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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!

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