If life seems a little hectic right now, you’re not alone.
Getting used to change is never easy, and quarantine is no exception. Whether you’re homeschooling your kids, wondering about your job, or just plain exhausted by these new demands, you’re not alone in feeling the strains of a new normal.
With everything going on, keeping up a regular exercise routine might be the last thing on your mind. Hey—I get it! There’s a pandemic, and you’re probably worried about a million other things. However, if you’re healthy enough to continue your workouts, here are five great reasons why you should stay fit during this quarantine.
So you don’t fall for fads, detoxes, cleanses, and/or miracle pills when this is over
One BIG thing I’ve noticed is that companies are already changing up their commercials. Car vendors, alcohol companies, tech brands… They’re all pivoting their messaging to target people right where they’re at—quarantined because of COVID.
Why? Despite all logic, now is the time to sell. With everyone at home and sedentary, fad diets and miracle pills look more appealing than ever. The ease and illusion of control these products offer can seem very appealing, especially in crazy times like these.
If you’re sticking to a regular, healthy exercise program, you’re less likely to look toward fads and products as a solution. You won’t feel as pressured to buy a product to achieve results that are not sustainable, and that you can build yourself.
At the end of the day, fad diets and miracle solutions just won’t last. If you’re looking for real, sustainable results, do your best to maintain a comprehensive, health-based fitness program. Maybe you won’t lose ten pounds in two days (or something crazy like that), but if you’re keeping up with your fitness, you won’t have to.
It’s good for your mental health
I’m probably preaching to the choir when I tell you that only 30 minutes of exercise can work wonders for your mood, your energy, and your overall well-being.
According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, walking for just 15 minutes a day reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. Exercise is shown to reduce depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD, and even help PTSD sufferers manage their symptoms.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and right now, with the world out of control, your exercise routine is one thing you CAN control.
Instead of sitting on the couch, watching catastrophizing news reels and overwhelming your systems with stress, give your brain and your body a boost with a workout. You’ll feel better, think clearer, and be more prepared to face challenges for the rest of your day. Even if you’re just outside walking, you’ll still glean all of the mental benefits—and soak up some good vitamin D!
You’ll always have a reason not to exercise, and quarantine is no different
Quarantine or not, people will always find a reason not to exercise. If the world were spinning on as usual, we’d skip our workouts because we didn’t have the time, we were just too exhausted, or “something came up…”
The excuses are literally endless and always there.
The reality is that there will always be an obstacle or bump in the road for our fitness. A global pandemic is DEFINITELY way more serious than just a bump in the road (Not trying to minimize, here!), but if you’re healthy, contained, and trying to find a new normal, there is no reason why you can’t take care of your body properly.
It will help give you normality and routine
The kids are at home. The shops are empty. The toilet paper aisle has suddenly become a ghost town, and the price of hand sanitizer has the entire market in shock.
I said it before, but I’ll say it again: There are so many things you can’t control during this pandemic, but exercise is one of the few you CAN control. Getting up, throwing on some shorts, and getting a session in will help you establish normality and routine.
Maybe you run in the morning to get some fresh air to start your day. Maybe you take a break from your screen and try joining the Mother Strong League over your lunch break. Whatever you do, try to block out a period of time to work out, then build the rest of your daily schedule around it.
Scheduling time for a workout is the first step in establishing a schedule. Starting your day with one staple sets off a chain of motivation and productivity.
According to Navy SEAL Admiral William H. McRaven, “If you want to change the world, make your bed.” That is to say, little bits of routine lead to BIG accomplishments throughout your day. If you want to come out of this pandemic strong, confident, and ready to face whatever’s next, take the initiative to be productive, starting with your daily workout.
It will force you to get creative with your workouts and try new coaching methods
If you’re a faithful gym-goer or religiously attend a group class, working out from home may push you to get out of your comfort zone. Without the equipment, motivation, and structure that those group settings provide, it can be a challenge to keep up your fitness level, and you might have to start getting creative.
Maybe you didn’t think you could train at home, but now you’re finding ways to actually enjoy your home workouts. Or you never believed that online training was for you… But now, you have a chance to see that you actually enjoy training on your own time and having a personal trainer in your pocket! Who is available to check in on you via your phone whenever you need them. Maybe you’re a runner who now has the opportunity to work on yoga for flexibility, or a lifter who can use this opportunity to focus on bodyweight exercises.
Whatever the case, take this opportunity to try something you’ve never done before. It’s the perfect time to reach out of your comfort zone, and you might just find that you enjoy the virtual fitness world more than you thought you would.
Wherever COVID-19 finds you, make sure you’re staying safe and healthy!
Today we are opening the doors to my signature program, the Mother Strong League which will not only help you stay on top of your fitness and nutrition with fat-torching home workouts and a nutrition plan specific to your needs, but it will also hold you accountable and provide you with the community support you need and deserve.