04 May The top 5 ways to stay active during Coronavirus
As I wrote in my previous blog, in the time of Coronavirus and self-isolation, staying active is more important than ever! But with gyms and outdoor bootcamps closed, ensuring kids are doing their school work online, job loss and frustrations rising, it is certainly challenging to keep up an exercise routine. So to help you train in the time of Coronavirus, read my top 5 ways to stay active, healthy and happy.
1. Go for a hike
The good news is exercise is one of the main reasons you can leave your home so make sure you take advantage of this. Most national parks are open and are often very quiet so plenty of space for social distancing. Not only are you helping your health and getting much needed Vitamin D but you will feel wonderful to be outside with nature.
2. Get on your bike
With Coronavirus still a major issue, now is the time to dust off your bike and hit the road. The great thing about bike riding is that regardless of your age, fitness levels or ability, anyone can cycle – all you need is a bike, helmet, and you’re good to go.
Get out on your bike, get your heartbeat going and breathe deeply: it clears your passages and lungs of bacteria, wards off chronic illness and boosts white blood cells. Plus with less traffic on the roads, it isn’t so scary getting onto the roads or use one of the many bike lanes or bike routes around the city.
If you still have to go to work, consider riding a bike to work as this helps you avoid public transport, lowering your risk of coming in contact with someone who may be unwell.
3. Hire a personal trainer
OK I am being a little bias here but if you have ever thought about using a PT, now is the perfect time. Though group outdoor sessions are for now not allowed, one-on-one training outside is all good to go.
A professional and qualified personal trainer ensures you move safely and correct and modify any moves you are not doing right. Also a PT will have a range of equipment, weights and other toys so you get a huge variety of workouts so you won’t ever be bored.
4. Online workout
Though never as good as face to face, following a workout online is a great way to stay active in the comfort of your own home. The beauty of online workouts is you can access them anytime, anywhere. Many are free and often the workouts don’t need any equipment at all. Whether you are looking for a Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, cardio or dance, there is surely to be something for your level of fitness.
5. Walk everywhere
Walking is often an underrated form of exercise, but it’s one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your day, lose weight and boost your mood. So think about when you next have to leave the house or do grocery shopping, try and leave the car and walk there and back. Set a goal of doing 10,000 steps a day or make sure you get out a couple of times a day and walk around the neighbourhood or local park. Not only will you save money, but it is the perfect way to zone-out, de-stress and rid yourself of all the negative thoughts of Coronavirus on your mind.