March of 2020- that month still rings a bell within us. While all of us were hearing stories of the pandemic ravaging through the world, it came closer to home. We were suddenly pulled out of our cubicles, gyms, malls and asked to operate from home, making work from home a notion. Despite the constraints and challenges, as the lines between the personal, professional, and social world blurred, we strived on. Before you knew it, a year had passed, and we had pushed back the spread to a controllable limit. Kudos to our spirit!
We have faced obstacles, as all avenues of heading out were forsaken to remain safe. Yet, for every will, there is a way. These obstacles were easily cast aside, as we found out ingenious ways to make things work out in our favour.
Take fitness for example- it's an aspect of life that we all can’t do without! Yet, a lot of us depend upon the state-of-the-art facilities of gyms and sports arenas. Even if that wasn’t the case, working out outdoors, by jogging, running, exercises etc was what kept us balanced. With the onset of lockdowns, the fear of losing out on health hung in the air, after all, immunity comes from optimal health! Thus, rose the importance of working from home. Workouts were conducted at home, switching gym equipment or cardio equipment with what one could find lying around. Innovation and fun became the key aspects of making these workouts a rousing success.
With 2021 in a roll, let us continue that momentum, through the following ways:
- Try a free Instagram workout.
Instagram is a friend in more than one way- but now, this wonderful app can moonlight as your coach too! Turning to Instagram for the usual suspects- aka memes, photos, and videos, is nice, yet you can make this app augment your lifestyle, simply by tracking fitness enthusiasts, gurus, and gyms. Often these pages contain work out videos, tips, and resources that you can utilize. Think of them as your personal experts and follow them. There are a plethora of workouts to be capitalized in that platform- some even don’t require equipment’s!
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- Get on a zoom call/class with your trainer
Technology has advanced to such an extent that remaining out of accessibility/touch is just a lazy excuse! Your trainer is an essential part of your wellbeing; hence it is imperative to remain in constant contact with them, aiding them to monitor your progress. So, what if you can physically visit? Should this stop you from achieving the best version of yourself? NO! Call your trainer up, schedule a virtual meeting and get on with the program! What’s even better- you can schedule video call workout sessions to ensure that your form never breaks!
- Incorporate that sweat-inducing HIIT in your workout.
Miss sweating that unwanted fat out? Who said that you can’t get that high-intensity workout at home? What’s stopping you from taking the notch up in your workouts is the preconceived walls that you have built. Break them down with the following high-intensity interval training (HIIT) challenge workout:
- High knees
- Plyometric lunges
- Mountain climbers
- Drop squats
- Stiff-arm burpees
- Bicycle crunches
- Tuck jumps
- Wide mountain climbers
- Squat pulses
- One inchworm and two jumping jacks
Here’s the ideal time schedule, for each movement:
- ü First round: Do the movement for 45seconds, then rest for 15 seconds.
- ü Second round: Do the movement for 20seconds, then rest for 10 seconds.
- ü Third round: Do the movement for 45seconds, then rest for 15 seconds.
- ü Fourth round: Do the movement for 20seconds, then rest for 10 seconds.
Remember to pace it well. Suppose you start by doing movement number one ― high knees ― for 45 seconds, rest for 15seconds. Follow it by 20 seconds of high knees and 10 seconds of rest. Repeat both. The entire rotation takes about 36 minutes, utilizing your body to the hilt!
- Utilize those workout apps.
Gone are the days of Nokia 800 and Siemens- Symbian phones are outdated! Time has progressed to such an extent that living without an android or an iOS enabled device is unthinkable. The ease of hyperconnectivity is what makes these cellular devices indispensable to us, especially with their plethora of features. One of such is the prominence of applications or apps, that perform a wide variety of functions. The market is teeming with apps that walk in tandem with health- enlist them to your cause. Download one such app, feed in your information and sure enough, you’ll get a fitness plan tailormade for you!
Download the allforsport app to discover sports events, workshops, coaching classes and more
- Get creative- with your equipment and methods
They say that there is a method to all kinds of madness-they aren’t wrong! There is that madness to working out too-that of adrenaline, that kick of energy! Yet, plain workouts are often known to bore you out- humans are averse to the ruts of routine! To take that blandness out, be creative with your equipment and routine. Use a chair for dips, reverse lunges, decline push-ups and reverse crunches. Towels can be used to stop your feet from sliding in moves such as lunges, mountain climbs, pikes, hamstring curls and more. Pile up your books in bags and use them as weights- they are perfect for weight training! Make use of suitcases, briefcases, paint cans, water cans to add resistance. You can also order equipment from Decathlon- our online store houses a variety of products to help you become fitter! Also, make household chores such as sweeping, putting up stuff, vacuum-cleaning a part of your workout routine. You will finish your chores with better zeal and maintain your fitness goals as well!
These may be small steps but its these steps that can help you achieve your fitness goals.