Massive stay at home orders issued last month led to the majority of Americans leading sedentary lives. Certain research suggests that exercise may be good in this particular pandemic for several reasons. Exercise is not only great for physical health but it can also boost immunity, which can help you fight diseases. Exercise is also good for mental health and can help to balance all of the extra anxiety you may be feeling. There have also been some studies that show that exercise may be particularly good for fighting this particular pathogen and help lower your odds of having acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) which medical professionals have seen often in the most severe of cases of COVD-19.
With a limited ability to go outside, you may be asking how you’re supposed to exercise? As long as you’re not on a super busy running or biking path, and you’re able to maintain social distancing, experts say that exercise is fine and even encourage it. If going outside makes you panic and it seems too soon though, there are actually plenty of exercise you can do at home to get your heart pumping.
Jump rope – You can buy a jump rope for just a few dollars and it can provide you with one of the highest calorie workouts. The average person can burn up to 300 calories jumping rope for just 15 minutes! This makes it an ideal workout for someone with limited time to exercise and can easily be done at home.
Climbing stairs – You can do this if you have stairs in your home or even if you live in an apartment building. Climbing stairs is another high intensity workout and burns more calories than jogging! Climbing stairs is also highly effective for shaping your legs and glutes so that you can show them off once life gets back to normal.
Laps around your home – Whether your house is long and narrow or wide and rectangular, you can run laps in your home. If you have small kids at home, you can even make a game out of chasing them (and hopefully wear them down) while burning calories! If you have a fitness tracker, you can use it to help you gauge how many laps around the house you need to run to hit your goal.
Strength exercises – There are plenty of strength exercises you can do at home. If you have weights, the options of exercises you can partake in are even vaster but even if you don’t there are plenty of exercises you can do using just your body weight. There is also no shortage of strength workouts available online complete with guides on how to do each of the exercises.
Yoga/pilates – There are plenty of videos available for free online that will allow you to fully reach your zen. These exercises will not only help you to strengthen your core, lengthen and tone but may help to relieve some of that extra stress you’ve been taking on in a healthy way.
As you’re reading this, you may be thinking that there’s barely enough time to eat or shower anymore, how are you going to fit in a workout. Aiming for shorter workouts can be a great way to ensure you get some exercise in. If you can complete a full 30 minute workout, that’s wonderful, but if in a given day you have to spread that 30 minute workout over the course of the day or can only fit in 10 minutes, it’s better than doing nothing. The more you incorporate it into your days, the more it becomes a part of your routine and the more successful you’ll be maintaining it in future days.