The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted just about every aspect of our life, restricting our physical activities to a great extent. Many COVID-19-related health concerns have erupted to affect our physical and mental well-being. The causes can be attributed to the following:
- Change in Routine: There is a drastic change in the daily routine that working from home or kids taking online classes has brought about, making it difficult for people to find to exercise.
- Change in Dietary Habits: With too much time spent at home, people are likely to consume higher-calorie foods, leading to weight gain.
- Stress: People are trying to cope with a lot of mental issues, such as fear, anxiety, financial concerns, boredom, isolation, and stress.
Exercise can help deal with the health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following are the benefits of exercising:
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Prevents weight gain
- Improves sleep
- Improves balance, mobility, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health of the elderly
- Boosts energy levels and overall well-being
Tips for Exercising at Home During COVID-19
When you are spending all or most of your time being safe at home, it only makes sense to start an exercise regime at home. Dedicate at least three days a week to focus on your physical fitness. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
1. Research and select your home fitness equipment kit online
With the help of a home gym set, you can try out many workouts like hand exercises, dumbbell exercises to lifting. Your home gym equipment can include things that are cost-effective but really packs a punch when it comes to workouts. Some of the things you can buy for your home gym are pull-up bars that can be attached to the door frames, jump ropes, resistance bands, kettlebells, dumbells, and barbells.
2. Pick up a spot to exercise
The place you choose to exercise should be large enough to do core exercises and stretches. Consider storing your gym equipment in the closet or under the bed to free up space when you aren’t exercising.
3. Explore virtual group classes like dance and yoga
The pandemic has made many group exercise classes go online and on-demand. Enroll in a new online class. Invite a friend or family member to do a virtual workout together.
4. Find different workouts through online videos and apps
There are a lot of workout videos and apps available online for free. Test out a few workouts and settle for an instructor, series, or program that you like.
5. Include your family in your plans to stay active
If you have kids, encourage them to do pushups or create an obstacle course for them in the backyard. Other activities you can do with your family are cycling, yoga, football, dance parties, etc.
Although many things are beyond our control right now, incorporating various home gym ideas and doing regular exercise at home can ensure optimal health and well-being during the coronavirus pandemic.
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