As ideal as it would be to sit and watch Netflix all day, every day, it is probably not the best option for one’s physical health.
With many gyms and traditional workout studios closed due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19 — not to mention the lack of intramural sports and use of the Ganus Activities Complex (GAC) — students may be feeling lost at the thought of staying active through quarantine. Though traditional opportunities for physical activity may be limited, there are still plenty of options to get creative and get active.
Senior Brooklyn Howard, athletic director for women’s social club Chi Omega Pi, was used to staying active by playing club sports and exercising with friends in the GAC.
“At home, it’s been much harder to stay active,” Howard said. “I make it a goal to do a short workout each morning. I usually follow a YouTube video, because they’re free and have a ton of different options. In the afternoons, I like to get outside and take my dogs on a walk.”
Senior Lizzy McHan said she has downloaded different exercise apps to stay active at home. Some of these are Tone It Up, Sweat and The Bar Method. Lots of apps provide a variety of activities to help the user stay in shape. Many are free.
For those who are not used to exercising, McHan recommended being open to new ideas.
“Have an open mind, and if you are with any family members, do it together because it makes it more fun,” McHan said. “And try different apps until you find one that you enjoy.”
Junior Olivia Suddath said she has gone back to the basics of working out since her regular gym shut down temporarily.
“I ran outside yesterday, which was nice to exercise and get some fresh air,” Suddath said. “You could also just walk or bike outside to get active and to get out of the house.”
Staying healthy and active can be a daunting task at any time, and perhaps more so when gyms, sports and activity classes are unavailable. Leading a healthy lifestyle is still possible, though; it may just take some extra motivation and creativity.
“The biggest reason I exercise regularly is that it makes me feel good,” Howard said. “Staying active improves mood and overall health. I would recommend starting small and increasing over the next few weeks.”