As the prevalence of COVID-19 cases keeps the country confined to their homes, it is important to stay active in order to sustain good physical and mental health. The following are tips on how to stay active while at home in self-quarantine.
Follow an online exercise class. Lots of interactive fitness subscriptions that normally cost a fee are now free. SoulCycle, for example, an indoor cycling oriented fitness company is now offering free off-the-bike workouts, including dance and body weight movement classes. On their website, you can find a weekly schedule of all the instructors along with the type of workout and their instagram handles to follow along at home. Similarly, Nike has waived its previously $14.99 per month subscription fee for its exclusive Nike+ Training Club. Members and nonmembers alike can enjoy over 180 free workouts from yoga to cardio as well as guided running and wellness programs.
“Most of the time I find exercises on Youtube. My favorite fitness YouTubers are Chloe Ting and MadFit. I have been trying out their summer workout challenge and I always feel good afterwards,” Joanna Buestan (’20) said.
Get outside. Whether it is taking a walk, going for a jog, or riding a bike, cardiovascular fitness not only burns calories, but it also boosts energy and improves your mood, according to HelpGuide. During this time of uncertainty, stress is very common, but being outside can reduce symptoms of social withdrawal. Just be sure to protect yourself and others by maintaining a safe distance and wearing a mask.
“I always want my students to care about their health. Exercising is important in order to ensure that there are less health-related problems for you to worry about later on.” health teacher Ms. Sher-Kalter said.
Create a routine. Keeping yourself on a consistent schedule/routine will prevent you from procrastinating throughout quarantine. It is important to stay active, but make sure to incorporate breaks as well. It is normal during this time to feel an overwhelming need to be productive, but taking breaks is okay.
“I find that being quarantined has definitely been more of a mental battle than a physical one, but exercising does help my mental state when I find the time to do it,” Anissa Askew (’20) said.
Staying at home for a prolonged period of time can pose as a challenge, but physical activity can be a valuable tool to help you remain grounded and continue to protect your health during this time.