5 Ways To Stay in Shape While in Self Quarantine

By Ethan Carey, Sports Editor

During these unusual times where most of us are stuck at home and unable to go to the gym or get some sort of workout in, there is always something that you can do to stay in shape. Don’t expect to gain 20 pounds of straight muscle after being stuck inside for two weeks, but you shouldn’t have a problem with being able to do some sort of physical activity once a day. Here are five things to keep in mind and try to work on during your at-home workouts.

1. Cardio

Your cardiovascular system is what keeps you alive and going every day, so it is one of the most important things to keep in mind when you workout. Although it is one of the most important things to do, it also can be the biggest pain. The best thing to do to keep your cardiovascular system in check is to go on a run but if you’re like me and hate running more than anything, maybe hop on an old bike or borrow one for someone and just bike around for an hour. You get just about the same benefits, and fresh air will make all the difference. There are almost endless opportunities to help your cardio, so whether it’s getting outside for a basketball game with your friends (staying 6 feet apart! Oh wait.), running, or biking for a few miles, cardio is something you should plan for in your off-time

2. Upper Body

We use our upper bodies almost all the time in our everyday life, so along with keeping cardio in check, your upper body is also important to keep in shape. The first thing that comes to mind for me for an easy upper body workout would be pushups. Not only do they help your biceps and chest, but they will also strengthen your shoulders, which can help prevent injury during a heavy lift or even an everyday activity.

3. Lower Body

You use your lower body constantly during the day, so just like anything else, it is essential to keep your lower body feeling good, and just like the upper body, there are several different ways that you can keep it in tip-top shape. Another easy and efficient workout that comes to mind this time for the lower body is squats. When it comes to squatting, there are many different variations that you can do, such as just bodyweight, squat jumps, or if you have a barbell at home, you can use that and throw some weight on there. The lower body is just as important as your upper body, and if not, it is even more important, so make sure to incorporate some squats in your home workout.

4. Core

The core or abdominal section of your body is the middle piece for all of your body parts, so it is always a good thing to make sure that you have some sort of core exercise included in your workout. The easiest thing to do for this would be sit-ups, but there are countless different core exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own room. If you incorporate some sort of core exercise with your upper and lower body workout, you’ll feel better and ready to hit the gym again as soon as you can.

5. Yoga/Stretching

Quite possibly the most important thing to do both before and after any type of workout, whether it be very intense or laid back, is to stretch from head to toe. Keeping your body healthy is the main goal of working out, so don’t let everything go to waste by forgetting to stretch before and after your workouts. Stretching before working out benefits you by waking up your body and getting it ready for whatever you need to do and stretching afterward will help drain the lactic acid from your body, preventing the soreness you feel the day after. Starting and finishing a workout with cardio is always a good option to consider, but I guarantee you if you spend a day dedicated to a yoga video you can find on YouTube, it can make a difference for both your physical and mental health.