Physical Fitness in the Time of COVID-19: Staying Physically Active at Home

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The COVID-19 crisis has posed a threat to public health and people’s lives. Not only has it put the physical body at risk, but it has also affected mental health and overall well-being.

For one, the restrictions have led to home isolation at the onset of the pandemic. Even as several of these restrictions have gotten lifted now, people still spend most of their time indoors. They get hooked on their phones, browsing the web, checking social media, and playing online games. As a result, they have a sedentary lifestyle during this pandemic.

Unfortunately, a sedentary lifestyle can be detrimental to your health. It can compromise your physical body, resulting in health conditions like obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases. The lack of physical exercise can also lead to mental health issues like psychological distress, depression, and anxiety. Hence, promoting physical fitness amid the COVID-19 crisis is imperative.

But while the pandemic is here to stay, how do you stay physically active at home? For the gentlemen, here are some physical activities you can engage in the new normal:

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1. Set up a house gym and perform home exercises

One major complaint of most gentlemen was the temporary shutdown of fitness centers. As such, their closure has led to a compromise in men’s physical fitness.

But did you know that the pandemic has led to the rise of house gyms? It looks like there’s no sign of stopping for these fitness enthusiasts—not even a global health crisis. Many individuals have set up a gym in the comfort of their homes. They have even gone as far as investing in workout tools and equipment.

As such, many gentlemen have stayed physically active during this pandemic. They haven’t given up on their fitness goals and have kept up with their fitness routines. Even as the fitness studios have reopened, some still prefer to work out at home.

2. Try calisthenics or bodyweight workout

If you lack physical and financial resources to set up a home gym, there’s another alternative. That is to try calisthenics or bodyweight workouts during this pandemic. That way, you can stay as physically active as possible.

Calisthenics sounds old school for some people. The oldies use this term to refer to physical exercise. This exercise became popular in grade schools in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And now, it is making a significant comeback in the world of fitness.

Calisthenics is a workout type that uses bodyweight with zero to minimal equipment. It involves a handful of movements performed rhythmically using large muscle groups. The ultimate goal is to improve body coordination, flexibility, and strength.

If you’re looking to stay physically active, venture into calisthenics. Some exercises include squats, push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups. Others are planks, crunches, lunges, and jumping jacks. You can even go as far as performing a bar workout.

3. Perform household chores regularly

Staying physically active doesn’t have to be limited to an actual gym exercise or home workout. There are a handful of ways in which you can get moving. These physical activities will make you toil and sweat out during this pandemic.

As a gentleman, join your spouse and kids in doing household chores regularly. Some daily cleaning tasks include making the bed, sweeping the floor, vacuuming the house, and doing the dishes. If you want one that requires more physical effort, disinfect your entire home using EPA-approved products.

Aside from staying physically active, cleaning and disinfecting your house have valuable benefits during this pandemic. Understand that while cleaning entails removing germs on surfaces, disinfecting kills these microorganisms. Hence, you can keep your residential space COVID-19 free during this pandemic.

4. Carry out home improvement projects

Aside from house cleaning and disinfecting, consider pursuing some house projects. In fact, complete home renovation, partial house remodeling, and other home improvement projects have surged during this pandemic. These DIY house projects can make you physically active during this pandemic. Hence, consider the following:

Partial house remodeling

You can tackle house projects like kitchen renovation, bathroom remodeling, and basement finishing. First, install a new countertop, backsplash, or island in your kitchen. Also, turn your bathroom into a spa or Zen space. Lastly, transform your basement into a guest room, mini bar, or movie house.

Tradesman work

As a gentleman, you can perform tradesman work. These include the inspection, maintenance, and even repair of your heating, ventilation, & air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, and roofing systems.

Outdoor landscaping

You can go beyond your house and touch your outdoor space. Start by pursuing an exterior upgrade. This update includes siding installation, exterior repainting, or even wall power-washing. You can also carry out hardscape installation in your garden. One example is to invest in wood-burning stoves and set up an outdoor kitchen.

Home gardening

The last is to enjoy actual outdoor gardening, which has become increasingly popular during this pandemic. But aside from growing shrubs, blooms, and trees, consider planting herbs, spices, vegetables, and fruit-bearing trees for your food supply.

At this point, you now know how to stay physically active during this pandemic. Consider the physical activities recommended above, from setting up a house gym to carrying out home improvement projects. The abovementioned are just a few recommendations for gentlemen pursuing physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. In the end, the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t have to stop you from having a physically active lifestyle.

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