There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by without devastating news regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Since the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak has had catastrophic effects, resulting in millions of deaths across the world. With many of us feeling worried and anxious, starting or maintaining a fitness regime can be one of the keys to combatting stress.
Whether you’re a regular gym-goer, or about to embark on your fitness journey, here are some ways to maintain your regime during the coronavirus pandemic.
Work Out from Home
Millions of Americans have been ordered to work from home due to COVID-19. Spending more time indoors can be difficult for some. So, if you fall into this category and are worried about keeping active, there are lots of ways you can work out from the comfort of your own home. Setting up your own home gym and purchasing equipment can serve as a constant reminder to work out and keep fit. Finding some time to dedicate to exercise will prove beneficial for both your mental and physical wellbeing.
If your mental and physical health has taken a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is nothing more rewarding than heading outdoors and getting fresh air in your lungs. Whether you go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood, or a jog in your local park, being outside in the sunlight can reduce stress levels, improve cardiovascular health, and top up your vitamin D levels. When you head outside, make sure you maintain social distancing guidelines.
Keep Things Interesting
If your local gym has been ordered to shut, boredom may set in, which can decrease productivity levels. Having the motivation to work out can be challenging during these times. So, switching things up and trying something new can be a great way to regain your focus. There are tons of virtual physical activity programs you can join, which will push you out of your comfort zone and give you something interesting to concentrate on.
Thanks to technology, you can virtually communicate with other fitness fanatics across the country, which can be a great opportunity to socialize and keep your spirits up. Now is the perfect chance to try out a new hobby or set yourself goals to keep you motivated.
Staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic is vital for your health and fitness. Whether it’s by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face-covering, or maintaining social distancing, all three combined will reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19. If your local gym has reopened its doors, you may be anxious about setting foot through the door. However, all gyms have vigorous safety protocols in place to protect visitors, such as by installing a sneeze guard between customers and installing hand sanitizer stations for everyone to use.
Keeping your energy levels up during these unsettling times is imperative for your health and wellbeing. While the future is uncertain, there are lots of ways you can keep fit and active during and post the pandemic.