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Social Distancing Leads to New Exercise Routines

  • April 09, 2020
  • Team Osmo
As social distancing becomes the norm due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are spending nearly all of our time in our own homes. This can make it difficult to stick to our regular fitness regimens: gyms are closed, outdoor recreation areas may be shut down or too crowded for comfort, and our daily routines are disrupted. Despite all of this, many cyclists, climbers, runners, and at-home athletes are taking this time as an opportunity to enhance or expand their regular exercise activities.

If you are healthy, there are many benefits to spending some of your quarantine time being physically active. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress, and in these uncertain times a release of tension might be much needed. Take some time off from reading the news, working from home, or worrying and choose to work up a sweat instead.

Many people have more free time now that businesses are closed and few people are commuting. Exercise can be a great way to take advantage of that free time. Indeed, an at-home cardio session can send a rush of endorphins to your brain to counteract any boredom or stress you might be experiencing. Your fitness routine can also help you keep in touch with friends and family that you’re not able to see in person right now. Social media fitness challenges, virtual group classes, and shared fitness plans can help you merge friendships and fitness without leaving home. 

In light of the current global crisis, some people may want to use their fitness activities to help others. By purchasing virtual fitness classes, you can support small businesses and add a new dimension to your fitness routine. Exercise classes are among the best ways to explore a new fitness activity with the guidance of an instructor. Removing the intimidation factor of showing up to a new class in person allows you to try something new in the comfort of your own home. Research shows that branching out into a new form of training, or cross-training, can improve your performance

With so many benefits to fitness activities during this time, you may be wondering how to get into the habit of exercising at home. If you have a home gym or any exercise equipment in your house, that is an obvious place to start. But, if you’re seeking to expand beyond your regular activities (or if other members of your household are hogging the equipment!), there are plenty of exercises you can do using just your bodyweight. 

If you’re used to group exercise, a virtual exercise class might be a good substitute. Yoga, pilates, and strength training classes all require little to no equipment and can allow opportunities to socialize while you exercise. 

With more free time, many people are able to workout for longer than usual during this time. Longer runs, rides, or sessions can do your body and mind wonders. But, before going to a local park or other recreational area to exercise, make sure that it is safe. If the area is too crowded to stay more than six feet away from other people, stick to the safe option and stay home. 

Finally, listen to your body and give yourself a break if you need it. Be mindful to find a balance between releasing endorphins as much as possible and not overtraining. 

 Are you drinking Osmo during your at-home workout? Snap a selfie and tag us @osmonutrition. 

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