Coronavirus and your health.
Now is the time to get in the best shape and health of your life, thanks in part to the Coronavirus. Say what? Most likely if you are reading this you’re currently under or have been told to “stay-at-home” via your local municipalities.
Part 1 of this series.
Working out at home is super easy and can be done in as few as 5 minutes. I will start with the basics below.
Planks (Step #1)
Your core is the most important muscle group in your body. If your back hurts you can blame your core. Not only will plank strengthen your core. Your abs start to change very quickly sometimes within a week and take a new shape and form.
This is an exercise everyone should do. It’s a basic starting point. Do the following for 1 week before moving onto step #2
Standard Plank. 10-second hold. Do 3 sets.
Left Side Plank. 10-second hold. Do 3 Sets.
Right Side Plank. 10-second hold. Do 3 sets.
When you first start the above you will feel shaky. That’s a good thing. Power through it. If the exercise feels to easy for you. And you HAVE DONE PLANKS BEFORE. Consider holding for 20 seconds. Then move up to 30 seconds.
Anytime you lower your body after holding the plank. Really focus on coming down slowly, this is where the real toning and strengthening begins, the up and downs.
You can also reach your opposite hand to the sky instead of resting it on your hips. This give the body a nice stretch while working your core.
Running / Walking (Step #2)
Now that your core is getting stronger it’s a great time to get outdoors for some exercise. Even in places with strict stay at home orders, walking your dog and getting fresh air is allowed. Runners will most likely encounter the least amount of resistance as they are always moving. Walkers can do the same if they practice social distancing and don’t stop to talk with other walkers.
Start by walking. See if you can walk to the end of your street and back, then progress to the end of your neighborhood and so on. Smartphones make tracking your mileage easy and Google maps even have a walk mode.
Once your comfortable walking for 30 or more minutes at a time the real fun begins. Running.
- Running makes you strong.
- Running makes your body look good.
- Running helps your lungs.
- Running is good for mental health.
- Running is primitive.
- Running is fun.
Running will put you in the best shape of your life. Nothing, I mean nothing can compare. So what are you waiting for?
Use this time, the Coronavirus to get healthy, get in shape and start a workout routine today. I want to look and feel the best I ever have when I turn 40 in a few months.
Now is not the time to take your health for granted.
What are some of your health and fitness goals? Leave a comment below.
Check back in for part 2 next week.