This is a contributed post on how to stay fit when trapped at home by Phil Tucker.
Winter Storm Nemo has just barreled through New England, shutting down gyms and closing down streets for millions across the northeast. While most people might choose to spend this weekend on the couch catching up with their TV shows, their weight lifting program or running schedule knocked off course, a little creativity and discipline can help you stay fit even when you can’t step out your front door. So instead of opening a bag of chips and settling on the couch, try these different ways to keep in shape and don’t lose your momentum!
Stay Fit With Free Online Workouts
First, if you haven’t lost power, explore the hundreds of excellent workout videos that are free online. My go-to resource is to find a challenging yoga instructor and try a good hour or hour and a half session for free by just searching either YouTube, or the plethora of instructor webpages to be found. If yoga isn’t your thing, try finding a core workout, or a calisthenics/anaerobic workout that is light on equipment and easily performed in an empty corner of your living room. You’d be surprised just how resource rich the internet is when it comes to free workouts.
Create a Cheap Home Gym
While many people advocate the benefits of a fully equipped home gym, many of us don’t have the cash to buy a full set of free weights. Instead, simply purchase a set of resistance bands for a fraction of the price. These are rubber tubes that end in handles and which you can loop around the leg of your bed or under your foot and then perform any variety of weight lifting exercises with. Whether you want to do shoulder presses, bicep curls, triceps extensions, pec flys, or rows, you can find a position to challenge yourself without needing to buy heavy pieces of metal. Throw in a chin up bar that you can mount in a doorway, and you’re set!
Get Creative To Stay Fit
Finally, remember that you don’t need anything fancy to keep in shape. If your internet is down and you never got around to buying a set of resistance bands, simply use whatever is at hand. Basic calisthenics (such as push-ups, sit-ups, and any other exercise that uses your body weight) can be done anywhere, and you can always fashion a basic set of weights out of random household goods such as gallons of water to book-filled backpacks. The trick lies in not treating a forced break as time off, but rather as a challenge to your ingenuity to stay on track.