By Marie Mansour
These are tough times – the movement of McGill classes to online platforms, the closure of inessential services across Canada, and the halting of international travel. The world has basically come to a stop these past few weeks. If you didn’t know this already, you should be STAYING HOME. That being said, staying inside can be both mentally as well as physically taxing.
Physical exercise is fundamental to staying healthy as humans, and being in quarantine makes it a difficult task. I am here to present to you 4 different ways to stay fit during your quarantine to make sure you are staying as physically healthy as you can! If you are someone that used to regularly incorporate fitness into your daily life, not having access to any gyms or equipment can be a tough break in your routine. Finding ways to work around the limitations set by the current situation can help you re-establish your routine and help you keep working towards your goals! If you are someone who doesn’t usually partake in regular physical activity, this at-home time is also a wonderful reason to create fitness goals for yourself and establish new routines for physical exercise! That being said, make sure to take care of your mental health – do what feels good, helps you feel great about yourself, and keeps you feeling healthy!
Daily Walks/ Runs
Depending on where you are around the world, the weather can be very unpredictable for walking or running outside. I’m surprised to say that the weather in Montreal has been quite pleasant, making it perfect for a daily walk or jog. Going out for 30 minutes to an hour is a wonderful way to not only get your joints moving and your blood flowing but also have an excuse to leave your house in a completely safe way.
Following Workouts on Youtube
There are many workout channels on Youtube that provide workouts for full body, arms, legs, abs, booty, basically anything you can imagine, all from the comfort of your own home. With gyms being closed, it’s challenging to get access to gym equipment. All you need for these at home workouts is a soft surface and energy! Make use of any household equipment that you have, such as using a chair for tricep dips or a desk for reverse pushups.
Hear me out on this one; picture this – you’re in your room, unmotivated to go outside, and walk or follow a workout on Youtube. This idea is ideal for families or homes with younger kids – blast some music and just DANCE! Dancing burns lots of calories and gets your heart rate up, plus it’s fun! For some added entertainment, there are many dancing tutorials on Youtube and online Zumba classes that you could follow to make things a little more interesting.
Yoga is perfect for the mind – it is meditative, relaxing, and soothing. Taking care of your mental health during this time is just as important as taking care of your physical health! For yoga veterans, you guys already know what to do. For those who want to take it up, it’s a great way to take care of both your mind and your body. I usually follow Youtube videos or put on a meditative playlist on Spotify! ♦