Let’s be honest – working out can be a real pain. The single hardest part of working out is the very first step: getting up the motivation. Getting motivated to workout can feel absolutely impossible at times. One of the biggest tips that workout experts and fitness gurus give people who have issues with motivation is to get a “workout buddy.” Sure, working out with someone else is a great way to get and stay motivated. Another person can push you and help you keep your word. It’s also just more fun to workout with a friend!
So yes, getting a workout buddy is a great fitness tip…in normal times. Unfortunately, these are not normal times. Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, working out with a buddy my not be so easy. In fact, it’s being completely discouraged in some cities. People are being encouraged to exercise alone, which means a lot of people may abandon exercise altogether. The last thing we want you to do is drop your fitness routine. It’s more important than ever to stay healthy and part of being healthy is being in good shape. This is why you need to continue working out, even if it’s a party of one. To help you get going, check out these five major tips for working out during social distancing:
1. Work Out at Home
The best way to do a safe, solo workout is to just work out at home. It’s optimal if you have home gym equipment, like a treadmill or stationary bike. If you have nothing of the sort, no worries. There are endless ways to get exercise in without equipment. Many fitness routines require no equipment whatsoever. There’s yoga, aerobics and, dancing, just to name a few. A simple online search will reveal a never-ending array of at-home workouts that will leave you with more options than you could imagine.
2. Opt for a Solo Outdoor Activity
If you absolutely must exercise outdoors, opt for a solo activity. Playing a sport isn’t a fitness option right now. Jogging, walking, and cycling are all suitable solo options for your outdoor workout. Whatever you choose, make sure you’re staying far away from other people.
3. Look For Open Spaces
If you have to get your exercise outdoors, the most ideal location is a wide open space. The larger the space, the more people will be able to spread out and keep their distance. The CDC recommends staying at least six feet away from others at all times, so if you feel that you cannot do that while working out in a certain space, you may need to find a new workout area.
4. Wear A Light Mask
For people who live in densely populated areas, open spaces may not be an option. If you absolutely must exercise outdoors and cannot find a spacious area, make sure to wear a mask. If you’re going to be relatively near to other people, you will need a mask to prevent possible spread of the virus while working out. Obviously covering your mouth and nose while exercising isn’t going to be comfortable. Make sure you wear a thin mask that is very breathable and also in a light color. Dark colors attract more heat. If you find that you are having serious trouble breathing while wearing a mask during exercise, you will have to amend your workout routine or find a new place to exercise.
5. Choose An Optimal Time
Oftentimes, certain spaces will be more crowded at particular times. If you have a space in mind ti work out, observe whether or not it has peak hours. Does it seem like others are using it mostly in the evening? If so, try to get your exercise in the morning when less people are using that space. The goal is to keep public places less populated, so if there are certain times that your workout space of choice is always crowded, just avoid that time of day.