How to maintain your fitness during curfew!
By Kayla Collett
Let’s admit it – during this curfew, a lot of us have struggled with our productivity in one aspect or another, and this is likely due to a lack of a fitness regime. Many studies and experts claim that fitness is directly linked to productivity, so why have we refused to focus on our physical health?
Being cooped up in the house for a couple of weeks now, I can safely assume that many people have barely exercised but have definitely thought long and hard about it before scrapping the idea because of sheer laziness or lack of motivation.
Perhaps it boils down to being in a gym for motivation or maybe even working out with a friend. However, during tough times such as these, we need to be responsible for our physical health and find other factors that motivate us. This is important because physical fitness is an extremely important contributor to productivity as well as overall happiness and health.
Therefore, without further ado, here are a few ways you can maintain your physical fitness during quarantine, as well as some tips on how you can motivate yourself to achieve good overall physical health through disciplined exercise.
- Watch YouTube exercise tutorials
There are tonnes and tonnes of YouTube content creators that make exercise videos for your viewing pleasure, so why not utilise this amazing resource? Blogilates, for one, has amazing mixed-range YouTube videos for anyone looking to get a good workout. Cassey Ho, a certified fitness instructor, makes fun workout videos, accumulating almost five million subscribers on her YouTube channel, Blogilates. From videos titled “10 Minute Waist Whittler” to “How to train your brain to CRAVE working out”, Cassey Ho conducts a wide variety of workout and beauty-related videos; even one on “Decoding the Instagram Beauty Standard”, which was super interesting to watch!
Cassey Ho is an incredibly motivating fitness YouTuber with over 700 videos related to her life, helping you to get in shape! Give her videos a shot, if you have not already, as she is definitely one to look out for and follow because of her incredibly diverse fitness videos and fun personality.
Another fitness YouTuber is MadFit, who has over two-and-a-half million subscribers and has amazing videos, but most memorably, creates videos that follow songs, such as Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” or Britney Spears’ “Toxic” with workout routines that match the beat of the song. How cool is that? On MadFit’s “About” page on YouTube, she states that her “goal is to help inspire everyone at all fitness levels to get up, get moving, and reach their goals!” How fitting is that to this article as well as this quarantine period? MadFit has amazing videos that you should definitely check out. Even going ahead with just a couple of three-minute workout videos following Dua Lipa’s “Break My Heart” or Justin Bieber’s “Intentions” can do amazing things to your overall physical health and happiness! So why not give it a go if you have not already?
- Go outside
If you have a backyard or garden, why not utilise it? There are tonnes of things you can do in a garden such as run and play with your dog (if you have one) or even play run and catch with your family! Not only is it a good way to bond with your family, but it is also a good way to maintain your physical health. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
- Invent a makeshift sport
I for one did this; I played tennis by laying out two chairs, sticking measuring tape between them, and having fun with a racquet and tennis ball! Alternatively, you could also just play by yourself by serving to a wall; even basketball or football if you have that equipment with you. Better yet, you can play badminton by doing the same thing I did with the two chairs and instead use a badminton racquet and shuttlecock.
- Do yoga
There are plenty of YouTube tutorials on how to do yoga for a variety of different levels. Alternatively, there are local online yoga classes still going on as well! Just search on Facebook for local events and you have the power of technology right there at your fingertips. Yoga is extremely important in maintaining your mental health and keeping you calm and focused for the day to come, and contrary to what some people may think, it certainly is an amazing exercise routine. Yoga is pretty tough actually, but all you need is a yoga mat, a computer to play your YouTube exercise tutorial, and the drive to stretch!
- Try to dance
There are actually plenty of online dance tutorials on YouTube, so why not give it a shot? Dancing is a really good and extremely fun way to get into your daily exercise and it’s actually a pretty unique way to exercise. There’s even a YouTube account called “Dance Tutorials” that is dedicated to helping you learn how to dance. You don’t even have to be a good dancer to get started, just grab a family member and have fun! Exercise doesn’t always have to be too serious, so try this out to see how it works for you. Who knows, you might even end up having a blast trying to figure out a dance routine with your family! If you have a PlayStation Move (a game console for PlayStation that allows you to move around a space with a handheld controller), or similarly the Nintendo Wii, then you’re definitely in luck. Start that console up and get moving!
Not all of us have the benefit of having a pool in our houses, but if you are lucky enough to have one, go for a swim! Swimming is super fun and can be really enjoyable; you could play pool games with your family too. So why not give it a go and enjoy the benefits of your pool?
- Have an exercise routine
Having an exercise routine is super important in ensuring you stick to something you’ve set to do. Write your routine down on a piece of paper with a variety of different targets – strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility – and get started! Writing up an exercise routine is key to making sure you stick to your list of exercises, and it will definitely help you figure out how to conduct an exercise routine that is well balanced in all aspects of fitness.
- Motivate yourself
Nothing will motivate you more than you, and setting your own disciplined rules. Try setting a to-do list for the day and include exercise as a must in that list. Setting to-do lists is extremely important in maintaining productivity. If you include an exercise routine in it, and the list is the first thing you see when you wake up, you will definitely be setting yourself up for an amazingly productive and motivated day. Additionally, you could also video call a friend and do the same exercises together for extra motivation. Remember, you got this!
I certainly hope these suggestions have helped you figure out how to exercise at home during this curfew, as we all need the necessary motivation and ideas on how to exercise and be productive, especially during tough times such as these. Try some of these suggestions and see how they work for you, and hopefully you’ll even end up having fun. Happy exercising!
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