There’s a hashtag I’ve noticed trending on Twitter this week. It’s called “#Quarantine15”, and it’s referencing the fifteen pounds we all could gain over the course of the next few weeks. As a company that installs and distributes fitness flooring, we can’t stand for this. We want to help you avoid the “Quarantine 15” at all costs. The best way to do this is to focus on at home gym workouts. Here are six options you have for working out at home and staying fit during this uncertain time. (It’s obviously more important to avoid the coronavirus than it is to be worried about gaining a few pounds, but we want you to have options.)
#1: Set Up Home Gym Flooring
You already know that we’re going to bring this one up, so let’s just put it first. If you already have home gym flooring, that’s great. Setting it up is a breeze and it protects your floor as well as your body from damage. Home gym floors usually come in rubber tiles or rolls and cushion both you and your floor while you’re working out. Rubber flooring also gives good traction and prevents slipping during a workout. It’s an affordable way to create a safe comfortable space for you to go through your fitness routine at home. Abacus Surfaces offers home gym flooring kits online. They’re American-made and their availability will not be affected by any possible shutdowns over the next few weeks.
#2: Go Outside
No one has told us we’re not allowed to go outside and get some fresh air. If you have kids, go play with your kids. Throw a football around, go for a jog, shoot hoops, do whatever it is you enjoy and keep yourself active. It may not seem like these types of things are “workouts,” but they are in their own ways. Going outside and moving your body will also be good for your mental health throughout this time, as studies show that exercise benefits not just your body, but your mind as well.
#3: Find Workouts That Fit a Small Space
A lot of us don’t have much room at home. You could live in a smaller house, apartment, or wherever, that doesn’t give you a ton of space to move around. Look for workouts that don’t require a big space to exercise. Things like pushups, sit-ups, jumping rope, and more all work in more cramped areas. Here are 7 workouts you can do in a smaller space to help you get started. Rolling Stone also has a list of exercise equipment you can use at home. You can check that out here.
#4: Keep a Schedule for Your Home Gym Workouts
Last, but certainly not least, you should keep a schedule for your workouts and keep to it. We don’t know how long this situation is going to last. It’ll be good to have a routine that you stick to, not only for your body, but to keep yourself occupied and driven during these times. There’s a lot of uncertainty about the future for all of us around the world right now. We can’t wait to see everyone pack gyms and facilities and play and train on our floors again, but for now, let’s stay home and safe and do our best with what we have.