The coronavirus pandemic has forced many to stay indoors but it’s also a great chance for you to start your own home workout so as to stay in shape. As the lockdown days continue to be extended week after week, we should get more serious about keeping our bodies in shape and healthy.
This pandemic has given all of us a choice. We can either sit at home and do nothing, whine and complain, veg out and just let all this time pass, or we can do something meaningful. This is the time when the outside-world distractions are at their lowest.
So, spend the lockdown with your family, reconnect with friends online, tackle the more challenging aspects of your hobbies, or you can even get in the best shape of your life.
This quick article has some quick tips for people who want to stay healthy and in shape during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Keep at it
You want to stay consistent. There is no point in having the perfect routine, or the ultimate meal plan if you can’t stick to either of them, let alone both. Try to develop your own individual systems that help you stick to your routine.
For example, you should try to always have healthy food in the fridge, since the pandemic will make things a bit harder when it comes to grocery shopping. Also, since you’re probably stuck with family members or roommates, set a strict no-disturb time that you can use for your workouts.
The workout itself should be as difficult as you can handle. Ease into it, start with maybe 70%, or even 50% of the recommended number of sets and reps, and then build from there.
Make the most of what you have
You most likely do not have access to a gym during this lockdown. If you do, congratulations, you can skip this section and stick to your regular gym routine. However, if you do not, you need to get a bit creative.
Finding a home workout routine that works means getting a routine that is flexible, and that can (to a greater or lesser extent) hit every body part equally. This can be difficult, or even impossible, without at least some equipment.
So, if ordering a weight set and installing a pull-up bar isn’t an option, use water bottles or filled paint cans as weights. Make your pushups harder by spreading your arms, elevating your legs, or simply doing them very slowly. You can also use two chairs or a desk as a makeshift dip station.
Clean up your diet
You know the drill. There is no magic, special diet that will suddenly turn you into the Rock. Try to eliminate junk food completely, and minimize your sugar and alcohol intake. Drink lots of water, at least eight glasses a day, and have a varied diet of fruits and vegetables.
If this sounds simple, it’s because it is. Try to get the right amount of protein, get some complex carbs, and have your fats come from healthy sources, like olive oil and nuts.
And there you have it guys, a quick guide on getting the most out of your fitness routine during the lockdown. Get enough protein, and stay consistent. Get eight hours of sleep every night, try to push yourself with every workout, get rid of the junk food, and you are going to see results in no time.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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