Social Distancing and Exercise: Staying Fit During The Covid-19 Pandemic

If you are the type of person who likes to head to the gym or to a fitness class to get your daily dose of exercise, you may be finding it difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many gyms and classes have closed and stopped operating for the time being while the danger passes as they are relatively impossible to maintain social distancing in.

However, there are many other ways that you can keep fit during the crisis, whether alone, with your family members or even with a friend – as long as you maintain the regulation two-meter distance. Here we look at some of the things that you can do to keep your fitness levels up, ready to hit the gym when they reopen.

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Outside running and walking

Okay, so you may want to avoid street running for a bit. Lots of people who usually run on the treadmill may be out on the streets, and even those who do not usually might be trying their hand at something new while in quarantine. Why not go a bit further out and try a bit of trail, hike or cross-country running? You need the best trail running shoes that you can get your hands on, water to keep you hydrated, and that’s about it, to begin with. Why not explore some new trails and explore more of your area?

Get into your backyard

The government mandate wants you to stay at home as much as possible, so utilize the outdoor space that you have access to, whether that is your driveway or back yard. Set up agility ladders, obstacle courses, or suicides – you can use things you have lying around your yards such as tree branches and log, old tires, and jump ropes.

Play a sport

Most team sports are impossible to play and adhere to social distancing regulations, but there is no reason you cannot practice shooting a few hoops by yourself or with your kids or have a kickabout and practice keeping a soccer ball up. You can even go back to your childhood and play games such as throwing and catching piggy in the middle with the people you live with. Tennis, badminton, and golf are good sports to play, which allow you to keep a safe distance from other people.

Do some jobs

Chop down that tree. Shift those old logs if you are not using them as fitness props. Mow the lawn, dig up that old flower patch. Paint the fence. All of these things count towards maintaining your fitness level and also means you get those pesky jobs you never seem to get time to do done!

Social distancing rules do not mean that you can’t train outside. Some exercises and activities may be more challenging than others, but you need not let small obstacles hinder your fresh air and fitness levels. These outdoor activities can keep you healthy and active and prevent you from becoming a bit of a loner or going crazy!


At The Foot Of The Hill.. Prepare Yourself To Start Hiking

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Many people think hiking is one of those relaxing pastimes that doesn’t require any preparation. But the more you start to do it, the more you realize there are numerous destinations with various gradients that can undoubtedly prove to be a considerable challenge. It’s not just the mental preparation, but it’s about making sure that you are physically able to hike properly. Getting in shape for hiking is something that people don’t necessarily consider, but what are the best things that anybody can do to prepare themselves?

Building Your Range Of Motion

If you are someone who seizes up as soon as you get out of bed, you may find your first few expeditions particularly taxing. It’s crucial to build your range of motion to strengthen your muscles and make sure that you are building your stabilizer muscles. You can do this through various exercises at home, but you also need to make sure that your body is conditioned appropriately for those activities. There are shortcuts to this. Processes like Trigenics Manual Therapy can start to condition your body, but it’s also possible for you to prepare your body at home by doing simple exercises like step-ups and improving your cardiovascular system.

Training Appropriately

You have to remember that you are going to be pushing your body beyond a typical afternoon stroll. A hike isn’t something that takes a couple of hours; it’s an all-day effort. This means that you’ve got to work on getting your heart rate up but also condition your body to get used to the physical exertion associated with hiking. The best way to begin is very lightly. As with any physical activity, the most important thing is not to overstep your mark. Get your body used to a certain level of intensity and gradually push just beyond your comfort zone. It’s also important to rest adequately. The very act of getting fit and building up your muscles is ensuring you have proper rest time to recover so you can do it again and go a little bit further. You can also make sure that you get your body used to long distances by just going for long walks. Start by going twice or three times a week and moving so your heart rate can gradually go up. You should also carry a light weighted backpack as this prepares you for carrying the gear.

Strengthening Your Joints

It’s not just about the muscles, but it’s about making sure that your joints are strong. Alternately your skeleton is the foundation for your muscles. And while you may think about hiking as purely being an uphill challenge, downhill hiking is just as tough on certain parts of your body, especially the knees. “Hiker’s knee” is a very common problem, but you can reduce the impact by building up your calves, hamstrings, and quadriceps. You could also purchase ankle weights and exercise with these or purchase trekking poles.

Make no mistake, hiking is a very physical activity. And for all of the more relaxing aspects of the journey, you can’t underestimate just how much of an impact it can have on your body.