The coronavirus pandemic has drastically affected the daily rhythms of our lives, including our workout sessions. In response to the novel coronavirus most gyms and yoga studios have announced temporary shutdowns. As the coronavirus spreads not only are people restraining from going to the gym but they are also making a conscious effort to gym from home. However, not everyone keeps the gym equipment at home. The reason why most people are experiencing difficulty and looking for alternate solutions. In this post, we will discuss all those alternative solutions and help you not abandon your workouts – nor should we. Let’s begin!
Walking and Running
I am sure most of you might have decided to start this new year with a fitness plan in mind. And I can say with confidence that half of you still mean to begin with an exercise plan. This is the perfect time to start with an exercise routine because you will be locked down at home for a few weeks from now onwards. You will have ample time on your hands.
So, be productive and catch up on your exercise routines. Not only will exercise keep you healthy but it will also strengthen your immune system. So, lace up your jogging shoes because you can run outdoors, as long as you keep six feet distance from people. Or else stand-jog inside your room if you can’t go outside. In addition to this, you can also walk in your balcony, pace up and down the stairs to keep up with the routine you once had in the gym.
Most gym trainers provide strength training with the help of weights and heavy gym equipment. If you have weights at home, stop procrastinating and get on with it. You can also get in touch with your fitness trainers over a video call and learn everything required for you to strengthen your core or muscles. However, if you don’t have gym equipment at home, and the best recumbent bike you ordered will not reach your house until next week. Here’s what you can do.
Look for heavy items you can lift inside your home. For instance, a suitcase packed with books, a bag of rice weighing around 20-pounds, or a gallon of water weights. All these temporary weights will help you strengthen the required body part. Also, if you are craving fresh air, pack your backpack, wear it on your shoulders and then start with a set of ten push-ups and ten sit-ups. Remember to sanitize your hands at regular intervals while you exercise in your garden area or even inside.
Yoga will help you with two main things. First, it will help you stay healthy. Second, yoga will keep your mind calm amidst the coronavirus storm. So, no matter what is happening around you, yoga and some breathing exercises will help you stay focused and stress-free. In other words, with yoga, you can stay more in the present moment and worry less about the future.
To practice yoga inside your home, you have to find out whether the studio you practiced yoga with, provides online classes or not. If yes, you will get to see your favorite teacher on a regular basis. You can practice yoga as your teacher trains you on the video call. But if you don’t have that option then you can choose an online yoga program and practice yoga with a wide selection of free classes provided online. Also, while choosing an online yoga program consider finding the one that best suits your skills. For example, beginners should opt for a basic yoga course. This will help them clear the basics first while they alleviate stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
High-Intensity Interval Training
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a mix of intense anaerobic and cardiovascular exercises. In such training sessions, there are alternate short periods of intense anaerobic with fewer recovery periods. Although there is no universal rule for intense training sessions, but, it typically lasts for 30 minutes. In addition, the time for HIIT depends on two main factors. First, your fitness level and second the intensity of the workout session.
HIIT workouts provide improved metabolism and increased athletic capacity. So, ensure that you carry on with your high-intensity work out sessions as you previously did in the gym. Gym closure should not affect your activities because you can catch up with HIIT training sessions online.