How to Stay Fit and Healthy While Staying Home and Social Distancing
Studies have shown that in as little as 3-4 weeks, you can start to lose a noticeable amount of the muscular and cardiovascular fitness you’ve worked to build. As we work towards a time period of over twice that in self-quarantine, the idea of being able to stay fit is presenting more of a challenge than ever.
Whether you’re a nonathlete or an avid fitness junkie struggling to adjust with the gym closed, everyone is starting to feel the impact of self-quarantine, especially when it comes to staying fit.
However, you don’t have to sacrifice your fitness just because you’re stuck at home. In fact, there are plenty of ways to stay fit without breaking social distancing guidelines.
Read on for our guide on how to stay fit during self-quarantine.
Do Cardio at Home to Stay Fit
With the gym closed and many major parks following suit, it’s no secret that many people are struggling to get the same level of cardiovascular exercise that their bodies were previously accustomed to. What’s more, having nothing to do can make it tempting to staying sedentary around the house getting very little physical activity in at all.
Still, it’s important to fight the urge to be sedentary for extended periods of time. Make it a goal to get at least 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular activity every day to stay fit.
Here are a few ways to exercise at home:
- Make sure you’re stretching before and after every workout.
- Do home workout videos via the internet, mobile apps, or other at-home video programs.
- Get steps in and stay fit by walking around the house and/or walking up and down the stairs.
- Create your own fitness regime and stick to a schedule.
- Do cardio activity around your neighborhood by walking, jogging, running, riding a bike, or doing whichever aerobic activities you enjoy.
Even when you aren’t able to leave the house, you can still find ways to stay fit. Setting goals for yourself and finding things you enjoy will make the whole process easier.
Work Strength Training Into Your Home Workout
When you’re planning your home workout to stay fit, be sure you’re working in at least 3-5 days of strength training as well. Designate days to focus on certain muscle groups, such as back/shoulders, biceps/triceps, and legs/lower body.
Even if you don’t have workout equipment at home, you can still find ways to target your muscles and build your strength. For example, you can find heavy objects around the house and use them as makeshift weights to complete your workouts. Or, you can do bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, pushups, and planks to build lean muscle and stay fit.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Your diet is incredibly important when you’re trying to stay fit. If you’re getting less physical activity than you’re used to, avoid overeating or loading up on sugar and simple carbohydrates. Instead, plan out a healthy diet of fresh, unprocessed foods that will help you feel good while you’re trying to stay fit.
Staying Fit During Self-Quarantine
While you’re in self-quarantine, it can be really difficult to keep up with your normal fitness routine. However, there are lots of ways to stay fit, even when you can’t leave the house. Now that you know more about staying fit at home, start working on your new fitness routine today.
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