In many parts of the United States, gyms are either still closed or are only letting a certain number of people in. Even if your local gym is still open, chances are that the only times you could get in would interfere with your schedule because many facilities now have waiting lists in order to ensure that patrons don’t get too closed to one another.
While some states are reducing social distancing requirements, the fear of a second wave of COVID-19 infections are actually causing some governors to crack down all over again. You can avoid all these complications by simply taking advantage of a few techniques designed to keep you fit at home.
Easy Aerobic & Fat Burning Exercises
So-called easy aerobics have started to take the nation by storm. Keep in mind that the word easy indicates you don’t need to have your own gym to do them. In many cases, the workouts that people are trying are actually more challenging than what they would have done when they were able to head to their local gyms.
Perhaps the number one reason people want to exercise in the first place is to reduce belly fat, so these programs are quite attractive. You’ll also want to look into so-called abdominal vacuum exercises if you’re looking to improve that part of your physique.
Take a deep breath and then exhale sharply, allowing your lungs to completely empty as you suck the front of your abdomen into the back of your body. Over time, you’ll be able to hold the posture for an increasingly long period of time. Many individuals have found that they can start to re-sculpt their abdominal muscles using a simple exercise like this over just a few weeks.
Some people are also going through their dusty collection of DVDs and finding that they have a number of workout programs they haven’t tried in years. If you’ve long since migrated exclusively to streaming services, then you might want to check out a vastly changed online landscape instead.
Watching Social Workout Videos
Naturally, you can’t get fit merely by watching videos, but the landscape of online workout resources has drastically changed for the better recently. It used to be that you either had to be a paid member of a professional online service to get access to good workout and training videos. If you just searched YouTube, then you’d probably find a number of people who put a good effort in but just didn’t explain things well enough to work out along with them.
Paid programming tended to be pretty expensive. Tricare normally didn’t cover online gym memberships even before the current situation. While the Defense Military Health System sometimes provided gym memberships for veterans and Medicare did so for lifelong civilians, they had no intent on providing access to things that were functionally intangible.
Due to the current situation, many people have invested additional time into posting professional-quality workout videos that feature actual personal trainers who really know what they’re doing. If you’ve ever been disgusted with a video on one of the popular social sharing sites because it featured a potentially dangerous lifting technique, then you’re in for a surprise.
Other people have started to use online image search sites to find high-resolution scans of the lifting charts you could see in a gym when they were all still open. While these might not be the most useful things around if you don’t have your own pec deck, you can often find excellent images of body-weight squat diagrams and other excellent exercises. These are perfect for those who have absolutely no equipment at home and are looking for any way they can find to keep up with their workouts.
In fact, some people are incorporating these into their daily routines in order to get the most benefit from them.
Simple Daily Fitness Hacks
There’s a good chance that you bend down quite often. By squatting down instead, you’re actually performing a serious exercise each time you do. Taking a few calories out of your diet by enjoying a substitute can be just as effective as actually burning those calories later.
You could even take an opportunity to do housework, chores and even household projects that you’ve been putting off. Any of these are an excellent chance to burn extra calories and further reduce your risk of heart disease or other medical problems.
All it takes is a little imagination. You might never even need a traditional gym membership again.