Within the last few months, the world has sunk into a dark place on account of a serious illness that does not discriminate against age, gender or socioeconomic background. Millions of people around the globe have fallen ill with the Coronavirus and others are left in a state of anxiety, not knowing what to do next.
On top of all this, individuals that were once pursuing a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise are finding that their local gyms and fitness centers have been forced to close so that the spread of Coronavirus may be reduced.
Although we cannot predict the future, we can form specific frameworks that can positively influence our fitness and give us peace of mind during the pandemic.
If you’re ready to crush your quarantine workout, here’s what you need to know.
Calisthenics and Household Weights are Critical
The difference between your average gym session and a post-pandemic workout is, without a doubt, the equipment that we have at our disposal.
Unless you’re one of the few people that have built a home gym over the years — and if you are, congratulations — you will soon notice that getting a proper workout is tricky. When we scan around our home or apartment, what do we see that can be used to challenge our muscles to grow and become stronger?
For most of us, we have large items such as a couch, a few armchairs, a work desk, computer chairs and bulky items that can be used for heavy lifting. Utilizing these resources, we can begin crafting a workout that will work the same muscle groups that we target in the gym. Located below are a few exercises that can be completed in the comfort of your bedroom, living room or workspace.
Remember to approach each of these ideas with your body’s limitations in mind. Although it may sound exciting to dive in and tackle these movements, take into consideration your health, age and strength level.
- Couch squats
- Weighted backpack pushups
- Tricep chair dips
- Milk jug bicep curls
- Water bottle shoulder press
- Modified planks
- Flutter kicks
If lifting all of these weights has become too easy for you, it may be time to implement additional cardiovascular training into your regimen. Even if the world is suffering from a COVID-19 pandemic, we must find a means of training our heart, lungs and internal systems so that we can remain healthy and vibrant in the future.
WebMD recently stated that the Coronavirus can commonly be detected within a patient that has sudden chest pain, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing deeply. Although there is no cure for Coronavirus, we can drastically improve the strength of these organs and increase our odds of fighting the virus, should we contract it.
One of the ways we can accomplish this is by going for a light jog or brisk walk around our neighborhood. Even with social distancing on the rise, we can still maintain our safety from others and get a great workout under our belt.
The key factor to remain cognizant of is our region’s specific laws and regulations. For most readers, they will find that remaining 6 feet away from others is more than adequate to protect themself from the Coronavirus. Knowing this, we can map out a route through our neighborhood or local park that will challenge our endurance and force our cardiovascular system to expand.
As a rule of thumb, make sure to immediately wash your hands with warm water, soap and sanitizer after you have completed your workout! Keep your hands away from your eyes, mouth and other moist areas of the body. These regions can become infected with the virus more easily than, say, the surface of our arm or leg.
For the rest of us, getting out into our neighborhood or local track is not possible — no problem! If you’re in this situation, you must realize that you can get a great cardio workout within a small, confined space with ease. Although this is not a comprehensive list of exercises that readers can use to challenge themselves, here are some movements they should consider:
- Brisk walking in your home
- Jumping jacks
- Jogging in place
- Wall sits
- Jump squats
- Ab crunches
- Swimming (if you have a pool)
Take Advantage of Online Workout Sessions
With the majority of gyms and exercise locations closed down to protect their users from potentially contracting COVID-19, many are turning to online classes to engage with guided exercise sessions. If you are unsure as to how you can remain healthy while being stuck in your home, perhaps having an online trainer guide you through the movements is a wise investment.
These professionals are trained and willing to help you achieve the body of your dreams, despite global circumstances. Seeking their advice will also remove any confusion you may have as to how to take care of your body while stuck at home. Whatever your unique circumstances may be, they have a solution!
The key component to pay attention to is the online platform these services require to attend a class. Many personal trainers and name-brand gyms use popular platforms such as Zoom, Facebook and YouTube to help their clients during this time of stress and panic.
Not only do these classes provide a fresh approach to pandemic workouts, but it also gives users a sense of community and much-needed interaction with other fitness enthusiasts. You can tackle and conquer your goals with the help and admiration of online users from around the globe. Join the thousands of people that congregate online to kick their workout into gear!
Demand More From Daily Tasks
What if there were a way of performing the same daily tasks that we always have, but in a new and fitness-focused way? Certain activities such as walking the dog, cleaning up the yard, reorganizing the garage and moving boxes out of the closet are great ways to get into shape.
Take inventory of the projects and tasks around your home and what do you see? Many of us have a looming sense of dread when it comes to the projects and tasks that we’ve ignored for years. Perhaps we just moved into a new home and boxes are still piled up in the spare bedroom.
Maybe we haven’t taken our furry friends out for a walk in a few months. Or maybe the storage areas of the home have become a disaster. In a pandemic world, these are all areas in which we can utilize to improve our health and become stronger.
Take each task and break it down into small, manageable daily chunks that can be performed with ease. You may be surprised how tiring and exhausting moving heavy boxes and household objects around can be! In this case, we’re killing two birds with one stone: we’re accomplishing projects that we’ve ignored while also burning calories and building lean muscle tissue!
Revitalize Your Diet and Supplementation
With the growing uncertainty coming in the following weeks and months, it has never been a better time for readers to get their diet and supplementation in check. For most individuals, their local fast-food chains and restaurants were forced to close to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
Knowing this, we can use the pandemic as a diving board to drastically change how we eat and what we consume regularly. If unhealthy options are no longer available, eating healthy becomes easy.
We recommend aligning your food choices and meals to incorporate leafy-green vegetables, fresh fruits, a lean protein source and a dash of complex carbohydrates. Each of these food groups works with your system to build lean muscle, burn fat, maintain brain function, elevate energy levels and regulate hormone production.
Located below is a brief list of food items that we encourage readers to consider the next time they order food or purchase a meal:
- Smoked salmon
- Any berry choice
- Chicken breast
- Ground turkey
And for those of you that want to take your nutrition to the next level, we’ve got you covered! IsaaXcess is an Isagenix independent distributor based in Canada that has a plethora of products and services that help thousands of people around the globe. From the stay-at-home mom that wants to transform her body to the CEO that needs to function at their highest potential, IsaaXcess is here to help.
The beauty of the IsaaXcess approach is that we target every niche within the fitness field and address customer needs. Do you want to lose weight that you’ve accumulated over the years? Do you lack the energy and tenacity to tackle life’s challenges and obstacles?
If so, our wide range of products can target your specific issue and help you function at your optimum capacity. A brief list of IsaaXcess products that can drastically change your body and mind are as follows:
- IsaLean protein powder for delicious shakes.
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- IsaComfort to detoxify and cleanse the internal mechanisms of your system.
- Complete essentials for an easy-to-take daily vitamin
IsaaXcess also has a vast array of delicious bars, powders, drinks and all-natural ingredients that make eating healthy an easy choice. Isagenix realized that many people skip their healthy meals on account of the bitter taste and lack of satiation once the meal was consumed. Without sounding like a terrible cliche, they solved the problem!
Stay Busy, Stay Motivated
In times of crisis or global panic, the best way to maintain a somewhat normal lifestyle is by trudging through uncertainty with discipline and willpower. Even the strongest men and women are finding themselves feeling lost and without purpose, while COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the planet — don’t follow suit. Instead, tackle each hour of every day with the same vigor and tenacity that you had before the outbreak occurred.
As you read this article, we want to encourage you to perform a homework assignment: Instead of viewing the pandemic as something that you have no control over, use the following weeks and months as the catalyst for your new lifestyle.
- Have you always had the vision of having the perfect beach body?
- Do you want boundless energy to play with your kids, socialize with friends and dominate your professional career?
- Are you ready to make acquaintances with people that will challenge you and push yourself out of your comfort zone?
If so, we highly recommend visiting the IsaaXcess blog. We want to become your one-stop-shop for all things related to health, weight loss, muscle building and motivating other individuals to actualize their potential. We want to give readers the opportunity to expand their horizons and come out on top of the COVID-19 pandemic as a champion. Imagine a scenario where you get put into a global pandemic and come out with a revitalized mind, body and spirit once it’s over!
And if you find yourself wanting more out of your Isagenix experience, perhaps it’s time to become someone that helps people achieve their dream body. If you’ve always envisioned yourself as someone that can carry people across the finish line with a smile on your face, why not get a reward for your efforts?
Isagenix helps their clients attain their dreams — physically and financially — so why not you? IsaaXcess and Isagenix are here to help you through the pandemic and beyond.