Coping With Covid-19 While Staying Fit

“Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” – Denis Waitley

It has become quite obvious that going to gyms and fitness clubs, even if you still can, may not be the best idea right now. The ongoing global crisis of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has created barriers and limitations to many otherwise normal activities.

Alternatives for Staying Fit

For most people across the country, going to their gym is not an option now and for the foreseeable future. In states like California, “stay-at-home” orders make this a certainty. So, the question for those who have relied on both the equipment, facilities, and community of health clubs, fitness centers and gyms, the alternatives seem bleak.

And much of this is because we like to work out with others. Working out alone? Not so much.

According to a recent article at Forbes,

“Across the country fitness clubs and gyms have closed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. For many people this is much more than just missing a workout as fitness routines have been proven to reduce stress as well as being a social outlet.

Trying to exercise at home often isn’t the same.

‘Whether it’s getting into the gym, yoga studio, or just out for a run, we all do a little better with the help of a friend,’ suggested technology industry analyst Josh Crandall of Netpop Research. ‘They push us, they propel us and they help us stay on track with working out.’

Fortunately, the need to engage in social distancing doesn’t mean that people need to be completely cut off from one another.

‘Nowadays, these friendly encouragements are still coming,’ added Crandall. ‘They just now come through email, text and a telephone call. But, what is one to do? You can’t just go to the gym, it’s closed. Yoga studios, closed.’”

But there are positive alternatives thanks to social media and technology. 

Social media can be a great option for those who feel isolated and alone while trying to maintain their workout and exercise regimens.

The Forbes article goes on to note that,

“’Many fitness instructors have become influencers over the last few years,’ explained Crandall. ‘The amount of instructional videos available on YouTube and other online sources is fabulous. If your thing is skiing, there are specialized videos for conditioning. If you are into long cross-training, there are videos available to help you ‘hack’ your home for the tools you’ll need to maintain your edge. Most of the content is free, with ads, but if you tune into somebody who you really like, they may offer remote ‘live’ sessions for a small fee, or have a strict regimen of videos that can provide a structured routine for more than just one session.’”

In addition to accessing online content online, online technology also provides options for in-home video conferencing that can allow small groups of like-minded fitness participants, or friends who typically work out together, to hold group exercise sessions.

Getting Creative In the Face of Coronavirus

Not everyone who wants to stay fit and healthy makes use of fitness facilities or gyms. And not everyone participates in activities like CrossFit, for example. However, everyone needs to find ways to keep fit and active while being “safe at home.”

A blog post at MedstarHealth.org offers tips for staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exercise outdoors.

Consider hiking a new path or trying a water-based activity like kayaking. Younger athletes can also benefit from outdoor play by themselves or in small groups.

Exercise by yourself, with a friend, or in small groups of less than 10.

Choose activities that allow you to maintain an appropriate distance between each other, such as hiking or biking. Do your best to minimize direct contact.

Engage in non-contact activities that allow spacing of 6 feet between participants.

Social distancing guidelines recommend maintaining six feet of space between people, and there’s plenty of activities that allow for this, such as biking or tennis.

Rethink recess.

With children home from school, don’t forget recess. Physical activity is important and helps children not only with fitness, but with mental focus and concentration as well.

Exercise using your body weight.

Using your own body weight can be an effective way to maintain strength and aerobic health. Bodyweight workouts can incorporate a variety of movements that don’t require equipment.

We tend to love our equipment, but keep in mind that there are many exercises that are “no-equipment-required“ and can be performed in small spaces such as living rooms and bedrooms. These include squats, sit-ups, push-ups, burpees, planks and mountain climbers.

In fact, maintaining a sufficient amount of physical activity doesn’t require the level of workout you might get in a gym. Research has shown that even activities such as walking, yard work, and gardening can improve your general health and reduce your risk of premature death.

Staying Home, Staying Healthy and Staying Pain-Free

Are you in pain after working out? It may well be that you really are “overdoing it.” We invite you to call for an appointment and, during your initial consultation and assessment at Pain and Performance Solutions, we will learn all we can about your present pain and condition, along with any history of discomfort, as well as your current level of activity.

Treating and relieving your pain starts once we understand where and how your pain started. A full examination will help us determine which form of treatment is best suited to get you on your road to recovery. Your trust in us is key, as is your honesty. Ultimately, getting your body healthy and working properly is the only way to achieve total recovery.

Our goal is to work through the sequence of pain and dysfunction in order to get your body healthy and working properly and to achieve total recovery. Don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help and will answer any questions that you may have. You can reach us at (707) 636-4404 or by filling out our online contact form.