Beating Pandemic Fatigue With the Right Exercise Regimen

Beating Pandemic Fatigue With the Right Exercise Regimen

Months following the first lockdown protocols, thousands of home-dwellers are finding it a challenge to get back into the swing of things—that includes regular exercise. Once a force of habit, a 3-mile jog seems to now be a daunting task—but don’t fret. Even a quick walk around the block or a ten-minute squat session will suffice. If you’re ready to jump back into your regular fitness routine, consider the following helpful tips.

Will Exercising Prevent You From Contracting COVID-19?

While it isn’t a foolproof prevention method, physical activity can improve aspects of your mental, physical, and emotional health, thus giving your immune system a much-needed boost. By reducing stress and anxiety, regular exercise can induce better sleep and prevent burnout.

Nowadays, trying times are getting the best of us, and without easy access to our regular fitness training sessions, we turn to new methods of keeping our energy up. Instead of turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms, getting back into the habit of working out can raise your spirits.

To get the exercise you need, try out the following:

Get Outside if it’s Safe

If possible, take a walk, jog, or ride your bike around the neighborhood, making sure to keep your distance. After spending too much time cooped up indoors, getting a whiff of fresh air and a bit of sunshine can rejuvenate the body.

Engage in Regulated Social Activities

If you’re quarantined with family or friends, get them in on your daily routine. If you consider yourself a homebody, engage in a bout of online Zumba or HIIT with your roommates.

If you consider yourself a gamer, put on the occasional run of Dance Dance Revolution or digital sports. You’ll never know the magic of peer motivation until you give it a shot!

Keep Track of Your Workouts

Nothing says “progression” like an exercise diary. Use a fitness tracker, mobile app, or journal to stay accountable and motivated. Noting your progress doesn’t only indicate where you should be going—it provides you with a sense of accomplishment.

Incorporate Movement into Your Routine

Being housebound can limit your ability to move around enough to count a trip to the bathroom as “exercise.” However, you can inject a touch of physical activity into household chores.

Pick up the pace when scrubbing, sweeping, or vacuuming to engage your arm muscles. Indulge yourself in a few jumping jacks or squats in between commercial breaks to your favorite show. Practice your latest yoga pose while waiting for the delectable ding of the dinner oven.

How Much Physical Activity Do You Need During Lockdown?

As far as quarantine setups go, some exercise is better than none. While there is no magic number, most fitness trainers will recommend at least 150 minutes of movement a week. If you’re not a math whiz, that’s 30 minutes a day for five days out of your week. Depending on your preferences, you can break up your sessions to accommodate more or fewer days.

Conclusion

Even during the best of times, staying motivated isn’t an easy feat. To remind you of an upcoming session, upload it to your schedule the way you would a business meeting. Then, reward yourself! There’s no shame in celebrating little victories with a long bubble bath, movie marathon, or fruit smoothie.

At the Fit Factor in Wellesley, our one-on-one fitness trainers are ready to serve—and safely. For something to stick to, we create tailored programs that act as blueprints for your success.

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