The closure of gyms and indoor sports venues has affected not only the people who run and operate them, but also those who frequent these places to stay fit and healthy.
While it’s best to comply with the government’s guidelines for social distancing so that we can finally beat the COVID-19 pandemic, it may not be ideal to forgo physical activities as this may lead to a host of ailments.
Why not start incorporating some easy and fun exercises into your daily routine to maintain your physical and mental health? If you’re up to it, here are 5 home workouts that will surely pump you up without breaking any social distancing rules.
Nothing can surpass the benefits of walking. It’s beneficial to the heart, lungs and immune system. Plus, it's a quick way to burn calories, ease stiff joints and increase your energy levels. Enjoy a 30-minute walk each day around your neighbourhood while making sure that you maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other walkers.
If you’re looking for an exercise that will keep your mind, body and soul in sync, that will have to be yoga. Practicing yoga regularly will vastly improve your physical, mental and spiritual health. Aside from developing a strong and nice body, doing different yoga poses will help you achieve a clear mind. You can practice yoga in your garden, in the neighbourhood park or even in your living room. In fact, signing up for an online yoga class will make the whole experience even more enjoyable.
Push-ups and Sit-ups
Here’s an exercise combo that will help you achieve great abs and a chiseled upper body without going from point A to point B — hence lowering your risk of breaking the rules on social distancing. Doing regular push-ups is a great way to tone muscles and boost vitality. Sit-ups, on the other hand, strengthen the core, improve posture and increase flexibility.
Just like with push-ups and sit-ups, doing mountain climbers won’t get you anywhere, and we mean this in the literal sense. Its health benefits are numerous, ranging from boosting your cardiovascular endurance to increasing your range of mobility. It’s actually very easy to do. Start in a push-up position, then bend one knee and draw it towards your chest while keeping the other leg straight. Repeat this with the other side. Do this exercise continuously for 30 seconds, alternating both legs.
Meditation is a mental exercise that creates synergy between the mind and spirit. Meditating as often as you can within a given day helps raise self-awareness, improve mental clarity and reduce stress and anxiety.
The whole COVID-19 situation may have turned our lives upside down. But we have greater power to stay fit, happy and sane with these 5 workouts that we can do in the comfort of our own homes while maintaining social distancing.