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How to Exercise Safely at Home and Outside During COVID-19

In the ongoing fight against coronavirus, it’s not enough to just stay home, wash your hands, wear masks, etc. You also need to keep your body healthy and your immune system strong to better fend off COVID-19. With this in mind, exercise is absolutely essential for the entire family — not just during the lockdown, but also as you ease back into the world at large. From working out at home to taking your exercises outdoors, here’s everything that you need to know. Home Exercises for the Family With exercising at home a real necessity these days, it’s truly fortunate that it’s relatively simple to do so. Thanks to technology, online exercise classes can be done at home are plenty, and it’s just a matter of choosing the best ones that work for you and your family.

  • There’s no dearth of free exercise classes online that the entire family can participate in.

  • Many fitness studios and gyms — including The Arena — are offering virtual training sessions for their homebound clients.

  • Whether you’re just starting out or transitioning to a home practice, you have your pick of the best online yoga classes to help maintain both your physical and mental health.

  • And yes, yoga will benefit your kids, too—maybe even helping to calm those little minds who are bored and restless in lockdown.

A Wellness-Oriented Home The lure of the couch and electronics when you’re stuck at home can be great, which is why setting up your home for wellness can be the extra push that you and your family need to exercise and stay healthy in the pandemic.

  • Setting up a home gym is worth doing — not just to motivate your family to exercise, but also to ensure their safety while doing so.

  • Installing rubber flooring is absolutely essential in minimizing the risk of injury as your family gets active at home.

  • Home exercise equipment that supports your fitness goals yet doesn’t take up plenty of space is worth investing in, too.

  • In a pinch, you can also get creative and make use of household objects or even just your body weight if you’re unable to acquire home gym equipment.

Ease Into the Outdoors Restrictions are starting to get lifted in many locales, so it can be worth exercising out in the great outdoors again and enjoying nature’s inherent benefits. However, don’t get complacent just yet, and make sure to take precautions as you start taking your family outside.

  • It’s understandable if you’re not rushing back to the gym just yet.

  • Instead, look into safe outdoor activities that the family can do.

  • Activities that make social distancing easy like hiking are ideal if you must go outdoors, but you’ll definitely want to hike responsibly.

  • In fact, be very aware of the dos and don’ts of exercising outdoors at this time.

Keeping your family fit and healthy is a must in fighting off the virus, but you also have to keep doing it in such a way that COVID-19 doesn’t find you. Prevention is still better than cure, after all, so keep exercising at home when you can and stay safe outside whenever possible. by Anya Willis anya.willis@fitkids.com photo via pixels.com

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