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Guide: How to stay fit during quarantine

April 10, 2020
<p>Members of the Black Girl Fitness Group workout at IM Sports East on Feb. 3, 2020.</p>

Members of the Black Girl Fitness Group workout at IM Sports East on Feb. 3, 2020.

Photo by Alyte Katilius | The State News

Nearly all 50 states have implemented their own versions of a stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With everyone across the country stuck inside and gyms being closed, people are scrambling to find different ways to stay in shape during this time. Here is a guide to some easy at-home workouts:

Exercising outside

With summer weather approaching, now is a perfect time to get some fresh air and some vitamin D:

  • Go on a run

  • Go on a walk

  • Ride a bike

  • Do some yoga

  • Garden or get some yard work done

  • Jump rope

While it may be tempting to play pickup sports games outside like basketball or soccer, state governors across the country, such as New York’s Andrew Cuomo, have stressed that these actions are not best practices for social distancing. 

Exercising inside

Don’t want to go outside? Okay, that's fine. There are still many ways to stay fit inside your house:

  • If you have a treadmill, walk or run

  • House walking. Yes, this is a real thing

  • Pushups

  • Squats

  • Stretch

  • Yoga

  • Calf raises

  • Lunges

  • Planks

  • Wall sits

Workout videos

While there are many popular subscription-based workout packages such as P90X and BM Fit, there are also a lot of free or cheaper ways to workout all over the internet. Here are a few of the countless videos available on YouTube:

Unique items for weights

Don’t have any weights or are tired of body-weight exercises? Use these items from around the house:

  • Textbooks

  • Backpack

  • Salt bag

  • Chair

  • Gallon of milk

  • Paint cans

  • Water jugs

  • Laundry detergent

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