There are numerous benefits to exercising. Apart from helping you lose and manage your weight, exercise is also useful for your mental health. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 outbreak has made it much more difficult for people to stick to their everyday routines, especially those who are used to visiting crowded places.
Gyms, businesses, and even entire cities and countries are under lockdown, and those facilities that are open are significantly curbed in the way they operate. Even if you’re lucky enough to find an open gym, chances are it’s allowing only a limited number of people to enter, making it challenging to fit exercise into your busy schedule.
However, not everything is as grim as it sounds. There are many other ways to stay in shape, and we’ve prepared a list of great activities you can do to help stay fit.
Hiking is a fantastic way to stay active regardless of your current physical form, and it won’t cost you a penny. Whether you choose the scenic route or prefer to stick to urban areas is entirely up to you, as long as you keep walking.
You’ll get to decide the pace and the length of your walks, making it an ideal choice for anyone who wishes to start getting into shape. It’s even more fun if you have a dog, since your four-legged friend will appreciate the exercise as much as you do.
Even though hiking is a very basic form of exercise, it will help keep your body active. If you decide at any point that you want to work out a bit harder, you can always replace hiking with running or try a more challenging form of exercise.
MMA Workout at Home
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and you can always remain physically active whether you have access to the gym or not.
There are several different exercises you can do while at home. Our advice is to always begin your exercise routine with a jumping rope. This is a great way to raise your heart rate and get you ready for the rest of your workout.
In addition to a jumping rope, you’ll need a heavy bag and a pair of boxing gloves so that you can practice your kicks and punches. If you don’t have a boxing bag, simply replace this portion of the workout with an intense session of shadowboxing.
Lastly, make sure that you’re working on your conditioning by doing push-ups, burpees, and crunches.
Keep in mind that the number of sets and repetitions will always vary from one person to another, so it’s best to follow a specific program and stick to it.
We often connect video games with sitting and being idle, which is the exact opposite of what we want to be doing. However, did you know that the latest in virtual reality technology can help you lose weight?
Even though virtual reality is often used in the casino industry, there are hundreds of VR games that are appropriate for all ages. In addition to being extremely fun, a lot of them can help you break a sweat.
If you’re willing to spend a few bucks on a VR set and are on the lookout for countless hours of extreme fun, we recommend that you try Beat Saber, The Thrill of the Fight, and, of course, Soundboxing.
Work Around the House
We often procrastinate when it comes to doing work around the house. However, since all of us are already spending hours and hours stuck at home because of the pandemic, it’s hard to find an excuse not to get some work done.
Instead, just take out the hammer, nails, and power tools and finish all the projects you’ve been planning on doing.
Even if you didn’t have any prior plans to do work around the house, it might be worth looking for things to improve. After all, you can always pick up a new skill while also exercising various parts of your body depending on what work you decide to do. Granted, it might not be the most efficient way to exercise, but it does help.
You can practice your wood craftsmanship skills and build furniture, a bookshelf, or even a shed for your tools; it’s entirely up to you.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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