One of the hardest parts about being stuck indoors during the pandemic is finding a way to get exercise.
Unless you’re lucky enough to have your own complete home gym, you’re going to have to get creative with your workouts. You’ll have to think outside the box and find socially distancing-friendly solutions for your summer exercise.
But there’s good news: we’ve come up with six ways you can still fit in a kickass workout no matter where you are or what home gym equipment you’ve got!
The best way you can stay in shape this summer is by working out at home, doing a complete resistance training workout without ever leaving your property.
If you’re lucky enough to have weights, you can get in a pretty awesome workout in your home gym. Try a simple Push-Pull-Legs circuit to work out your entire body in one session, or divide the workout up into individual muscle groups per day. Whether you work out in your basement, garage, or back yard, you’ll find it’s a great way to keep in shape over the summer lockdown.
But what do you do if you don’t have weights? There are two solutions:
Use items from around your home. Chairs, cans, water jugs, boxes, and other items found around your home can be converted into makeshift weights that will be handy for your at-home workout.
Go with bodyweight training. Push-ups, pull-ups, bodyweight squats, and so many other exercises can be done without the use of weights. You’ll find that working with your bodyweight actually helps to make you more fit overall.
While your city may be on lockdown, most “shelter in place” orders include the freedom to go outdoors for exercise, provided you maintain proper social distancing.
Getting out into the fresh air and sunlight is a great way to not only get more exercise, but also to raise your Vitamin D intake. Running and jogging at local parks can help you to train harder, and you’ll find there are still many places around town that are still open for running.
Even if running trails, tracks, and parks are closed, you can still run on the streets around your house or even downtown. As long as you’re maintaining proper social distancing, you’ll have no problems enjoying the a run or jog in the great outdoors.
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If you’re the kind of person who enjoys working out on a stationary bike at home, why not give outdoor cycling a try? With the city streets so empty, you’ll find it’s an amazing time to be out and about your bike!
Cycling is amazing exercise, one that works your legs and cardiovascular system very effectively. You can cycle pretty much anywhere—literally bike out of your front door, take a random turn, and see how far you can go.
The beauty of cycling is that you can do it in the city, in local parks, or even outside of your area. Drive your bike outside of town and take an overnight trip to a nearby city. Or, if you want to keep it short and sweet, tackle local hills and forests. You’ll have no trouble keeping social distancing while cycling away from people!
Whatever type of workout you want to do, you’ll find there’s a video that can help you do it right!
Zonia is home to countless fitness and exercise videos, with hundreds of videos you can find on any type of exercise. Want to get in a good Yoga session? No problem! Thinking of practicing Pilattes? Give it a quick search and you’ll find lots of options. Want to try bodyweight training, calisthenics, or high-intensity interval training? There’s plenty of those!
Workout videos are a great option for those who aren’t sure how to do a workout effectively. Whether you opt for a 5-min quick energy boost class or 45-min deep dive fat burning workout, you’ve got more than enough materials at your fingertips that you’ll never have to do the same workout twice.
Not all sports are totally banned during lockdown. In fact, any sport that allows for good distance between the players will still be available.
Tennis is one such sport. You’ll find that some tennis courts are still open in your area, with access permitted for those who play singles. It’s a great option if you love sports and need to move around outdoors.
Golf is another sport still available in some cities and towns. Seeing as you’re outdoors and it’s easy to maintain social distancing, golf courses are still allowed to remain open to players. Spend a few weekends sharpening your golf game, and you’ll come out of lockdown a much better player!
Many national parks have closed their trails, but a surprising number are still open and available for hikes. Alternatively, if all of the trails have closed in your area, you’ll find there are still plenty of hikes you can enjoy in smaller, unmarked trails in local foothills, forests, and canyons.
The beauty of hiking is that there is literally no limit to how far you can go. You can spend an entire day in the great outdoors, hiking through local terrain and exploring the wonders of your area’s natural beauty. The more you do it, the more you’ll find that are marvels in nature that you’d never have seen without taking the risk and trying a new hiking adventure.
In the end, what’s important to remember is that you can find plenty of options to exercise from home or outdoors, no matter how locked down your city is. It’ll take some time to get used to this new summer exercise, but it might end up being a lot more enjoyable than you ever expected!
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