While going to the gym daily is a great way to maintain strength and muscle tone, all you really need to stay healthy and fit is movement, which can happen anywhere, anytime. This article intends to highlight how easy it is to maintain physical fitness if you can’t get to the gym.
The key to wellness is to never stay stagnant for a long period of time without having some sort of physical activity. Several studies have shown that moderate forms of exercise play a crucial role in reducing the risk of premature death. As long as you meet the daily fitness requirement of about 30 minutes of movement per day, in addition to a few high intensity workouts here and there, you’ll set yourself up for a healthier future.
Below are some creative easy-to-do activities that will help you stay active and in tip-top shape.
Add Cardio To Your Daily Commute:
Some people have to work from home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but other essential workers still have to commute to work. Whether you’re running errands or commuting, this is the perfect time to get some much-needed cardio in and get your heart rate pumping. Try biking to and from work 2-3 times a week or everyday if the weather permits. If the local grocery store is near to your residence, take a walk and carry the groceries home for a more intense, fat burning grocery run. This allows for a more calorie burning activity that requires leg and arm strength.
Let The Dogs Out:
There are very few domestic animals that force you to get moving the same way dogs do. Dogs are naturally active and require the same from their owners. Use daily dog walks as a way for you to get out in the world and be active. Take a stroll around the block and back or to the local dog park. Try to get a good sweat going playing catch with your pup and you’ll be surprised how fast you get those endorphins pumping.
Hike The Trails, Get Out In Nature:
A great way to get more in tune with nature while managing your weight is to trade the gym for the trails. Some parks in different states have closed, but others have not yet done so. Most metropolitan areas have hiking trails nearby for recreational purposes, but make sure to maintain social distancing when you’re on the trails. Find the one nearest to you and set recurring dates and times to go there. This will not only benefit you physically but it’s also great for mental wellness. Spending time in nature has been proven to help reduce anxiety and stress while reinforcing more of those feel-good hormones.
Get In The Pool For A Swim:
Swimming is another great full body workout that helps reduce anxiety and stress. Unfortunately, current times have made it so people with pools are the only ones who can swim. That being said, others can visit the beach and take an open ocean swim. 30 minutes in the water will be one of the best full body and cardio workouts you’ve ever experienced. You’ll need your arms and back for most of the strokes, but swimming also works the core and your legs, especially if there’s a current involved. It’s definitely one of the most amusing ways to stay active, particularly during the spring and hot summer seasons.
Have More Family Time:
You’ll undoubtedly have more family time during the COVID-19 pandemic, which means that you should keep the family fit and active. There’s no need for a gym when you have kids. Just an hour or two playing ball in the back yard, playing hide and go seek, or a friendly game of tag will surely keep your body in shape. Best of all, you’ll love the time you spend with your loved ones so much that you won’t even think of it as another method of exercise.