Being stuck at home all day long can cause quite a stir and produce feelings of boredom and anxiety, and even lead to stress, all of which can negatively affect your mental well-being. Now add to that the fact that many people will forgo their fitness regimes simply because they don’t have access to a gym or an outdoor running track, and we can safely say that quarantine can jeopardize our physical health as well.
Needless to say, you can’t allow this to happen if you want to stay healthy both physically and mentally, or if you simply want to achieve and maintain your summer body. While staying fit during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a challenge, here are some effective tips that will allow you to maintain your fitness lifestyle without even having to leave the house.
Start with mental fitness and wellness
First things first, you can’t hope to maintain a healthy and fitness-oriented lifestyle if you’re not feeling well mentally and emotionally. After all, a healthy mind is a foundation to a healthy life, so if you want to preserve that drive and zeal to keep working out when the going gets tough, you first have to work on your mental fitness.
Now, physical fitness will definitely help you become mentally stronger, but you can start with some light yoga and meditation sessions that will focus more on your emotional and psychological well-being than your physique. Once you get back into the groove, you can start introducing some serious training sessions into your routine to combine mental and physical fitness.
Tidy up your nutrition
Before we delve into the various training routines you could follow while being stuck at home, let’s lay the next foundational pillar, which is proper and healthy nutrition. During lockdown, we tend to get lazy with our eating habits and we tend to overindulge in the things we know we shouldn’t be eating. That’s okay, give yourself a little break, but don’t let this become a habit.
Instead, be sure to tidy up your nutrition, as now is the time to stick with healthy eating rather than succumbing to junk food and Netflix. Use your time in lockdown to cook wholesome meals, stock up on healthy supplements like hemp protein, and be sure to prep the majority of your meals in advance so that you always have a healthy snack to eat during the day, and especially after your workout.
Combine various training styles
You might think that the gym is the only place where you can get a decent workout in, but in reality, there are many fun ways you can get an intense at home workout that will hit all of the same muscle groups and make you feel like you’ve just finished a real training session at the gym. How? Easy, simply combine numerous training styles with the resources you have at home.
You can start by selecting the exercises that are effective at targeting multiple muscle groups like squats, planks, push-ups and chin-ups, and then weave these movements into your training session. Try changing the tempo of your workout, shorten the rest times between sets, do AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) workouts, switch up the order of the exercises, and add burn-out reps at the end to really hit the entire body and exhaust your muscles.
Work out with your partner
If you don’t live alone, then there is no reason not to get your significant other involved in the process. Couples that work out together are not only more likely to stay together and feel more connected in times of stress, but you’re also more likely to stay consistent and push your workouts to the max through mutual encouragement and passion for fitness. Plus, when one of you is feeling lazy, the other one will be there to get you off the couch.
Stay motivated and consistent
Last but not least, you have to ensure consistency in order to stay healthy and fit over the long term. After all, you can’t be sure how long the pandemic will last, and it might be a long time before you’re able to hit the gym again, so staying motivated to work out at home is paramount. Be sure to find your source of motivation by learning more about fitness and nutrition, listen to motivational workout playlists, watch your favorite YouTube fitness stars, and always remind yourself why you’re doing this in the first place.
The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly making it difficult for people to maintain their fitness lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some effective ways to stay healthy in quarantine. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to preserve that summer bod and elevate your health safely and quickly.