- You can still get out and walk or run (in most areas), as long as you follow your required social distancing protocols.
- You can modify your gym routine at home, even without expensive equipment (things like resistance bands, medicine balls, hand weights, jump rope, and of course the devil's sidewalk - the dreadmill). I've shared some tips on this post of things you might have around the house to use as weights. Get creative!
Monotony of the treadmill make you nuts?
- Watch TV. I have my treadmill set up in the garage, and put a TV out there to keep me from going crazy. I have a Roku device as well as a Hulu subscription, so there's always something to watch, even if I don't have that TV hooked up to cable. Isn't streaming TV one of the greatest inventions ever?
- Podcasts are my new friend, and they can be yours too. I've looked at several different podcast services and the one I found the easiest to maneuver around is Stitcher. You can search for topics you like and save them as favorites, and never run out of things to listen to. I listen more when I'm walking/running outside than I do on the treadmill, but if you don't have access to a TV where your treadmill is, it's a great option.
- Listen to audio books. Reading while on the treadmill can be a bit difficult (although I've done it!), so audio books offer a good alternative that is less likely to trip you up. There are a number of different apps/subscriptions you can access, and your local library might even offer a good selection for you to take advantage of. Let your mind wander with a timeless classic, or learn a new language. The options are limitless.
Same scenery too boring?
- If walking around your neighborhood has become mundane, research what trails you can find within a short drive, or venture further out and make a day of it. Pack a picnic lunch and tailgate if parks are closed. Again, be sure to stay within the restrictions imposed in your area.
- It's not always about training for a race or competition, so include the family more often. Kids can ride their bikes if you're running, or just take a family walk instead. Make a list of appropriate things you might find where you're walking and have a scavenger hunt. Bring chalk and leave your mark and share good tidings and encouragement to others who might come along after you. Even better, make a hopscotch diagram to encourage others to get moving too.
Restrictions suck, but don't use the Corona virus pandemic as an excuse to be lazy. Being active is even more important for your mental health now. Get up and get moving!
~ Marie Anne
~ Marie Anne