With many people spending more time at home because their localities may be on lockdown or have other restrictions, they are turning to ways to maintain or improve their fitness with less social interaction. There are several exercises that can work whether you are at home or in your neighborhood.
Walking or running are probably the best exercises to do while on lockdown because it is accessible to most people. If you do not own a treadmill, walking or running outside is a great way to get in exercise while practicing social distancing. Of course, walking or running can seem redundant. To keep your activity interesting, if you are exercising outside, try to keep your routes interesting, especially as the seasons change. Changing the intensity of your exercise by walking or running faster and finding progressively more challenging inclines not only varies your workout but will result in better physical endurance and burning more calories.
Strength-training is also ideal during lockdown because you can often order the necessary equipment online and perform exercises that use your body weight. Depending on your level of fitness, you should start with bodyweight exercises that generally target large muscle groups or several muscle groups at once. Push-ups are good for the chest and arms and people with less strength can do a modified push-up by getting on their knees as opposed to the tips of their toes. People with more strength and endurance frequently mix up the types of push-ups they do to keep their activity challenging. Squats and lunges are also excellent for the lower-body. Most any strength-training exercise can be revved up by adding resistance bands or weights, which are affordable options.
In the digital age, there are many resources to attend exercise classes, even when you are at home. By searching around social media, you can find a wide variety of exercise videos to keep your workouts interesting. If exercise videos become boring, check out services that provide live-streaming of exercise classes. Many people choose live-streaming exercise classes because they are convenient, but they are also helpful for people who are uncomfortable exercising in a traditional class. You can typically find live-streaming classes in a wide variety of workouts, such as aerobics, kickboxing, spinning, and yoga. Watching classes in real-time can reduce complacency.
Just because the gym may not be accessible to you, doesn't mean you cannot have challenging and versatile workouts. There are many types of activities you can do at home or in your neighborhood.
To get started, reach out to a local fitness class instructor.