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Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to gym closures and home confinement, leaving people to find new ways to stay fit. The World Health Organization encourages everyone to do two hours of moderate workout or one hour of intense exercise every week. Exercising regularly promotes healthy immune function, reduces weight gain, and boosts mood. This is the perfect time to take control of your healthy by developing a workout routine that you can keep up with. Here is a guide to help you keep fit during the quarantine.

Perform Outdoor Activities

Since quarantine doesn’t prohibit anyone from working out outside, you can still exercise while practicing social distancing. Also, ensure you follow the set guidelines when you go outside. Below are some of the outdoor activities you can engage in.

Cycling. Just as it is fun to cycle as a group, solo cycling can be enjoyable too. The results are rewarding and you get to have alone time. This routine helps you to stick to social distancing guidelines while still keeping fit. You can swap public transportation commute with a bike ride.

Dog walking. We’re advised to spend as much time as possible at home by the CDC. But this doesn’t apply to our dogs. They are not aware of what’s going on in the world today with regards to the coronavirus outbreak, thus the dogs still need their daily walks. Dog walking is a form of light exercise for both you and the dog. Always remember to keep distance between yourself and other dog walkers.

Jogging. If you’ve never incorporated jogging into your workout routine, now is the time to do so. Jogging can be both intense and light, depending on the speed and distance you want to go. Plus, it keeps you active and fit at the same time.

Do Indoor Workouts for Small Space

Since it’s not possible to access the gym and all its space and equipment, we have to improvise. You can find a lot of home workout routines online, some of which don’t require equipment. From YouTube videos to Facebook instructors to Instagram influencers, there is something for everyone.

We’ve outlined the common exercises that you can easily do at home.

Steps: Use the stairs in your house or apartment building to keep this workout going. Forget about the fitness steps, the stairs work just perfect. Even the steep steps in a public area where you live, you can make good use of them. Combining this with jogging yields better results.

Yoga: Fortunately, thanks to the internet, you can find plenty of online yoga classes, both free and paid. There are lots of playlists for beginners on YouTube. For those new to yoga, you should know that many yoga variations differ in intensity. For instance, yin yoga tends to be slow, while vinyasa and ashtanga yoga are intense.

Jump rope: Jump rope is a form of full body cardio exercise that strengthens the muscles in the legs and arms. Many boxers add jump ropes to their routine. However, you will need a little more space since you don’t want to smack things with the rope. You can do this outdoor if you live in an apartment to avoid disturbing the neighbors.

Pilates: Pilates promotes flexibility, balance, and strengthens muscles. This is a very popular home workout with lots of variations. In fact, some people don’t know how to differentiate Pilates from general aerobics and fitness workout. Google and choose the form of Pilates routine that best fits you.

Weight lifting: Weight lifting may take up space, especially if you’re dealing with large equipment. But, since most of us don’t have enough space to fit such equipment, why no invest in smaller dumbbells and kettlebells. Just like the other routines mentioned above, there are lots of information online for at-home dumbbell workouts.

Planks: Body workouts are now more popular than ever due to the practicality and simplicity of keeping fit using your own body weight. Planks don’t necessarily require you to use any form of equipment. They are the most effective type of workout that require less time investment while achieving substantial results in a short period. There are numerous videos online on how to do planks that are easy to follow.

Conclusion

Staying fit is not only essential for physical well-being, but also for a healthy mental state. Being stuck inside all day, especially if you were used to daily socialization can be a recipe for lack of motivation and even depression. Exercising and eating healthy is said to alleviate stress levels. Since nobody is sure when this quarantine period will be lifted, why don’t you learn to keep yourself active by doing the above routines?

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