When Covid-19 really hit the country, it was supposed to be a 2 week shut down on businesses, max! Well… we know how that turned out…
When things started shutting down, gyms and fitness classes were included in that “non essential” shutdown.
I agreed with that. Yes, exercise is essential for everyone. But, where you choose to exercise is not.
So, with gyms closed across the country, we were all left with a couple options…
1. Do nothing, and use those “2 weeks” as a mini vacation from working out.
2. Get your home gym together.
3. Hit the parks/trails for a workout.
I know people who have done one of the 3. I, myself did all 3!
Going from working out in the gym to staring at your spare bedroom to push yourself to do squats and pushups, is tough!!
And if you weren’t quick about it, you know that home gym equipment sold out as fast as toilet paper in the supermarket!
No dumbbells. No kettlebells. No yoga mats. Nothing!
The Peleton bikes were the most sought after pieces around. With them selling out FAST!!!
A lot of trainers/coaches adapted to the situation, and held home workouts over zoom. I did a few myself. It’s not super ideal, but it worked for a little extra motivation.
There were, well, still are, way more people outside exercising. More bikers. More runners.
I was fortunate enough to already have a squat rack and some equipment. So, my strength workouts stayed as close to normal as I could make them.
But, I did get outside way more. Sprint workouts, circuits in the park, and anything else I could think of.
Part fitness. Part, just getting outside in the sun!!
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So, that “2 week shutdown” turned into 5-6 months for a lot of the country. With gyms in Philadelphia opening in the last 6-7 weeks.
I asked my social media about their fitness, weight loss/gain over the last 7 months.
Some didn’t want to talk about the weight gain that happened. Some have obviously not been as active as before. Some not as motivated.
For some, the comfort of being home more means eating/snacking more. Combining that with not being as active, and the scale tends to go up…
Though. Some have enjoyed it. Making their health more of a priority than before. Cooking more. Doing more home workouts. Going out for more walks. Working on their yards or houses, and doing more projects.
Now with most gyms open (I know some are still relegated to outdoor only classes), people have a few more options to help them be active.
The gyms are open with a cap on visitors in at one time. I’ve seen CrossFit classes held socially distant. And spaced out yoga classes. All requiring you to wear a mask (or face covering).
But, I know those that found enjoyment in not going back to those things, or finding that the risk is too high for their own liking. And have chose to stick with their routines they built during quarantine.
Which is really awesome!
I always say to find something, anything, that works for you. A fitness routine can be whatever you want it to be. And I’m glad more people are seeing that they don’t necessarily need a gym to be active and be healthy.
And a quick reminder to anyone who gained unwanted weight during these past 6-7 months.. Have patience with yourself. This year has been A LOT.
Don’t try to push yourself to the ground to lose the weight. Start slow. Build habits. Be kind to yourself in these times….
I end this with a question for you. How have you gone about your fitness this year? Have you built a new routine? Struggled? A little of both?