5 ways to stay fit while stuck at home

Justin Chen, Sports Editor

Like many of your classmates, you might find yourself a little out of shape due to several months of a pandemic lockdown. You might have told yourself that you would start to exercise, but between schoolwork and binge watching shows, it just hasn’t happened. Here are a few simple tips to keep yourself healthy and fit during quarantine:

Schedule your workouts: If you’ve been having trouble sticking to your workout regimen, a good idea is to schedule your workouts. Pick a specific time and start with a few push-ups and sit-ups, then gradually increase the reps and set more time in your schedule aside. 

Challenge yourself: Boredom can seem abundant in this new environment we find ourselves in. When you find yourself bored of video games or watching television, give yourself a physical challenge instead. Even if you don’t have equipment at home, there are tons of exercises that can build your strength. Make sure to properly warm up and stretch before beginning your workout. Exercises such as squats, reverse lunges and walking lunges can strengthen your legs while push-ups, planks, situps and leg lifts are great exercises if you’re looking to build your arms and core.

Set your goals: Becoming fit can seem like an unattainable goal at times, especially if you don’t see immediate results. Well, a fit body isn’t made in a week; instead, it takes months, and sometimes years to achieve. Set small goals for yourself, and gradually increase your ambitions.  Fitness isn’t meant to be a fast process.

Run: Running is still a great exercise to do during quarantine. It’s one of the best exercises for weight loss as it burns many calories and promotes respiratory and cardiovascular health. Just a 30 minute jog a day can greatly increase your endurance and health but don’t forget to stay safe and stay six feet apart from people around you.

Enjoy what you’re doing!: It’s pointless to keep doing something you don’t enjoy. Don’t overwork yourself to the point where you don’t want to exercise the next day; it should be an enjoyable experience. Progress can be slow so have fun being active and appreciate your own achievement along the way.