Staying fit in times of uncertainty
We can learn from 2020 that we need to be able to adapt to changing situations quickly. 2020 is about discovering new ways to do everyday things like going to the gym, learning, shopping, and interacting with the world.
Some of the most important changes in the fitness and wellness industry were made when countries, regions, and cities developed COVID-19 mitigation plans. These plans limited the ability of fitness facilities to operate. Many facilities were closed or reduced hours, and Americans felt the consequences. Research reveals a variety of health issues that can be linked to a more sedentary lifestyle in COVID-19 lockdowns. These include weight gain and type 2 diabetes.
Some fitness centres continue to offer members streaming classes, outdoor workouts and online programs. If your gym does not offer online classes, you may have other options to stay fit. There are many options for staying active, whether at home, in your car, out on the track, or in other locations.
These are the top tips from fitness experts to stay fit despite COVID-19’s ever-changing restrictions.
- Live your life. You don’t have to do a workout on the treadmill or in a spin class every time. When time is tight, use everyday activities to incorporate movement. When walking your dog, pick up the pace. Play with your children and create a family exercise challenge. You can make cleaning a cardio exercise by including aerobic activities like stair climbing.
- Step into a streaming class. Gyms are a popular place to do group fitness. You can find free streaming classes on YouTube if your gym does not offer them. Search for the class you like (e.g., 30 minutes cardio HIIT or 45 minutes low-impact strength). There are many online classes to choose from. Paid apps like Daily Burn, Apple Fitness+, and Peloton offer monthly streaming plans.
- Make your home gym. You don’t have to buy expensive cardio or weight lifting equipment to create a home gym. You can invest in a few inexpensive items, such as a yoga mat and a basic set of dumbbells (8, 8 or 10 lbs) to make it easier to work out at home. You will need a jump rope and step/bench to get started. These items will allow you to set up a home gym that is compact and easy to store.
- Get out and explore your environment. COVID-19 might have shut down indoor exercise in your region, but you can still enjoy the great outdoors ( verify local regulations and restrictions). Explore new parks, trails, and bike paths if the weather is good. Exercise outdoors has many benefits that will challenge your body differently than indoor exercise. COVID-19 safety guidelines must be followed, including keeping at least 6 feet from others, wearing a mask if you’re around other people, and washing your hands thoroughly when using public facilities.
- Connect with an online personal trainer or coach to help you stay on track. Your chances of success increase if you have a plan and someone who holds you accountable. You should find a certified and experienced trainer to support you online and hold you accountable.
The COVID-19 pandemic has many unknowns, but one thing is certain: Your health and well-being should be your top priority. It takes creativity and willingness to find new ways to incorporate movement into your life.