Gyms have closed, online retailers have stopped shipments for equipment, and working out in groups has been frowned upon as if you were huddling up to sneak drugs out of the country.
It leaves us, as a society, in despair and complete remorse over the simple act of being able to go to the gym everyday.
So I took it upon myself to give you a few tips – that you haven’t read in many other articles – to make sure you make the most out of your quarantine life.
So here we go:
- Get accountability. This is by far the biggest thing to do! Have a spouse, significant other, or even family member be your new workout buddy! Plan each day and time you will work out and what you will do! Having this other person will make you rely on one another, which is far better than yourself when going though a stressful time. If you have not seen the Facebook group I made full of FREE live workouts, videos, tips and fitness information for our county, check it out by searching on Facebook for Franklin’s Immunity Community.
2. Drink up! No, not whisky, but WATER! Try adding in lemon and other electrolytes for added benefit. The more you hydrate, the less chance you have of getting sick, and as an added benefit, you will not be feeling so hungry and eating the stockpile of food you just went to the store to get!
3. Spring Clean! Did you know cleaning burns anywhere from 300-500 calories per hour!? A good solid hour of cleaning and you just got a solid workout that is better than doing any slow cardio because of the full body engagement you get! I mean, I know you feel those abs working when you are cleaning the floors!
4. Escape in nature. We are all tied up with constant stress, anxiety and close confinement during the working hours, so using this time to get out and enjoy a nice hike or walk in the woods will do more than help your fitness, but also give your mind a new break it hasn’t had before. My dog, Brea, and I did a few time this past weeks.
5. Eat Well. This goes without being said. We all have more time on our hands so it is a GREAT opportunity to test your cooking skills! By doing so, you are going to eat up to 40% less calories than you would eating out….And you can fine tune your meals to include some seriously healthy foods that combat stress and anxiety like salmon, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, avocado, greens, sweet potatoes, turmeric, oats and yogurt.
6. Set a personal goal. I know many of your races and events are canceled. Lots are at stake, and maybe even something you have been training for for months is now being canceled. This is where you have to take a deeper look as to WHY you workout in the first place. Are you truly training to run that sub 5:00 mile? Are you lifting weights to get the 500lb squat? What if you just are simply reminding yourself that you are doing this all to be healthy and because God gave you this gift of exercise? Whatever the reason, finding and reminding yourself of your WHY is important when things like races and gyms are canceled and closed.
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