Written by Sheila Olson of FitSheila.com
As winter creeps in, many gyms are reducing capacity once again. And as the virus continues to surge, some of the most health-conscious of us will be sticking close to home. This means virtual workouts and finding innovative ways to stay active throughout the cold winter months. Here are tips on how to make the most of your socially-distanced workouts.
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Your gym facility has a diverse range of equipment from which to choose. Unfortunately, you may not be able to afford everything that you can access away from home. That does not mean you can’t have a respectable arsenal of workout equipment and fitness accessories, even if you don’t have an impressive budget.
Start by investing in activewear that allows for free and unrestricted movement. You’ll also want a pair of comfortable and supportive sneakers and a sports bra to keep your most sensitive areas safely in place. If you have an Apple Watch, your BANDIT will help you keep your fitness tracker close without chafing your wrist.
Since you likely won’t bring a fitness coach into your home, make sure to download apps that will help you in your at-home athletic journey. One great choice is the Pocket Personal Trainer, which features everything from nutrition and meal planning to cooking videos and proven workouts designed by certified coaches.
You’ll also want to download a meditation app, which is helpful for when you want to wind down after a vigorous workout. Meditating will also help you get in better tune with your body. This will allow you to better recognize what workouts are working and which ones are not.
It’s easy to get into a comfort zone and focus on a singular workout. But if you want to truly tackle your health, you have to diversify your portfolio of physical activities. Time suggests lifting weights, stretching, doing interval workouts, and finding a friend to enjoy cardio time with. You can physically distance from your workout buddy by taking a stroll through the neighborhood.
When you are looking for online workout videos, choose several different instructors until you find one that fits your style. If you would rather have one-on-one assistance, check out your potential virtual trainer’s credentials and ensure they are reachable when you need a helping hand. Ideally, your online trainer will minimize the number of clients they take at any given time.
- Create an open and inviting workout area so that you can move without hitting your knee on the coffee table.
- Upgrade your internet to a fiber-optic service. The last thing you want in the middle of a workout is to see the spinning screen of death as your instructor is frozen in the background.
- Make sleep a priority. Get at least eight hours each night. This will help your body better recover from the rigors of working out and will ensure you have enough energy to finish each session.
- Drink lots of water. Every cell in your body needs it, so hydrate routinely throughout the day.
We are all ready for this pandemic to end. But until then, it might be best to play it safe and stick close to home for your fitness routine. Make the most of your at-home and online workouts, and remember that consistency is key. Don’t give up on your fitness goals just because you can’t make it to the gym.
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