Many people are being sent to work at home and told to practice social distancing as much as possible to help flatten the curve for the coronavirus, or COVID-19. While this affects many different areas of our daily lives, there is one thing it doesn’t have to affect — your fitness.

At Cypress Fitness in McLean, we know that being stuck at home can be hard and that you can feel unmotivated to workout. However, it can be simple to stay up on your workouts and fitness. Our gym is still open for personal training and individual use, however, if you want to remain home, we are posting workouts that you can follow on Instagram!

In this blog, we wanted to give you some other ways to stay active and keep up with your fitness during this strange time. Read on to learn more!

Get Outside

While you may want to avoid going to any events or places where people gather, like restaurants, it is totally fine to spend time outside! After working from home, be sure to get outside and take a walk. Fresh air can help you clear your mind and feel rejuvenated. You can go for a run, a bike ride, a hike, or practice any other activity you enjoy in the great outdoors. You can even bring your yoga mat to the park and follow a yoga video.

Take Breaks

When you are working in your office, it is easy to walk around, talk to coworkers, and move a little more. Working at home can be difficult because you may find yourself stuck in the zone and it can be more difficult to take a break and move around. Instead of sitting at your desk for eight hours straight, try getting up and moving every time you complete a task. After you send that important email, do 50 jumping jacks. During your call with a client, you can do lunges around your living room. On your lunch break, do a mini-workout; this is the perfect time since no one will be there to care if you are sweaty when you return!

Don’t Make Excuses

When you work from home, it can become simple to be lazy. Don’t let your situation give you a reason to make excuses. Instead, wake up and put workout clothes on; this makes it simpler to jump right in when you finish whatever tasks you need to do during the day. If you don’t have time for a workout after work, do one before you start. It is likely that you have more time in your morning since you don’t necessarily have to get ready for work. Instead of sleeping in an extra hour, use that time to do some yoga, do free-weight workouts, or some other workout that you enjoy doing at home.

Try Something New

There are so many workout videos and apps out there that allow you to do at-home workouts that are challenging and fun. Some people think you can’t get a good workout at home and that simply is not the case, they probably are just not trying hard enough! Find a new workout and give it a shot, even a fun dance workout video can get the blood pumping and help you burn more calories than you may think!

Challenge Each Other

Whether you are stuck at home with a family member or have a friend you generally go to the gym with, you can challenge each other and create a fun and friendly competition that can help you stick with your fitness goal. You can choose to do 30 minutes of exercise a day to keep things simple. Or you can make a bet on who will keep the same weight or lose weight during the time spent away from the gym. Competitions are a great way to keep you motivated and excited to push yourself.

Whatever you choose, there are many ways to stay active and fit during this time. And if you choose not to come into the gym while we are still open for personal training sessions and individual use, we are excited to see you come back once this is all over. For now, follow our workouts on Instagram! Contact us with any questions you may have.