Top Ideas to Stay Fit While Social Distancing
As many Americans are currently adjusting to new daily routines that include social distancing and working from home, it’s important to also adjust self-care routines to prioritize sleep, diet, and exercise. Not only will this help curb the stress that inevitably comes with change, but it will also help keep you on track with your fitness goals while maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing.
That said, major disruptions to the “daily norm” can be challenging, especially for those who are used to being away from home during the day and working out at a gym or offsite class. But the transition does not have to be stressful! Our tips for staying fit while staying home will not only help keep you on track with fitness, they will help you become more flexible with your workout options from here on.
(As always, please use caution when starting a new fitness routine. When possible, consult with your physician or a medical professional, especially if you are recovering from an injury.)
Dust Off Your At-Home Equipment
If you are one of the many people that’s been using your stationary bike as a coat rack because you prefer going to the gym, it’s time to put that machine to its intended use! One of the easiest ways to transition to working out at home is by repeating your typical gym routine using the equipment that you have. Be sure to take inventory of any differences between the equipment and adjust accordingly. And, if distraction has you concerned, just pop in your headphones and choose one of these recommended workout playlists from Spotify.
If you don’t have home fitness equipment or if you prefer a different type of workout, then on-demand is a great solution. There are so many options available today across streaming services and websites ranging from yoga and Pilates to barre classes that don’t require an actual barre, to interval training and cardio. Many of these routines require no equipment and offer options from 10 minutes to an hour or longer. Need help getting started? This list from Forbes covers some of the best streaming workouts available on Netflix.
If you are an avid runner, the good news is that you can continue to run outdoors as long as you practice responsible social distancing. If you are not a runner, you should not jump into running as this puts you at risk for muscle strain and injury. Instead, you can start with walking that also incorporates social distancing and build your way up to a faster pace over time. Have a dog at home? This is a great way to get some daily movement in for both you and your furry friend!
While it’s important to maintain your fitness routine while at home, it’s also very important to keep your exercise level moderate versus intense to reduce the risk of muscle strain or injury. This is especially true for those who are switching to a completely new routine, which will require time for your body to adjust. Listen to your body and accept its limits. Remember, the most important thing is that you get some sort of daily movement.
If you do experience muscle aches after working out, topical creams are a great and fast solution to help speed up recovery. Our Renew and Recharge topical cream is crafted with broad spectrum hemp extract, arnica, and menthol oil to help your muscles recover faster after exercise. We also use lavender and eucalyptus oil so it smells great, too.
With so many great workout-at-home options, you can easily stay on track while keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Remember, self-care is never selfish, especially not during times of change and uncertainty. By prioritizing your health and wellness, you will be in a better position to care for your loved ones now and in the long-term.
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