The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt typical life in many ways heading into winter and one of the main areas that people are struggling is staying in shape during lockdown and this could be particularly difficult as the weather starts to turn. Gyms have been both open and closed during the pandemic, but even when open, there will be many who are hesitant and will not return until there is a vaccine in place.

So, what can you do to stay in shape during lockdown and during the winter months?

Hiking/Jogging/Cycling

It is cardiovascular activities that many people are struggling with but hiking, jogging and cycling are all excellent options for this and activities that you can do while protecting public health. Obviously, this becomes harder in the winter but prioritizing getting out when the weather permits should help you to stay active.

Yoga

Yoga has been one of the most common ways that people have exercised during the pandemic and this is for good reason. Yoga can be a complete body workout, raise your heart rate and it is good for your mental health, plus you can even take online classes to bring a social element to this activity which is so important in times like this.

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Calisthenics/Home Workouts

There is also plenty that you can do in the home to stay in shape which means that you are not depending on the weather to exercise. Calisthenics can be used to improve your fitness and strength or you could invest in some basic equipment and perform home workouts – dumbbells, kettlebells and resistance bands are all good options to start with and there are lots of home workouts that you can find online.

Healthy Lifestyle

Exercise is a critical part of staying in shape, but it is not the only area that you need to focus on. You also need to make sure that you are leading a healthy lifestyle and looking after your mental health during this challenging period – a few important ways to do this include:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Moderating alcohol and junk food intake
  • Drinking enough water
  • Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night
  • Finding ways to de-stress

If you are worried about your weight and looking for a fast solution, it may be worth looking into a gastric bypass especially when you consider that obesity is linked to severe cases of COVID-19.

Hopefully, this post will help you to stay in shape during lockdown and throughout the winter months. It has been challenging, but there are always ways that you can stay fit and active which is so important in times like these.

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