Originally published on patch.com
The gym is an outlet for many people when it comes to managing stress, anxiety, and personal health. As the world currently undergoes a pandemic, being quarantined without gym access can make staying fit mentally and physically seem more difficult for gym lovers.
Larry Greenfield, a New York native and fitness expert, offers a helping hand on how to bring the gym home successfully. Below, he highlights methods on how to stay fit during the quarantine.
Take short and active breaks throughout the day
Keep your body moving and stay active in your home by taking short energetic breaks throughout the day. These several small breaks a day will add up to a physically engaging week. The World Health Organization (WHO) office based out of Europe suggests trying proactive and positive stimulating activities such as dancing by yourself or with family members, playing with children, or checking off chores like gardening and cleaning. The WHO also suggests 150 minutes of moderate movement a week or intense workouts that total to 75 minutes per week. An amalgamation of both is just as effective, too.
Go on a jog (safely)
Receiving our vitamin D from the sun is essential, and it is mentally unhealthy to keep yourself from daylight for too long. For the runners of the world, running in the sun seems so sweet at times like these. If you want to maintain your fitness stamina from running, be sure to do so safely and unselfishly.
There has currently been no surfaced evidence to show that you can catch the coronavirus while running outside. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned to avoid touching any surfaces that someone could cough or sneeze on to prevent further spreading of the virus or personal infection. The CDC has not discouraged outdoor fitness, but they do encourage those exercising outside to be smart and aware of the precautionary practices such as social distancing and wearing a cloth mask that can be washed and sanitized daily.
Yes, wearing a mask makes running more strenuous, but by slowing down your pace and implementing breathing exercises, you can execute a more pleasant run.
Find your fitness groove indoors
If the idea of jogging outside does not sit well with you during this pandemic, then have no fear, because inside fitness fun is just a few clicks away. There are tons of free online exercise classes for you to explore and try. YouTube is a great platform to start from by searching keywords such as "yoga" or "Pilates." You might find multiple, small, three to five-minute workout routines that you can use during your frequent breaks throughout the day.
Free classes can be a hassle to search for and find at first, so if that's the case for you, consider buying a monthly subscription to have access to a library of full on-demand classes. Fitness organizations such as CorePower Yoga offer instant access for only $19.99 a month to over 250 online courses that include practice in yoga, sculpt, and meditation.