While many people around the world are currently confined to their homes by now thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, very few individuals will be privileged enough to have a gym in their houses. This means that a lot of our exercise will be limited to what we can do indoors. Sadly, our otherwise active exercise routines like walking, running and weightlifting will be curbed.
This period of isolation cannot last forever, however! Once it ends, we’re all going to get back into our favorite exercise routines like newly freed prisoners. Just remember to be gentle on your now sensitive body, starting off with moderate exercises before ramping up the pressure!
Beginning with Walking
Once you can step outside of your home safely to greet the morning sunshine, your body is going to need a loving readjustment to even just walking. Your knees and legs, in general, will have lost much of their conditioning.
This means that you should start off by going for walks to get the lubrication and performance back into your body. This routine should last for about a week to make sure that all of your moving parts get back into working shape safely.
You really do not want to bolt out of your door like a cheetah from day one, as you could very easily pull a muscle or sprain an ankle. Be gentle to your well-rested body before you start getting back into your usual several-miles’ long runs.
If you aren’t the most experienced exercise fan but feel that training will be much needed when lockdown ends, then it is important to plan and execute the right exercise routine.
How to Get an Exercise Routine Going
Figuring out what you want to get out of training is the most important thing to consider when establishing your personal exercise routine. Do you want to shed some of the pounds you collected during isolation, or are you more interested in bulking up muscle with weightlifting?
It is obviously going to be quite difficult transitioning back into an active lifestyle. Time management and day planning will be essential if you are going to balance exercising with work and social commitments. To begin with, try to slot in half-hour sessions at least twice a week.
Experts strongly recommend weight training, due to its incredible fat-burning outcomes on top of building muscle. This is the best way to make the most out of a tight schedule. As the weeks go by and you find that you have caught up with the increased demands of returning to normal life, you can then begin sparing more time and energy for exercising.
You probably currently have a lot of extra time on your hands, however, so exercising from home can be quite easily achieved!
Working Out from Home, Isolation Style!
While you won’t be able to work all the muscle groups that a gym would allow you to, exercising from home during isolation is still mandatory. Exercising during this limiting period is also a fantastic way to stay motivated, energetic and happy.
Yoga is one of the best exercise methods to do at home. All that you need is a comfortable exercise mat or cushy blanket. There are plenty of amazing yoga instruction videos available on platforms like YouTube.
If you want to do strength training then grab a chair, an exercise mat and a pair of dumbbells. If you do not have dumbbells, then jars and buckets can easily be repurposed into liftable weights! Aerobics is another fantastic form of exercise that can be happily performed from the comfort of your living room.