Keep Your Distance and Exercise From Home: Fitness Tips for Self-Isolation


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There’s one thing that the pandemic is teaching us: Life goes on. And as keeping up immunity and staying healthy is the best way to fight this virus, you simply can’t drop the ball on your health routines and must, in fact, take great pains to stick to them. Easier said than done, yes, especially when many gyms are closed, but really no less doable. So in the spirit of social distancing, here’s how you can easily get fit at home and even enjoy it.


Create the Right Environment


No doubt, the biggest hurdle to working out from home is the fact that it’s generally not set up as a fitness center, so it can be hard to “get in the mood.” However, turning your home into a place of fitness is easy enough to do. It can even be done even when you have space constraints.


First thing’s first: Know that you actually don’t need to have a dedicated room or large space to exercise at home. In fact, as long as you have enough space to roll out a yoga mat, you should be good to go. Of course, you can always make this nook a little more primed for a workout, so consider investing in equipment too, such as blocks, straps, and other props for yoga practice, or some free weights and resistance bands for strength and resistance training. Otherwise, you can always go for equipment-free, bodyweight exercises.


If you have the space and budget, you may want to consider turning a spare bedroom, garage, or basement into a home gym and adding any workout equipment you need (e.g., treadmill, stationary bike, weights). Keep in mind that if you create a space with multiple functions, you may be able to increase your home’s appraisal value as well.


Get on the Internet


Now, another possible impediment to working out at home that you might encounter is the absence of your trainer or yoga teacher. Thankfully, countless fitness experts have been providing online instruction through apps and video streaming services for years, and since the pandemic, more have been added to the mix.


Needless to say, these days, getting a workout in is actually as easy as going online and firing up an app. The best part is that there are so many options easily accessible online today that you can actually keep things fun and interesting by trying out different workouts.


If you want to splurge on yourself a bit, look into getting a smartwatch to help you keep up with your routines. Not only can you download helpful apps to your smartwatch, but it can also track your vitals and goals. You can even add a watch band as a stylish complement to your workouts, as well as help keep the device secure.


Stay Close (to Home, That Is)


Finally, just because you’re self-isolating doesn’t mean that you can’t spend some time outdoors. In fact, there’s still no better way to get your requisite daily dose of vitamin D than by spending some time in the sunshine. Furthermore, nature’s healing powers are needed now more than ever to help boost immunity and help keep your mental health in check.


The key is to strictly adhere to the tenets of social distancing. This means sticking to areas close to home that are easily walkable and sparsely populated. So yes, while a nice walk around the neighborhood is more than ideal, heading to your nearest basketball court for a game of ball, for example, is definitely a no-no.


Why not keep your outdoor time a lot more fun with activities you can do on your own? Rollerblading, for one, is a great idea. A good pair of rollerblades will undoubtedly be a sound investment for the situation because it doesn’t cost that much, yet the fun factor is more than priceless.


Indeed, taking care of your body while you’re self-isolating is not only good for keeping you healthy and virus-free, but it will also help keep you sane. Besides, it’s not like you have anything better to do, so why not achieve something tangible in your free time?


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