How to Maintain your Fitness during COVID-19

Who is busy apologising to the year 2019 for being a tough one? 2020 has definitely made 2019 look like a dream since the COVID-19 outbreak. But what does that mean for you, especially if you have been training in groups and for events?

Firstly, it’s so important not to panic. We already know how that has turned out; mass buying of toilet paper, tinned goods, pasta, meat and so on. Yes, everyone is on edge and you better hold in that sneeze if you don’t want to get a side glance from those nearby but when did panicking actually do anyone any good? The best thing to do right now is to educate yourself on the virus from accredited sites (there’s a lot of fake news doing the rounds) and practice the guidelines implemented by the government on sanitation and social distancing. If everyone acts responsibly and does their part, then it will help to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus.

Secondly, what does it mean for your training routine? Many big running events have been cancelled, with hovering indecision still around comrades, and it certainly is a damper on the spirits and morale. It may feel like the commitment to hours of gruelling training has been a waste and you may think about throwing in the towel. DON’T!

Yes, the world may be on lockdown and gyms are either closed or limiting numbers, but this doesn’t have to break that fighter spirit of yours nor does it mean you should just stop training. It just means that you need to readapt and make a few training tweaks here and there until the COVID-19 dust settles. Here are some ideas:

  1. Go Solo

Avoid running in large groups for the next few weeks. Even if everyone is feeling healthy, they could still be a carrier and this virus is very contagious so rather plan solo runs and stay safe.

  • Get Creative

Instead of hitting the treadmill at gym, plan some interesting routes close to home or areas that are safe for running. It may not be as intense as your normal training but it will help to maintain your fitness and keep you ticking over.

  • Do Home Workouts

There are endless YouTube workout videos you can choose from to keep the heartrate up and the cabin fever insanity levels low. Set a time in your day to work up a sweat; the High intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are really effective.

  • Maintain a Healthy Diet

Stress can lead to comfort eating and, if you are self-isolating, it’s also easy to overindulge due to boredom. Your efforts until now have not been in vain so don’t let the current doom and gloom going around on social media get you down. Keep that chin up, stock up on healthy foods and snacks and keep at it.

It’s easy to see all the scary hype on social media and freak out but this is not a time to panic. Rather, it is a time to stay informed with the right information, be considerate of others and readjust our lifestyles. Let’s stay healthy and work towards flattening the curve.

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