With the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of daily life have taken a backseat. And rightfully so. The fitness world has seen its share of turmoil as the Olympic games, the Boston Marathon, all NCAA championships, and all professional sports leagues have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. Many personal fitness goals have been compromised as races and events world-wide have been cancelled, gyms and pools have been shut down, and most places are enacting ‘shelter in place’ protocols.
These unprecedented measures generate lots of uncertainty and decrease motivation for thousands if not millions of people. However, as with any health crisis, safeguarding your personal health and fitness goes a long way in helping bolster both the immune system AND improve mental health. As such, the CDC recommends exercising, eating healthily, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep as important measures to take even during the ‘shelter in place’ orders that many cities have enacted over recent days.
So, for those of us used to hitting the gym, the treadmill, the spin class, or the pool on a regular basis, how do we keep up our fitness routine when we’re asked to ‘shelter in place’?
Here are 6 suggestions (and 2 workouts) to help you keep fit while staying home:
So, take advantage of your time at home to get fit in your own space. These 6 tips should give you a few ideas to go on. To help you get started, here are two HIIT workouts, one more basic along with modifications to make exercise easier, and one more advanced with a harder and easier 55 time variation (40/20 seconds is harder, 30/30 seconds is easier).
Good luck everyone; keep up the at-home fitness and stay safe!
Workout 1: Beginner HIIT (with modifications)
1-4 rounds with 1 minute rest in between rounds. Each round is all exercises: 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest in between each exercise. Total duration is approximately 4-16 minutes
Workout 2 : Advanced HIIT
3-5 rounds with 1 minute rest in between rounds. Each round is all exercises: 30 or 40 seconds of work, 30 or 20 seconds of rest in between each exercise. Total duration is approximately 26-43 minutes