With all of those Stay at Home orders causing gyms, parks, and public spaces to change the way that they operate, it can be hard to find ways to keep your distance while keeping in shape. Many of us have had to find creative new ways to stay in shape without relying on the gym, our cross-fit classes, or our workout buddies. At Purlife we wholeheartedly understand the benefits and the importance of group workouts and yoga classes, but even we have had to find creative ways to be happy and healthy at home. Here’s everything that you need to know about staying active while practicing social distancing!
Why Is It Important to Be Active
Staying active, even in quarantine, is incredibly important for your physical health as well as your mental health. Physical activities like walking around the block, doing body-weight exercises in your garage, and even doing stretches and yoga can help keep your body running smoothly while helping your brain release endorphins that make you feel better. Even if you still feel a little stir-crazy.
How Much Activity Do Adults Need to Stay Fit?
Daily physical activity is important for both adults and children alike. It’s important that adults get at least 150 minutes (about 30 minutes a day) of aerobic exercise. Take a walk around your neighborhood every day, dance along to your favorite live-stream performances on Youtube, or hop on the stationary bike and catch up on some tv! A little bit of movement every day can go a long way.
Is It Safe to Exercise Outside?
Being outside is safe as long as you remember to practice social distancing and remember to bring your face mask. If you take a walk with your housemates or family, remember to bring your masks with you in case you cross paths with your neighbors. Being outside is safe and can actually help cure some of the cabin fever that you may be feeling. Just remember to stand 6 feet apart and to avoid large gatherings of people.
How to Exercise Without a Gym
If you get most of your exercise done at a gym, then social distancing may not be an option for you on account of every gym being closed down. Working out from home can be pretty difficult if you don’t have access to the same weights and equipment that you have at the gym, but you can still get some pretty good workouts!
Doing free-weight exercises like push-ups, chin-ups, dips, and squats are still incredibly beneficial. If you must, you can even get creative and use heavy objects around your home, like bottles of laundry detergent, as weights to offer some resistance.
Create a Space in Your Home That Is Conducive to a Healthy Body and Mind
Finally, keeping your distance while staying mentally and physically in shape may require that you make some room in your home for health and wellness. Working out can be somewhat ritualistic and having a space to go specifically for exercising your body and mind can make all the difference. This space can be where you do your exercising, practice your yoga, or simply where go to decompress and meditate. If you have a patio that you can decorate with plants, lights, gemstones, a salt lamp, and other items that help you get into your zone, we suggest that you do so. You’d be surprised how much of a difference having your own space for this can make.