Have they locked the doors to your fitness club?
Breaking from our daily routines can be challenging. There is comfort in the routine and sometimes, it is the routine itself that propels you to take action.
I woke up the other morning to find out my local gym was closed. There was a moment of panic because my routine had been disrupted. How will I keep on track now that the habit has changed?
I took a deep breath and decided to try another gym. Well, of course, they were all closed. Then I decided to go to the park and go for a run. It started raining. Finally, I came home went on YouTube, found a workout, and got it done.
If you are feeling jostled by the closing of your gym – here are a few options that can keep you on track:
RUN OR WALK
Go for a run or walk in your neighborhood if you are short on time. But if you have an extra ten minutes or so, try discovering a new trail or park. I picked a trail by my house this morning and, while due to the rain it was a little wet, I found it a refreshing to change to be outdoors. I grabbed my phone and earbuds and listened to “Rising Strong” by Brene’ Brown on Audible. The perfect hack – exercise plus self-improvement in 30 minutes and 2-1/4 miles. If you are like me and need constant stimulus, an audiobook or podcast is the perfect way to make any walk or run go by faster. If not, listen to birds, music or find a walking buddy and some good conversation.
YouTube has a wide selection of free workouts. You may have to watch an ad, but I just let it play while I get my mat, towel, and water ready. I have been using Fitness Blender. Hosted by a husband and wife team, they have a many types of workouts at varying lengths. I like that they have modifications for each move and that they are easy to follow.
Yoga is one of the easiest practices to do at home since it requires so little equipment – a mat, and possibly a block and strap. Yoga with Adriene, on YouTube, is my favorite, but the selection runs far and wide. There are also some great yoga apps such as Yoga Studio, https://www.yogastudioapp.com/
If you don’t already have a home gym, now might be a good time to invest in a few fitness accessories. If you have limited space, I suggest a mat that can be used for both exercise and yoga, and a few hand weights. There are so many exercises using your own body weight, so if you really don’t have space, then just buy a mat. If you have some storage or a dedicated space, I would add a stability ball, resistance bands, and resistance tubing. I am going to give a shameless plug here to the company where I was employed for over a decade. Go to gaiam.com and you can find all of these things or if you are looking to get out of the house, you can find all these items in the sporting goods aisle at Target.
Here is the silver lining. Changing my routine has forced me to challenge new muscles. I wake to sore muscles telling me I needed to do this anyway.
If you don’t have a fitness routine, this may be a good time to start. It will help you manage your stress, strengthen your body and immune system while elevating your mood. If you didn’t work from home before, and are now, use your morning or evening commute time to start a new routine.
Good luck and let us know if you have any fitness tips that will help keep us all motivated.