It’s been months since the COVID-19 pandemic has completely transformed our lives and we are still feeling the effects of it today. Masks are an essential in any store and social distancing has become the new normal. With restaurants, movie theaters and gyms being closed, people have been forced to adapt to the new lifestyle COVID-19 has imposed on us. Due to the decrease in movement, people have started to become less active. As the pandemic continues and gyms remain closed for safety reasons, it’s important that we maintain the healthy and active lifestyle we had before lockdown.
Staying fit is important regardless of what’s happening, but it’s even more essential when we are in the midst of a pandemic. Exercise boosts your physical, mental and spiritual health and during a time like this we need positivity. Although it can be tempting, it’s important not to give up on your fitness routine just because the gym is closed, or you can’t attend a class. Home workouts are a great way to maintain your health and wellness routine and it can be done pretty easily even without a trainer or expensive gym equipment.
Why workout during a pandemic? Exercise is known for preventing weight gain, but it also offers a variety of other benefits that can help lower your risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. In addition, exercise helps to improve cognitive function, memory, sleep, mental health and give you a more positive outlook on life during the pandemic.
Working out at home has often been thought of as a last resort, but there are actually a number of advantages when it comes to working out at home. It can be as simple as setting up in the living room, backyard, basement or garage any time of day and getting in a quick workout. At home workouts are just as effective as gym workouts if not more and it includes other benefits like saving the travel time it would take to drive back and forth from the gym, encouraging your family to join the activity since they can see you working out, keeping consistent with workouts since it’s easier to maintain a routine and watching TV while you work up a sweat.
The great thing about working out at home is that no special equipment is required in order for you to see results. It can be beneficial to invest in some affordable home workout instruments, but overall minimal equipment is required. There are so many free resources online that can help guide you in your at home workout journey. From guides on strength training to meal plans to workout videos online. There is an endless amount of options when it comes to working out at home and no expensive equipment or trainers are required.
Although this pandemic has brought a lot of stress to many different people, there is a silver lining. This pandemic has brought us closer to nature and highlighted the importance of health and fitness in our everyday lives. It has allowed us to get back to basics and rely more on ourselves and or own motivation.