Throughout the different stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult for some people to find time to be physically active. Between working from home, caring for kids and finding spots around town that are open, how can you remain active–and safe–during the pandemic? We’ve compiled a few ways that can help you stay fit and active even when it seems like everything is shut down around you.
Most public gyms are closed, but some might be open. If yours is one of the few that are open, we still recommend avoiding it until public health officials say otherwise. In the meantime, take your fitness outside! You might want to try a new hiking path or if there is a lake or river close by, try kayaking when the weather permits. You can also go for a walk or a run outside, but try to go in areas that aren’t as populated.
Choose a workout buddy
If you are choosing to go outside for fresh air and physical activity, invite a friend or family member, but avoid groups of 10 or more. It is important to choose activities that allow you to maintain an appropriate distance between each other, such as hiking, biking or walking. Do your best to minimize direct contact and save your high-fives for another day.
Participate in non-contact activities
It is key that you limit physical activity that might have contact. Keep in mind activities that require no contact and allow for spacing of six feet between everyone involved. By limiting physical contact, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some activities to try include biking or tennis. You can also go running or perform bodyweight workout routines while spaced apart from other people–or simply do it on your own at home.
Do home-based workouts
Part of remaining healthy and active is having a strong core and an aerobic fitness level that is appropriate for remaining fit. While at home, you can work on strengthening your core and cardiovascular condition without compromising your safety or those around you. If you have your own home gym, use it! There are also videos on YouTube that can guide you through at-home workout routines, even if you don’t have weights to use. There are also fitness instructors that offer online workout classes and routines to help.
Talk to your fitness community virtually
We cannot stress this enough: it is important to stay in touch with those that inspire you and hold you accountable. If you have a fitness community that you worked out with prior to the pandemic, make sure you are in touch with them virtually. This can mean setting up Zoom calls or creating a Facebook fitness group. Whatever you need to do to remain accountable and in touch with your crew is vital to maintaining your health and well-being.
What other ways are you staying active during the pandemic? Remember, your health and well-being is important so take good care of yourself. It can help minimize your sleep apnea symptoms along the way.