If quarantine has you a bit freaked out about losing all your fitness gains, you’re not the only one. Everyone’s regular gym visits are canceled. Sports are canceled. Group classes are canceled. Some are lucky enough to have gym equipment at home, but most don’t, and at this point, every last dumbbell is pretty much sold out. People are terrified that they are going to lose all their fitness gains, gain weight, and never be back to where they were.
The “Quarantine 15” is getting called that for a reason. But you don’t have to gain that weight. Or any at all.
It won’t be as easy as before to stay fit without the usual resources, and you may not be able to train the specific ways you did before, but it is definitely possible to stay fit with a little creativity. From online classes for cardio to sex for heart health, your options abound.
The first thing to do is to reach out to your local gyms and find out if they are offering any online programming. Zoom classes are all the rage and offer a great way to get a workout and interact with people you wouldn’t otherwise get to see.
You can also seek out your fitness idols and see if they are offering online classes. Now that everyone’s online, people have unprecedented access to instructors.
If you have no equipment at home, it’s not a big deal. Lots of teachers expect that and have designed programming built entirely on bodyweight and in-place cardio. Yoga is another popular option that can be done at home, and there’s good reason more and more men are getting in on those downward dogs. If live classes are not your jam, just type in “home fitness” into YouTube and see what comes up.
It won’t hurt to find a fitness partner either, even if they are quarantined somewhere else. You can still check in with your bro every day and hold each other accountable, since it is all too easy to accidentally go a long time without working out when you no longer have a regular schedule. Having a friend to connect with will definitely make things easier.
Improvise and Get Frisky
But what other options exist? You can improvise fitness routines by using chairs, bags of rice, or countertops as gym equipment. Does your property need landscaping, repairs, upgrades, or maintenance? You’d be surprised how much of a workout you get from cleaning the gutters, weeding the garden, and painting the bedroom.
And now that you’re in the bedroom, let me point out that one thing you can do is have sex for heart health. A good session in the bedroom is going to burn enough calories to cancel out all the quarantine snacks you’ve been eating (you may want to tone that down, by the way).
So there you have it--you may not have access to the gym right now, but you definitely don’t have to give up on your fitness. It just takes a little extra willpower and creative thinking. Once you figure out what all your options are, it will get easier to get with a schedule and stick with it.
You might even find yourself becoming more fit, or fit in different ways, which can be really good if you haven’t tried anything new for a while. So, go ahead--break a sweat. You might end quarantine feeling more fit than when it started.