Staying in Shape During a Pandemic
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I think we can all admit that this pandemic has thrown us for a loop. With gyms closed, most of our workout routines were disrupted, and some even became nonexistent. I will admit that I wasn’t a big gym person before all of this, so I wasn’t as affected as others when gyms were forced to close their doors. However, I was a teacher, so I was constantly on my feet moving around and reached my “move goal” on my Apple Watch with ease every day. When I started working virtually, all of that movement went away, and it was a struggle for me.
So I made a new best friend: online workouts. I may just be super late to the party, but online workouts truly are life-changing. You have literally millions of different workout videos at your fingertips for free! There are videos for every kind of workout that exists in this world, and you don’t have to pay a cent to watch them. There are so many times that I have wanted to try a type of exercise class, but I didn’t want to do it for the first time in front of people. Online workouts solve that problem because now I can do them in my living room.
I have started doing a yoga workout first thing in the morning to loosen up my muscles and wake up my body before I start the day. My favorite person to watch is Yoga with Adriene. She is so informative about what she is doing and why she is doing it, which I love. She also has just about any type of yoga workout that you could think of, and I rarely do the same one twice. Sometimes, if I’ve had a particularly rough day, I will do another round of yoga before I go to bed, just to get rid of all that extra stress I might be carrying around.
I have also recently discovered that I love 'no-repeat' workouts; this means that you do a move one time and then move on.
After I get all stretched out in the morning, I like to do a workout to get my heart rate up. I usually go for a full-body HIIT (high-intensity interval training) or something more targeted to a particular area of my body, depending on how I am feeling. I have also recently discovered that I love “no-repeat” workouts; this means that you do a move one time and then move on. Most workouts have circuits where you end up doing a few exercises over and over again, and I have never been a fan of this. My current favorite for these types of exercises is MadFit. She has so many to choose from, and most of her workouts are “no-repeat.” She also does a lot of “apartment-friendly” workouts, so if you have someone living underneath you, you won’t disturb them with a lot of jumping.
This routine has become a staple for me, and honestly, I haven’t been in this good of shape or felt this good in a long time. I know it is a bummer for a lot of people to be unable to go to the gym, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on exercising. So, turn on those TVs or computers, ladies. We’ve got some workouts to do!