The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all in a million big and small ways, and it doesn’t look like things will get back to normal anytime soon. We are all being called upon to do our part to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of the virus through social distancing. While this is undeniably the right thing to do, isolating ourselves (and our kids!) in our homes can make it difficult to engage in many of the routines and activities we use to keep ourselves healthy physically, psychologically and emotionally, making it even harder to get through the day-to-day challenges we’re all facing.
For many of us, going to the gym on a regular basis is a key part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, whether through strength training, yoga classes, cardio workouts or countless other activities. Over 60 million people in the United States alone reportedly have active gym memberships, with total annual gym visits topping 6 billion. It can be extremely difficult to suddenly, albeit temporarily, lose access to the very hub of your fitness lifestyle during such trying times, and there will surely be no shortage of people experiencing real gym withdrawal in the days and weeks to come. If you’re among that group, we have a few ideas to help you keep your sanity and maintain your fitness routine when you can’t get to the gym.
Get Outside and Move Around
Obviously, if you have the resources, space and inclination to build a home gym with the kind of top-of-the-line equipment you’d find at your local fitness center, you probably don’t need much advice right now. For the rest of us, it’s important to create a fitness routine that takes advantage of the resources you *do* have at your disposal. One of those resources, assuming the weather cooperates, is the Great Outdoors. There’s no prohibition against getting outside and taking a walk, run or bike ride, as long as you can avoid crowded areas and stay six feet away from your neighbors. You may have been running on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike for so long that you forgot all about the old-fashioned techniques our ancestors used, but there’s no time like the present to rediscover the ancient art of analog cardio. Stay calm, breathe in some fresh air and get moving!
Stay Inside and Build Strength
Another resource you have at your disposal is, well…your own body. By engaging in isometric exercises that don’t require weights or expensive equipment, you can build, grow and maintain strength in the comfort of your own home. That’s where the Activ5 device comes into play. Activ5 uses hundreds of unique workouts, exercises and games to build and grow strength in every area of the body, and all that’s required is a small portable device, an app on your phone or tablet, and your time. Think of Activ5 as a portable strength trainer built for the era of social distancing. Though it may not fully take the place of the actual trainer you’re used to seeing at the gym, it does offer a highly customized series of workouts and exercises that will help you reach your specific goals while taking into account your current fitness level, age, lifestyle and many other factors.
Stick to the Routine
Whatever fitness methods you choose to replace regular gym visits, it’s important to set up a routine and stick with it. Without the help and structure provided by a trainer, a regular set of classes or a group of workout buddies, it can be difficult to maintain a normal exercise schedule when everything else around you seems completely abnormal. But your body, mind and soul will be better off in the long run if you can continue to make fitness a regular part of your daily routine, and you’ll be raring to go once those gym doors open back up.