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Heart to heart: The ultimate guide to getting some exercise at home during the Coronavirus lockdown

Getting in a workout has been one of the most advertised things to do during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Unsurprisingly, it has also been the hardest thing to do for so many people. How do you turn off the episode of Money Heist that you’re watching in order to put on some clothes and jump around AFTER which you still need a bath? It is hard to do so.

But for the people who understand the importance of working out during this period, it has been mildly challenging considering the fact that all gyms, pools, and recreational centres are closed.

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Exercising is important since it improves the immune system and boosts mental health which are core needs during this period when Coronavirus is preying on people with immunodeficiency and the lockdown is triggering major anxiety.

So, for those who are hesitant about working out during this time, here is an ultimate guide to getting some exercise during this lockdown.

1. Aim to work out for two to three hours a week

You don’t have to spend all your hours in front of your phone or laptop in the name of working out. You only need a bare minimum of two to three hours a week to stay healthy and active.

You should note though that of those two or three hours, you should spend at least an hour on high-intensity workouts. Add two days of muscle-strengthening exercises to your workouts for that solid push.

2. Favour short, sharp bursts of exercise throughout the day

Heart to heart: The ultimate guide to getting some exercise at home during the Coronavirus lockdown

The idea of getting up once every day to do thirty-minute workouts may be too daunting for you to keep up with. To solve this problem, look into breaking up the workouts into small bite-sized exercises.

Move around your home, sit less, and get up every hour to skip or do some yoga stretches. Your body will thank you for it.

3. Aim for more moderate-intensity workouts

To compensate for the regular exercise that you are missing as a result of this lockdown, you will need to add at least ten more minutes to your regular exercise at home.

Moderate exercise is not overly tasking. In fact, it is any exercise that you can perform while doing something else like brisk walking, cycling at moderate speeds, or dancing around the living room.

4. Keep yourself accountable

Heart to heart: The ultimate guide to getting some exercise at home during the Coronavirus lockdown

This is probably going to be the hardest part about this whole thing – making sure that you complete a round of exercise before going to sleep every day.

To minimize your chances of failing, include working out in your routine. Try to slot it into a morning session, before taking a bath, or in the evening, at sunset. Either way, make sure that you are doing the important things to keep yourself fit and safe.

How are you getting some exercise during this lockdown? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Simbiat
Simbiat Haroun studied Computer Science at the University of Lagos. She enjoys doing research and spends most of her time reading. She can be contacted at simbiat@sidomexuniversal.com.

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