Staying Active while Staying at Home

I’ve never been someone who likes to exercise. To be very frank, with an 8am to 6pm job, I would say I only exercise twice a week at most, and I don’t quite enjoy it, unless I’m at a comfortable gym or hiking on a Saturday morning with a friend. And with the sudden implementation of self-quarantine and not being able to step out of the house to exercise, I was definitely worried for my physical well-being, as I knew I would definitely sit around and not exercise  at all.

I’m sure some of us would not like the idea of exercising at home, and would much prefer the accountability of training with other people, the adrenaline-pumping vibe of a fitness class packed with people you can silently compete with, and the focus that comes with putting your phone in a locker and just tuning into your body for the next hour.

But there’s nothing like a deadly pandemic to shift your perspective. It goes without saying that the Covid-19 pandemic can make it challenging to maintain a physically active lifestyle. If you’re working or studying from home, you won’t be getting the incidental exercise you normally do by commuting to the office, rushing for meetings, meeting clients or walking from classes to classes in uni. And if you’re the kind of person who likes to get active in a group, your usual pursuits like morning jogs, gym classes and team sports are no longer an option.

It is uncertain how long we will be staying inside during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, I decided that with the extra time I have at home, it is a wonderful opportunity to begin a fitness journey and be consistent, hoping that eventually it becomes a daily habit that I take 30 minutes of my day to commit to a workout session. But you may still be bargaining with yourself and making a list of a million reasons why it is impossible to workout in a circumstance like this. So let’s start weighing out the reasons why it is even more important to stay active and exercise during this period of time. 

You already know that exercise is good for you.

Well, first, exercising lifts your mood. Moving the body seems to help the brain, according to Harvard Health. Several studies have found that exercise can reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, and it changes the brain in ways similar to antidepressant medications. In old age, physical activity may delay the slide of cognitive decline into dementia, and even once that process has started, exercise can improve certain aspects of thinking. Secondly, exercise fends off weight gain, high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. Being physically active helps your heart get trained to beat slower and stronger, so it needs less oxygen to function well. Also, your arteries get springier, so they push your blood along better; and your levels of “good” HDL cholesterol go up. It’s also not much of a surprise that physical activity helps prevent diabetes. Muscles that are used to working stay more receptive to insulin, the hormone that ushers blood sugar into cells, so in fit individuals blood sugar levels aren’t as likely to creep up.

How can I exercise at home, and actually enjoy it?

If you’re new to exercise, or feeling a little lost because your normal way of staying fit isn’t possible right now, you may wonder “how can I exercise at home, and actually like it?” The good news is, you don’t need a lot of space to move — for instance, planks, burpees, jumping jacks and lunges. These exercises not only benefit the body by improving bone and muscle strength and increasing balance, flexibility and fitness, but they also improve our mood and sense of accomplishment, especially during times of stress.

First, you can first designate a “gym area” at home, and set a whole vibe before you exercise. Take 30 minutes from your schedule and make it your own time to enjoy this workout session.

Secondly, to make your workout a little more motivating and upbeat, you may stream workouts from some amazing gyms and trainers, check out free fitness apps or simply get them on YouTube. There are many types of exercise that they offer and here is a list that may interest you.

  • A Plank-Based Workout to Light Up Your Core
  • A Full-Body Cardio Challenge for Whole Body Fat Burn
  • A 20-Minute HIIT Workout That’s Kinder on Your Joints
  • A Core Workout That’s Great for Your Arms
  • A 10-Minute Pilates Workout for Your Butt and Core
  • A Good Stretching Routine or Yoga to Loosen Up
  • A 15-Minute Lower Body and Thigh HITT Workout

Regular physical activity benefits both the body and mind. However, if you are too tired and physically exhausted from juggling conference calls from your kitchen or homeschooling your kids, taking Gym.Plus will help to instantly improve your energy by two different types of sugar; dextrose for instant energy and isomaltulose as a slow releasing sugar. It also contains L- Carnitine and L-Arginine to boost up stamina and improve blood circulation. Moreover, Gym.Plus also contains Vitamins Bs which is important for making sure the body’s cells are functioning properly and to enhance energy production. Curcumin from turmeric extract will help to reduce muscle soreness if you’re prepared to perform high intensity interval training (HITT). Also, coconut water extracts in Gym.Plus will help balance the electrolytes in the body.

In conclusion, for all of us, young and old, regular physical activity is important for staying healthy! Compared to just sitting around most of the time, moderate-intensity physical activity is associated with better immune function. Regular physical activity can help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety, which many of us may be feeling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authors:

Brenda Yeong Huai En
BSc (Hons) Nutrition
Product Development Specialist
One Green Solution Sdn Bhd

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