In an effort to curb the spread of the
coronavirus, many states have issued a stay-at-home order
for their residents. In short, these residents are expected not to leave their
homes unless it’s an essential outing, such as picking up medications, buying
groceries, or going to a medical appointment.
This definitely changes things for those who
regularly work out at a neighborhood gym or practice at a local yoga studio.
However, it doesn’t change the fact that we should all do what we can to
maintain our health and well-being. If you’re stuck at home for the next
several weeks or longer, consider these tips to help you figure out a new
routine for staying fit and healthy.
The first step in keeping your healthy habits
intact is to move past talking about it, which requires figuring out a new
routine, and setting a plan in place for you to accomplish
your goals. Remember that it might not always be easy or convenient, even
though you’re “in the comfort of your own home.”
a home gym.
One effective way to set yourself up for
success—both short-term and long-term—is to build a home gym. That way, you can
always have a dedicated space to get your sweat on, and you can’t use the
excuse of not being able to make it to the gym.
One of the most important parts of creating a
home gym is getting the equipment you need. The right equipment will depend on
the types of exercises you will be doing. For
instance, you will need to get a treadmill, elliptical, and/or stationary bike for cardio workouts. Dumbbells,
kettlebells, resistance bands, and a weight bench are a few
things you might consider for strength training.
If you practice yoga (or aspire to), you can
create your own relaxing space to practice at home. For this,
you also need some essential equipment (e.g., mat, clothing,
props). Additionally, make sure your yoga sanctuary provides enough space to
comfortably do your poses, and include extra lighting, essential oil diffusers,
motivational art, indoor plants, and anything else that enhances the mood and
some workouts that you enjoy.
If you hate the exercises you’re doing each
day, it’s going to be a lot harder to stick to your routine. Consider the types
of movements you’re interested in, and try out a few different ones until you
find some that you enjoy.
It could be doing bootcamp workouts in the
backyard, running through the neighborhood solo, light dumbbell exercises in
the living room, cardio or strength training movements in your home gym, or a mixture of exercises; just find something you
can stick with.
your kitchen healthy.
Along with prioritizing your workouts, make
sure you have healthy foods in the kitchen. Nutrition is key
to maintaining your health, and working out won’t help all that much if your
diet is terrible. Leafy greens, veggies, fruit, eggs, lean proteins, healthy
fats, and nuts and seeds are all solid choices to rely on.
your sleep and relaxation.
Last but not least: be sure to sleep and
relax. Getting enough sleep is not only essential to your health and
well-being, but it will also help you to get the most out of your exercise routine. And
finding ways to de-stress and relax will do wonders for your
mental health during these uncertain times.
The most important thing you can do during the
coronavirus pandemic is to keep yourself and your family safe, and choosing to
stay home as much as possible is the best way to do that. If you’re willing to
commit to getting and staying healthy at home, consider building a home gym
and/or yoga space, and find some exercise routines that you can do on a regular
basis. Lastly, remember to keep healthy foods around and to prioritize sleep