With this new time of social distancing and dealing with Covid-19 many people are left to find new ways of staying active. Gyms are closed, outdoor boot camps aren’t being held, and personal training sessions have been canceled. People who once regularly incorporated fitness into their routine are trying to be creative in continuing these healthy habits. But there is hope! Even if you have never been very active this is a great time to start!
Many companies are offering free online programs right now.
Les Mills is offering free online courses. They have a wide variety of offerings with options with or without equipment.
Beach Body is also offering some free online options via Vimeo. Click on the link and scroll down to see the actual kids workouts. Some of the options are demos or promo video but there are several full workouts more geared towards kids or the whole family.
Some gyms are offering free Zoom classes. You can tune in live using a “meeting” code or some are recording their classes for later viewing. Check out your gym and see if they are offering this service. High speed internet is required and there may be some audio and video glitching. Search the app. store on your device to download it. The instructor or the coordinator of the class should give you a meeting code or provide a link to click on. This is also being widely used for at home/conference meetings and/or school to home learning.
Self Magazine also has a good list of “11 Free Fitness Apps That Will Help You Work Out When Your Living Room Is Your Gym“. Just a heads up several of these normally require a monthly subscription but are free for a limited time so be aware of this.
I especially like these workouts also from Self Magazine because they require no equipment.
Also last but not least, go outside!! Our family has been enjoying the nice weather together the last few days. Our neighborhood did a “Teddy Bear Parade” in which people in our neighborhood put teddy bears in their windows for families to search for as they walk or ride bikes around the neighborhood. It was a nice addition to our regular walk as we all searched for the various teddy bears peaking out of windows. We also got to add bears to our windows for other families.
Go on a walk, make an obstacle course, go to the neighborhood track, write or draw with chalk, or a combination of several of these. We have been walking up to the local track (my son’s school) and been doing some running/walking, soccer, throwing the football, and some strength training (my husband found a large weight holding down the mat tarps at the school). Here are a few pictures of our family getting some fresh air while being active.
There are so many creative ways to stay active. Let me know in the comments how you or your family has gotten exercise during this unique time!