MAR 25, 2020 10:52 AM PDT

Staying Fit While Avoiding COVID-19

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce

For those used to working out at a gym, the current circumstances requiring us all to remain isolated as much as possible might be throwing off their routine. Luckily there are plenty of options available across modalities that allow for fitness fanatics to get in a great workout. Whether you’re looking for a serious strength exercise or a slow yoga flow, resources are available and free to all.

Above is an example of a Vinyasa style yoga class, appropriate for most beginners from Lululemon Athletica. 

Although a sudden change of schedule can feel jarring, it is actually good for your muscles if you occasionally vary your routine. This can help stimulate additional adaptations in the muscle and build fitness in different ways than your regular workout would. For example, if your usual workout trains your ability to complete heavy, maximal effort lifts for very short periods, you may further challenge your muscles by lowering your exercise intensity while increasing duration.

 

It’s also worth noting that adhering to social distancing standards doesn’t necessarily mean staying indoors. Going for a walk, jog, run, or hike are great ways to get in a free workout that doesn't require any equipment beyond a supportive pair of shoes. Those with an available bike, skateboard, scooter, or pair of rollerblades have additional options. Many cities even provide bicycle rentals from an easy to use kiosk for those who don’t have a bike, but would like to rent one for the time being. 

Above is an example of a Les Mills Grit class commonly taught in gyms and fitness studios by certified instructors. 

While home, people can search the web to find endless opportunities. Some of the best pre-recorded workouts include yoga and bodyweight routines. There are also Zumba and step methods that require a little to no gear.

No matter which modality you choose, as long as you’re raising your heart rate enough and sustaining that level for at least 10 minutes, you can be sure you’re maintaining or improving your fitness levels.

It is always advised that people consult a doctor before starting an exercise program. That said, most adults can start a heart-healthy routine that was created by a fitness professional with beginners in mind without issue. 

 

Sources: Les MillsLululemon AthleticaAmerican College of Sports Medicine

About the Author
  • Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
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