On day five of quarantine, I am sitting on the couch, bowl of chips in my right hand, TV remote in the other.
I have switched from Lays potato chips to plantain chips in a weak attempt to eat healthier, but the words of the Betches Media podcast, “Diet Starts Tomorrow”, still echo in my mind.
I fluctuate between the lifestyle described above and four-to-five days a month when I am extremely motivated to exercise. As much as I would like that to be considered a legitimate routine, I don’t believe it actually is.
Luckily, now that we’re all confined to our houses, it seems whether or not we like it, exercise is one of the few things we still can do. Funny how that works out.
There are a few workout regimens that are a bit easier under the given circumstances.
If you’ve been a yoga skeptic your whole life, what better time to get outside of your comfort zone than this, in which you are perpetually quarantined to one space? CorePower Yoga, normally a very expensive studio with a similar cult-like following to Soul Cycle’s, is offering free online yoga classes, ranging from beginner, to advanced, all the way to intense sculpt classes.
Yoga treats a variety of ailments, from stress to anxiety, and if you don’t need a little remedy for those things right now, I applaud you. It’s as simple as typing CorePower on Demand into your computer, and if you don’t have a yoga mat, laying a towel on top of a cushy patch of carpet will do the trick.
I am fully aware the thought of hitting the pavement in neon-colored running shoes triggers some serious reactions in people, but it doesn’t have to be all bad. There are a few ways to make running more enjoyable and bearable.
For starters, if you are a goal-oriented person, pick a race and start working toward it. The sense of accomplishment you’ll feel afterward is enough to forget the grueling miles, and once you’ve done your first 5,000-meter race, a half-marathon might seem less impossible. The added running schedule might bring some order to your chaotic life. Plus, you’ll earn unlimited bragging rights.
For the actual running, I recommend finding a good podcast. One episode will generally get you through a 45-minute run and if you’ve chosen wisely, you’ll be entertained the entire time. I recommend the previously mentioned podcast, “Diet Starts Tomorrow”, (or, really, any of the Betches Media podcasts,) any true crime podcast (but do not listen and run at night, not a good idea) or “The Guilty Feminist.”
Blogilates is a YouTube channel I have been following relatively religiously since high school. The founder, Cassey Ho, has her own blog featuring a variety of videos aimed at targeting different parts of your body.
These videos range from five-minute “ab-blasters” to more grueling 20-minute exercises that imitate Pilates-esque workouts. The shorter videos can be used following a cardio workout, or to satisfy your workout quota on a low-motivation day.
Workout studios and online programs
Yes, most places are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many have moved their studios online and offer free trials. There are enough studios and online programs to move from one free trial to the next for the duration of the quarantine, and you’d never pay a cent. I will say, however, in the spirit of supporting local business, if you find one that really works for you, consider the splurge.
As much as I love indulging on chips and do consider myself a “serial eater,” the importance of exercise is not lost on me. They say runner’s high is addictive.
If we can find the sweet spot in our exercise routine that makes us crave the high, we should have no problem making it through the rest of this quarantine.