The situation we find ourselves in needs no introduction. News of the pandemic is plastered on every news channel as well as all over the internet. And while information is aplenty, such that the vast majority of people know that it’s important to maintain hygiene standards, observe social distancing protocols, and to stay indoors as much as possible, there is little emphasis given to the fact that we also need to stay fit and to strengthen our bodies so that we increase our chances of resisting the effects of the virus.
That’s where this article becomes useful, especially when you consider the fact that a person who lives a sedentary lifestyle is at higher risk for chronic disease. So, with this in mind, what are some things you need to keep in mind if you want to stay fit during the pandemic?
Don’t Skip Out On Cardio
Get out if you can, breathe the fresh air, soak up the morning rays of the sun. A quick walk or jog can help you maintain your cardiovascular health and it’ll also help keep the pounds off. Alternately, if you’re unable to head out, or you simply don’t want to, you can also hire a cross trainer or an exercise bike so you’re able to perform cardio without exposing yourself to the elements or other people.
Track Your Workouts
Tracking your workouts not only helps you determine your progress, but it also helps keep you motivated to maintain your workout routine. In an environment where our daily routines have been abruptly disrupted, a semblance of consistency is exactly what you need because this gives you a sense of accomplishment as well as an emotional boost to help you endure.
Because mass gatherings are prohibited and most gyms are closed, it might be difficult to find personal trainers or exercise classes to help you maintain your fitness level. Luckily, there are many gyms and trainers that offer virtual sessions and classes through the internet. These come in a wide variety of exercise lengths, intensities, and types, which means that you’re bound to find a class that’s precisely for you.
Plan Around Your Energy Levels
A more flexible schedule means that you are now able to plan your workouts so that you’re able to schedule them during the time of the day when you have the most energy. Even a short exercise break might help you get through a difficult workday.
Don’t Forget About Your Diet
While it’s completely understandable that you’re going to want some comfort food to help you endure the pandemic better, this shouldn’t be a reason for you to discard your diet, especially if you’re unable to burn as many calories as you used to before the community quarantines were implemented. Hit those macros, watch what you eat, and maintain a routine for meals.
It’s important to stay active in spite of the invisible threat that the pandemic poses to us. We have to consider the possibility that we might have to endure this pandemic for a much longer time than we initially thought. This means that we shouldn’t throw away the progress we’ve made, but rather, try our best to maintain the gains we currently have. Remember that it’s much easier to get back into shape if you don’t start from square one.