Sweating out your boredom during COVID-19: How to stay fit and active during a pandemic

With the loss of gyms, exercise studios and personal training sessions, it is important that we still do what we can to keep not only our bodies, but our minds active too. (Image Source: The Jewish Journal – Naomi Ackerman)

By Alexandra Bull | @ally_bull19

With all that is happening in the world at the moment, I am sure for many of us that working out is one of the last things on our minds, and with the closure of gyms and personal training services, it has become a lot harder to stay fit than we would like.

However, with technology on our side, it may not be as hard as we think.

With so many health-focused applications and videos available online, staying fit and healthy is easier than ever.

Paid Apps

Gym-member apps

Many gyms, such as Anytime Fitness, offer a free app for their members, featuring hundreds of workouts that can be done in the comfort of your own home, with little to no equipment necessary.

Keep It Cleaner

If you are not a gym member, or your gym does not offer a workout app, there are many other fitness and workout apps available to try out.

One option is Keep It Cleaner, a workout app created by social media influencers Stephanie Miller and Laura Henshaw. The majority of the app’s workouts are equipment free, last only twenty minutes, and range from beginner to advanced levels, so there is something for everyone!

The Keep It Cleaner app also has delicious recipes, yoga and stretching workouts that you can do in your bedroom, and, if you are feeling up to it, monthly challenges to push yourself a little bit more.

This app costs $19.49 per month, but you are entitled to a free seven-day trial to see if it works for you.

SWEAT

Another paid option is SWEAT, founded by Adelaide-based personal trainers Kayla Itsines and Tobi Pearce. SWEAT has a variety of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts that you can do from home, designed to build your fitness levels. Other workout options include yoga, strength-building and body-building, along with a newly-added post-pregnancy program.

SWEAT also includes meal plans, along with different daily challenges for you to complete after your workouts.

This app costs $19.99 per month, and you are also entitled to a one-month free trial.

Free Apps

There is also a multitude of free workout applications available, which all have a variety of workouts for all fitness levels, with the aim just to keep people active.

All of the following options are available on both Apple and Android devices.

Couch to 5km

Created by entrepreneur Josh Clark, this app is aimed towards getting each user running 5km non-stop by the end of their training plan. I would personally recommend this to people who are beginners wanting to improve their fitness.

Nike+ Run Club

This app is aimed more to those who are wanting to work towards a certain running goal, so this app is definitely one for people who are wanting to use this time to start running (by themselves, of course!).

Nike Training

This option has over a hundred workouts for users to choose from, many of them equipment-free. The workouts range from five minutes, for those looking for something short and sweet, up to 40+ minutes for those looking for something a little longer to sweat out their self-isolation-induced boredom.

Home-workout Tips

Anytime Fitness Glenelg personal trainer Kellie Bower offered her tips and tricks on how to stay active and fit without being able to go the gym.

“A positive mindset is imperative to our health, and for facing the challenges ahead,” Kellie said, “Many of us have fitness goals, but we may consider relaxing the timeframe we had set to achieve them by.”

“Most of us don’t have access to a fully equipped gym at home but there are many creative ways to still keep fit if you are wanting to use weights.”

Bags of dog food, a backpack full of books, and laundry detergent are some of the creative substitutes for weights that Kellie suggested if wanting to do weighted work outs at home.

“For those more experienced and have some equipment at home, consider adding extra sets or repetitions, isometric holds, time under tension or keep your weights lighter and focus on technique,” Kellie added, for those people who are wanting to keep a semi-normal training regime.

(You can check Kellie Bower out on Instagram here for more fitness content)

However, if high-intensity workouts are not your thing, there are many other options available out there.

Social media fitness entrepreneur Cassey Ho, better known by her username ‘Blogilates’, not only has YouTube workout videos tailored towards people who are looking to build and maintain fitness, but also a multitude of yoga and simple stretching videos for people that like to take things a little slower.

Here are some of Cassey Ho’s home-workouts to try:

Fun Yoga Routine for Flexibility

Lean & Sculpted Body (for those looking for something more intense)

10 Perfect Morning Stretches to Increase Energy

Staying active is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves during this time, even if it is just going for a short walk or taking your dog for a quick run.

The most important thing of all is keeping our mind and outlook healthy, and doing a little bit of exercise each day will help with that.

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