Getting Active During a Quarantine
Social distancing and self-quarantine are essential for stopping the spread of COVID-19. While many gyms and fitness facilities have temporarily closed their doors, there are still many ways to continue staying active at home and outdoors.
Unless you are sick or have been directed by your state or local government to remain indoors, stepping outside for some fresh air is a great way to get active. Be sure to practice social distancing when outdoors. Remain 6 feet away from others and avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 people.
- Take a walk in your neighborhood or local park.
- Lace-up your sneakers for a run. If you are new to running, download a running app to help you get started.
- Go for a bike ride with your family.
- Take care of the yard work or gardening.
There are many apps, websites and YouTube videos that offer free and paid home workout programs. You don’t need to have any fancy equipment to work out in the comfort of your home. Stick to bodyweight workouts, like push-ups, squats, and lunges, or use common household items like canned goods, laundry detergent, books or other heavy objects in place of dumbbells and free weights.
Resources for getting started with home workouts
- American Council on Exercise Fitness Library: Exercise library with hundreds of exercises to choose from
- Fitness Blender: Free cardio, strength and flexibility workout videos
- American College of Sports Medicine 7-Minute Workout: 7-minute HIIT workout that doesn’t require any equipment
This is not an extensive list. There are thousands of other resources on the internet and in the app store that can help you get started. Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to review a specific app or website for you.