Quarantine Workouts

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Gosh, we’re going to get so fat with all this social distancing and staying quarantined at home. COVID-19, you’ve gone and closed all our gyms and fitness centers. We can’t even take a walk in the park or on the beach since government leaders ordered them closed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The irony is that exercising is recommended to keep healthy, especially at this time of high stress and anxiety.

Exercise, and proper nutrition, won’t prevent you from catching the coronavirus if you touch your face after being exposed to an infected person’s droplets. But exercise’s ability to boost overall health and our immune systems — in combination with a smart eating plan — is well documented.

The good news is there is no reason to forego exercising — even alone inside your own walls. Apparently, many of you already know this. “Dumbbells seemed to become the new toilet paper, and retail stores and Amazon have started selling out of the equipment,” the Atlantic reported Wednesday.

Here are some workout suggestions to help you put your new dumbbells to good use:

“There are tons of things you can do from your chair or sofa — squats, tricep dips, crunches, body work exercises and so on,” personal trainer Keris Hopkins told the BBC.

“If you have kids at home, you can get them involved. Make activities fun, like running around or playing hide and seek. Just keep moving,” she said.

Exercises that work more than one muscle group at a time — like squats, lunges, push-ups, planks and dips — can give you a quick workout without equipment, said WebMD.

Try to do these exercises three or four days a week, 15 to 20 minutes per session, fitness consultant Michael Stefano told WebMD.

As always, aim for 30 minutes daily of some form of exercise.

Alternate upper and lower body workouts, experts suggest. Stomach, or abs, exercises can be done daily because these muscles don’t need as long a recovery time, says fitness guru Jane Fonda on her “5 Minute Abs” workout, which you can watch on YouTube.

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