This is a very trying time for all of us. Our routines have been severely disrupted due to Coronavirus. This virus is like nothing any of us have ever experienced before. The last time I had to stay home and not go out at night was after hurricane Sandy. The only difference right now (for me) is we have electricity while we are told to stay indoors and away from others as much as possible.
This type of disruption means we need to figure out how do we maintain a sense of normalcy and routine while adapting to our new reality. I routinely go to the gym and fitness classes. I typically go 5 days a week. I like to have variety of workouts that I do because it helps me not get bored. I run once a week, use elliptical machines, stair master, walking treadmills, spin class, yoga and weight lift. This means if I miss a day, I just don't feel like myself,
But what if you are new to an exercise routine? What if you had just started a new workout routine before the virus changed our lives? You may not have the desire to do exercises because you may be stressed or unmotivated or glued to the TV or social media to figure out what is going to happen next.
Exercise is even more important right now. Especially if you don't have any symptoms of Coronavirus. Exercise has so many benefits that can keep us well during this stressful time.
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Makes us more energetic
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There are 3 quick and easy steps you can take right now to continue your exercise routine.
#1 SCHEDULE THE TIME
Just like you were going to work or the kids were going to school, before Coronavirus you had a schedule. You knew which days and times you could go to the gym. Now is the time to create a new schedule.
When I write something down in my calendar or on my to-do list, I am more likely to stick to it. Now is the time to have that schedule. Since kids are being schooled at home, maybe your time to get some exercise is the time that they get to play. If you are able to get outside, maybe you all go for a walk. If you can't, maybe you put on the kids favorite dance music and you all dance for 30 minutes. Building the activity into the day will help everyone keep to the schedule and give everyone a much needed mental break.
#2 FIND UNIQUE WAYS TO BE ACTIVE
I am truly blown away by all of the free offerings on social media for exercise classes. Whether it is yoga, HITT or dancing, there are so many free options to get physical now is the time to try something new. Here are a few free classes to check out:
Another way to be uniquely active is when you have to go to the food store or pharmacy. While a lot of people have been stocking up on products, there will ultimately be something you have to go out to get. Is the purchase small enough that you can ride a bike to the store and back? If not, can you park further away from the store and walk briskly into the store?
Another unique way to be active is to stand more. Instead of sitting at a computer, can you stand? Do you have a treadmill in the house that you haven't been using that can be converted to a stand up desk? You may even try turning it on at a low speed to walk while you type or take a conference call. By finding these little ways to get more movement into your day, you can keep your body healthy and strong.
#3 PLAN AHEAD FOR BAD WEATHER
I've been keeping track of the weather since we are not allowed to go to the office so I maximize my time outside. I've been making it a point in my schedule to walk for 30 minutes ever since I have been home bound. I am lucky that I am able to map out a route in the neighborhood that even if others are walking, we can keep our distance. If you live in a more congested area, planning ahead can also help you avoid peak hours when others are outside, helping you to practice social distancing.
But knowing when I may not be able to get outside is helping me balance indoor versus outdoor activities. It is springtime in New Jersey so the weather can be rainy and not conducive to go outside. If this is the case, I will take two free classes one in the morning and one in the afternoon to keep to my schedule. Also, if the weather is nice, I will take a bike ride which gives me variety like I normally have when I go to the gym or fitness classes.
I hope you found this post inspiring on how to keep a fitness routine. It may seem difficult during the Coronavirus situation to stay active, but it is one of our best defenses to stay healthy. Plus, just think how much better you will feel both mentally and physically when you take some time to focus on yourself.
Do you think you will try any of the above? If so, leave me a comment below. Be well!