Coronavirus has forced gyms and fitness centres to close but it needn’t mean the end of your strength and conditioning workout or Pilates or yoga session. There are online exercise classes to participate and for others, the opportunity to create their own home gym.
There are more than a few of us who have memories of buying an exercise bike with the aim of getting fit. Then when the initial enthusiasm has gone, it gathers dust or is used to hang your clothes on. The same applies to that old workout DVD that encouraged us to 'go for the burn', “shape your body” or 'blast off the fat'. If you still have a copy why not go ‘old school’ and do the exercises in your lounge though you may not want to revisit the leotard and legwarmers look!
Nowadays, the DVD has been replaced by YouTube where personal trainers deliver online workouts to suit all tastes. For parents with children at home due to coronavirus and looking for something that is fun to do while staying fit and healthy there is the online ‘PE Lesson’ from Joe Wicks. This is ideal for physical and mental health and all in the comfort of your living room.
There are specialist online retailers selling home fitness equipment that includes weights whose sales have increased dramatically in rcent weeks. Barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells are popular choices as are benches, rowing machines and treadmills – if finances allow it. Cheaper alternatives are a couple of tins or plastic bottles filled with water to use as weights or an old paint can for a kettlebell.
Bodyweight exercises don’t require any equipment and can be done in your garden, garage or house.
The latest advice from the Government permits outside exercise only once a day so go for a run and maintain strength and flexibility with your home gym and/or online classes.
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