Guest Post by: Jason Lewis of StrongWell.org
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Staying fit during COVID-19 can feel almost impossible. In many places across the country, gyms are still closed. Others are open, but some people just aren’t willing to take the risk of heading back just yet. However, staying active is as important as ever — if not more. Not only does it keep us healthy and fit, but it’s also one of the best mental health tools at our disposal. Regular exercise significantly reduces the intensity of anxiety and depression.
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Clarify Your Goals
A plan is the first step on the path to success. Without a plan in place, you’re setting yourself up for failure — at worst — and settling back into poor habits that got you here in the first place. Sit down with pencil and paper in hand and clarify your goals.
- Take some time to think about what motivates you to exercise.
- Set specific, actionable goals for yourself.
- Find a way to track your progress so you can recognize success.
The last thing you want is to sustain injury when first jumping into a new workout regimen. Get your body ready to move.
- Warm up every time you exercise to prevent injury.
- If you exercise in the morning, try a yoga workout to wake your muscles up.
- Stretching before and after a workout is important for maintaining your flexibility.
Upping Your Heart Rate
Good cardio is one of the core foundations of a long, healthy life. Not only is it important for a healthy heart and increased “good” cholesterol, your endurance will increase, which makes future workouts much less taxing.
- Figure out your target heart rate and use a fitness tracker to keep tabs on it.
- Running, jogging, and biking are all great ways to enjoy cardio outdoors.
- Few other types of exercise induce sweating like cardio, so be sure you’re wearing soft, flexible and breathable workout clothes and undies.
You can gain muscle anywhere. Choose one or more areas to target and use a variety of weights and other equipment to optimize overall body strength.
- Building muscle allows you to burn more calories at rest.
- You can set up a home gym with your favorite equipment.
- Make sure your home gym stays tidy and decluttered so that you don’t experience jumps in your stress levels during your workouts.
- There are also bodyweight routines that provide a great no-equipment solution.
Eventually, we’ll all be able to get back to normal. Finding ways to stay fit in the meantime, however, will make the transition back to the gym much easier. Don’t let this time set you back! With focus and motivation, you can stay on track no matter where you are.