• Lisa Ericson

How to stay mentally and physically fit during quarantine (and stay within a budget)

Guest post by Alex Guo & Selim Dangoor

While gyms and recreation centers are closed during this time of self-quarantine, people are trying different ways to stay fit in a social distancing fashion. However, not everybody has the resources to keep in shape physically and mentally. With gyms shuttering their doors across the country, those of us who lift weights—or anyone who relies on gym equipment for that matter—must adjust their workout regimens. Within a budget, there are still many ways people can stay healthy at home, and we’re going to break it down.

If you’re looking for something simple just to stay fit, many small workouts can be done every morning for half an hour to an hour. One-minute planks, 25-50 sit-ups, and 10-20-minute yoga sessions are all essential to build the core. Practicing this every day would be very helpful to make sure your abs are still in shape throughout quarantine, as well as build core stability to help your posture. On top of that, 25-50 squats, 25-50 lunges, and 25-50 stair climbs are all great workouts for your legs. If you’re looking to improve arm strength, 25-50 pushups, 25-50 thigh taps, and 25-50 shoulder taps are all tremendous everyday investments to improve your arms strength. Lastly, if accessible, taking a walk or a jog around your neighborhood while adhering to social distancing rules is a great way to maintain healthy cardio. All these small workouts, and more structured routines, can be found on YouTube for free with instructions. Although these may seem simple and, at times, tedious, the hardest part is making sure that you hold yourself accountable for doing them every day.

If you’re looking into weightlifting but don’t have any weightlifting equipment, there are many versatile resistance bands, grips, and bars that can be found on Amazon, ranging from $40 to almost $300. Keep in mind that purchasing equipment usually recommends a separate purchase of an online program to teach you how to use the equipment properly.

However, depending on your budget, you can ultimately bring the gym to you and simulate hundreds of workouts right in your house. Here are some trusted workout bundles that can be used:

1. Knowlife Bands

2. BodyBoss 2.0

At this time, there are also incredible online workout programs that people can purchase on a monthly routine. These subscriptions are excellent if you’re looking for a trainer or a program that you can follow for specific training. Some of the top-rated programs are below:

Booya Fitness - https://www.booyafitness.com

For only $8.50 a month and a free, one-month trial, you can get personalized training and music that you love straight from the radio. They have online classes that range from Barre, Pilates, and Cardio Kickboxing.

NeoU Fitness - https://www.neoufitness.com

For only $14.99 a month, you can have access to over 60 fitness concepts and classes that will fit into your schedule. On top of that, it has excellent accessibility to most streaming screens, including Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.

FitFusion - https://www.fitfusion.com

For only $9.99 a month with a week free trial, you can have access to personal trainers, workouts in targeted areas, and lifestyle/documentaries streamed on any device at any time.

Just as important as physical health is your mental health

It is equally as important to stay mentally fit throughout quarantine, and here are some ways that it can be achieved. Reaching out to friends and family through FaceTime or Zoom can keep you occupied as well as provide stable human to human connection, something many of us lack right now. Journaling is also an essential tool that is perfect for even just jotting down notes. Sometimes it can be very beneficial for people to write down their feelings to relieve that stress. If accessible, “Netflix viewing parties” is a viral trend that people are participating in to achieve a “movie theater” feeling with friends while maintaining social distancing. This could be great to replicate a social gathering type feeling. Picking up new hobbies such as drawing, reading, cooking, coding, software editing, and podcasting are also great for the mind. These will keep you occupied while allowing you to pick up a new skill as well.

Meditation has been an excellent way for people to stay in good mental health. Some popular and reliable meditation applications that can be found on your phone include Calm and Simple Habit. Both of these apps can provide less stress, anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

Calm - https://www.calm.com

At the cost of $70 a year (around $6 a month) and a 7-day free trial, you can have access to a list of meditation and relaxation programs based on what you want to improve, whether it’s sleep, happiness, or reducing stress.

Simple Habit - https://www.simplehabit.com

For only $12 a month, you can have access to over 50 meditation practices recommended by professionals around the world that help improve wellness and mental health.

While we are still unsure about when we can resume any social activities with others, it is good practice to stay in a healthy routine in quarantine. Practicing consistent physical and mental habits by engaging in some of the things listed above are great ways to pass the time and stay healthy.


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