With coronavirus lockdowns and safety measures still in full force, gym reopenings seem like a risky proposition. Workouts have been cut down for millions of Americans as we all try to come up with workarounds that don’t involve dumbbell or machine lifting. If the coronavirus has you second-guessing a return to the gym then you aren’t alone. However, there are some things you can work into your daily exercise routine in order to make the most of your workout, even without all the equipment you are used to.
Swimming is a fantastic whole-body exercise that anyone serious about health and fitness should take advantage of. Whether in the ocean or a pool, swimming in laps or the use of targeted aquatic exercises is excellent for your core, legs, and lungs. Those lacking the proper equipment in their own homes might find it surprisingly affordable through the use of Bradenton pool builders to add a swimming pool to your property. A water feature is a great way to increase your home’s value while adding a fun diversion for your family that can double as an outdoor exercise studio for you.
Running is another great exercise that can be done without the help of a treadmill. But runners will find that a road course can offer a number of exciting opportunities to work in speed sections and other high-intensity intervals. Additionally, you can work in a lightweight, breathable mask for running in order to maintain your Covid-19 protection against others in close proximity while also keeping your oxygen supply unhindered by a typical face covering.
Starting with simple intervals can mix up your workout in a unique and challenging way. Picking every other light post to sprint through or keeping your knees higher than usual during a park loop can challenge your core strength and deliver enhanced results to your typical loop.
You don’t necessarily have to do outdoor activities in order to benefit from a great workout. Doing dips on a set of kitchen chairs can build serious arm strength over just a few sessions. Similarly, doorway pull-up bars are incredibly affordable and are an effective piece of equipment for you to easily use as you go about your day. Instead of dedicating yourself to an hour-long session each afternoon, simply putting a bar in the bathroom doorway and doing five pull-ups each time you walk through will keep you from tiring out and add up to a sizeable exercise load at the end of each day working from home.
To further increase the output, you could add a ten-pound bag of rice for push and pull exercises or add additional “rules” to your daily workout such as replacing the walk to the kitchen with lunges each time you refill your coffee.
Exercising while in lockdown has been hard to come by, but even without a gym reopening in full force in your area, you can still take advantage of the natural world around you in order to keep your fitness levels up. Running or swimming are great ways to enhance whole-body health including your heart and lungs — an important consideration in relation to the dangers associated with Covid-19. The best part is, both methods only require a pair of running shoes or swimsuit. By running and swimming you can get a workout in either before work or at the end of the day while also allowing you to social distance. Consider some at-home workout options in order to stay motivated and safe at the same time.