Staying in Shape While at Home

During these odd times, going to the gym or the school’s weight room is not an option, but do not let that keep you from staying in shape. Not everyone has fancy gym equipment at their disposal. You can use almost anything at home to work out and stay fit.

Some good exercises to do at home are push- ups, sit- ups, squats, burpees, and jumping jacks. You could do these for 30 seconds in a row and repeat five times. Walking up and down the stairs is a way to mimic the stairclimber at the gym. Doing housework such as running the sweeper, pulling weeds, or using a push mower also can help strengthen your muscles.

If you do not have access to anything weighted but you still would like to lift, substitute reps for weight. For example, if you lift 130 pounds but only have access to something equivalent to 65 pounds, you can double the amount of reps you normally do. Most backpacks can hold up to thirty pounds, this means one could do dumbbell exercises with a backpack.

There are plenty of fitness apps popping up all over the place that can help you track your progress towards different goals. Apps like Sworkit and 7 Minute Workout are great for squeezing in a quick brain break between your school work. YouTube is also full of free workout videos.

If you are more into the idea of running or jogging you can always run or jog outside close to where you live. If you are lucky to have a dog then walking your dog can be beneficial to you both. Exercising in the sunlight gets you more vitamin D which boosts your immune system.

Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do from home. Try to cut back on sugary, fatty and processed foods when you can, and aim to fuel yourself with balanced portions of protein, whole grains, veggies and fruits. You can still enjoy treats or foods you love in moderation.

Whatever exercise routine you choose, your workouts should serve as an important and required part of your day, like brushing your teeth. Consistency is key to seeing results and being happy with the choices you make during quarantine.

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