The pandemic has changed everything, including the way we work, socialize, and exercise. That doesn’t mean your fitness routine has to suffer.
Things may not be the same, but we can adjust to this new normal by making changes. This includes adapting your workout routine.
Let’s look into how you can keep up an exercise routine in the midst of COVID-19, even if your gym is closed.
Have a Fitness Plan
Having a plan will help you stick to your routine or get comfortable with a new routine. To help you stick with your plan, keep the following in mind:
Schedule Your Workouts
If you find yourself having trouble keeping your workouts, try scheduling them as you would a work meeting or doctor’s appointment. This helps you prioritize your fitness and lowers the chances of canceling these “appointments.”
Listing the workouts you’ll be doing each day will also help motivate you and help you mentally prepare for your routine.
Set Concrete Goals
It’s easier to stick to a workout routine if you have a goal in mind. Every workout will bring you a step closer to meeting this goal. The more specific your goal, the better.
For example, plan to run for 15 minutes on certain days and do half an hour of strength training on others.
Track Your Workout Routine
When setting goals, you’ll want to see how close you are to meeting them. Write down each workout or track your progress using fitness apps to show how well you’re doing in your fitness journey.
Keeping in touch with like-minded people will also help you stay on track.
No Gym? Incorporate At-Home Workouts
If you’re able to work out in the gym through the wearing of medical masks, you can follow the tips above to stay motivated. If your usual gym is still closed or you’d prefer to workout at home, there are some simple workouts you can do at home, no equipment needed:
All you need to get started with yoga is a mat. There are many online programs to choose from that can guide you through the process. Whether you’re a beginner or a yoga aficionado, there are programs for everyone.
Grab your running shoes and get outside for a workout that will provide you with fresh air while increasing endorphins. Whether you choose to walk or run, the most important thing is to have good footwear. Sometimes even new shoes won’t give you enough support on rough terrain. To solve this issue you should use shoe insoles that can secure your foot better, and make those long runs more enjoyable. You can find your perfect insoles at online stores like Protalus.
If you miss strength training, you can still get a workout using just your bodyweight. For a good workout that will help you keep your muscle tone, try:
- Air squats
- Reverse lunges
Adapt Your Workout Routine with These Tips
The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t have to put an end to your workout routine. While you may need to make some changes, you can still stay fit and healthy, even if you can’t get to a gym.
Make a plan, set goals, and track your progress to improve your chances of sticking with your new routine. If you’re trying to adjust to an at-home workout routine, you can do this by incorporating bodyweight exercises, cardio, and trying yoga.
You may just end up finding a new exercise that you love.
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