Tips for Maintaining Your Workouts During Corona
It can be hard to stick to a fitness routine when each day of quarantine seems to run into the next one so here are some tips to workout during corona.
It can be hard to stick to a fitness routine when each day of quarantine seems to run into the next one. You can't go to the gym, your workout buddies are off-limits, and many of the places you would turn for physical activity are now closed. That doesn't mean you should throw in the towel and give up hope on staying in shape. In fact, since exercise can help improve your health outcomes and reduce your chance of developing a chronic health condition, there are more reasons to continue now than ever before. Following a few tips can help you keep your fitness routine on track during coronavirus stay at home orders.
Set SMART Fitness Goals
Goals are what helps you move forward. They give you something to work toward. Now is a great time to evaluate where you see yourself going and how you plan to get there. Don't settle for mediocre goal setting strategies, though. Use SMART fitness goals to achieve the best results. These will be:
Specific - Pinpoint what you hope to achieve with your goal instead of using arbitrary or general terms.
Measurable - This is how you will know when you have achieved your goal. Look for something that is easily quantifiable, like steps, repetitions, or calories.
Achievable - Sure, you want to challenge yourself, but you also want to be realistic. Set goals that are achievable, even if you have to work extra hard to get to them.
Relevant - Any goals you develop should move you closer to your ultimate goal. If that is to increase your fitness, then the goals you set should be related to health, wellness, and fitness activities.
Time-Bound - Set a time limit for achieving your goals or put them within a specific time frame. You might say you will walk 5 miles each week. This gives you a deadline to meet and keeps you from procrastinating and dragging the process out.
Stick to a Healthy Diet
Healthy diets come in all shapes and sizes. Many, like the Mediterranean, DASH and flexitarian diets, rely heavily on plant-based foods. Ultimately, however, the best healthy diet for you to use is the one that you will stick to. It should meet your nutritional needs and provide enough calories to sustain your energy levels and muscle development. Increase your water intake while you are isolating too. Dehydration can quickly sap energy levels and lead to increased soreness and muscle pain.
Find Support and Social Connections
The friends you make and the support system you develop at the gym play a major role in keeping you on track toward meeting your fitness goals. That is why, for many people, the lack of social connections and support is easily one of the most difficult aspects of being in quarantine. Luckily, we live in a time where those connections can still happen, even if it is in a different way.
The Thrive Experience shows how big of a role social media can play. Beyond allowing you to keep in touch with friends and family members, online groups can be a tremendous avenue of support and encouragement. Video conferencing is useful for getting groups together in a virtual sphere. You might even be able to get a group together to workout through one of the platforms that are available. You can also use them to stream online classes from local or national gyms. Of course, you can also pick up the phone and call a friend you haven't spoken to in a while. Phone calls have soared during stay at home orders, as people are reconnecting in different ways.
Get Some Basic Home Equipment
You don't have to invest a huge amount in home exercise equipment to be successful. However, a few basic tools can really help. A few pieces you should pick up include:
- A resistance band
- A yoga mat or thick towel
- A foam roller or small ball
If you aren't familiar with these tools, turn to the internet. There are loads of online tutorials and exercise charts that provide creative ways to use them. Once things return to normal, you will have a nice set of versatile equipment that can be used pretty much anywhere.
No matter how long it seems to be dragging on, the coronavirus pandemic won't last forever. Staying fit while you are in quarantine will make it that much easier to return to your normal fitness routine once it's over.