The paradox of not being able to workout and improve your physical health during the pandemic is not lost on us either. On one hand, improving your immunity from attack by simple germs to environmental hazards depends on maintaining good fitness. On the other hand, we've come to expect our gyms, fitness classes, and even the neighborhood basketball court as the place to go. Now though ... those are all off-limits. Here are some ways that you can still help maintain a healthy body and a strong workout, even during the pandemic.
Covid-19 is a nasty virus that impacts everyone differently. Unfortunately, studies suggest men are at a high risk of severe illnesses than most people. Therefore, as a man, it’s imperative to take precautions and treat the disease with the respect it deserves. However, this doesn’t mean avoiding exercise.
The fitter and healthier you are, the less intense Coronavirus is, so you should tweak your lifestyle accordingly. A simple-yet-powerful method is to work out more. Normally, this wouldn’t be difficult. At the moment, it’s tough since the regular avenues, such as gyms, aren’t open.
Also, there is a mental health issue to consider. It’s harder to maintain motivation during a pandemic. On the surface, there are plenty of workout issues that are making the health crisis worse for men. But, if you dig deeper, you’ll see there are several solutions, too. For every cloud, there is a silver lining.
Not all of them are suitable, yet you only have to find a small selection to increase your dedication levels, become healthier, and lower the chances of severe illness if you contract the virus. With that in mind, here is how to combat the Covid-19 workout issues that currently exist.
Stay At Home
There are undoubted benefits of getting out of the house. For example, a short walk can help you to get to grips with your thoughts, allowing you to lower your cortisol levels and relieve stress. Plus, the fresh air stops your home from feeling stale and boring, two traits that lead to mental health problems.
Still, there’s no reason to leave your house to exercise if you’re worried about the potential consequences. Or, you can alternate between working out indoors and exercising outdoors, depending on your mood. That way, your exposure to the virus is limited, yet you get the best of both worlds.
If you need inspiration, this post has plenty of it as it outlines the different types of workout methods and equipment you can use with very little space. Do you want a personal trainer to guide you through a session? Then a free HIIT app is ideal. Or, are you more money-focused? If you are, a skipping rope and yoga mat combination is all you require to get the blood pumping.
Of course, you can take it to the next level by investing in proper gym equipment and creating a gym-like area in your basement or a spare bedroom.
Run, Don’t Walk
It’s not often that you’re encouraged to speed up as opposed to slow down. However, the Coronavirus pandemic is doing weird things to society! The science behind running instead of walking is simple - you’re less likely to catch the virus if you clock up a brisk pace. This is because you’re almost always socially distanced due to your speed.
Walking, on the other hand, means that if you come into contact with strangers, there is time for the contagions to spread through microscopic spit bubbles. Gross! Even sunlight and the elements can’t help you if you’re not wearing a mask, which most people don’t do outdoors.
As a result, it’s safer for men to run outside than it is to walk. And, there is an immune system boost from running since between thirty and sixty minutes of brisk exercise can improve your white blood cells’ ability to fight invaders.
Of course, if running is too intense, or too painful on your joints, you can walk in secluded areas where the odds of bumping into people are low. A hike is a perfect option as it has all the health benefits you need but at a slower pace.
Take Injuries Seriously
The number of injuries sustained during lockdown is higher than pre-Covid times. Why? It’s because there is a temptation to exercise more to combat boredom. Working out more is fine, yet you must consider the impact it has on your body, especially if you’re no longer a spring chicken!
The key is to be proactive to prevent them from occurring initially. A tried and tested method is to take a rest day to let your body relax and repair cells after tough sessions. One to two a week is fine. Alternatively, you should try low-impact workout classes to lower the after-effects on your joints.
When injuries are inevitable, you must get to the root cause of the problem to prevent it from escalating. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, a sports medicine physician specializes in diagnosing and treating injuries. They also offer prevention advice.
Your goal should be to get back to full fitness as quickly as possible. However, to do it safely, you sometimes have to take longer for the sake of your future wellbeing. Men can fall foul of a stiff upper lip, or “manning up”, yet it only causes more pain and distress in the long run.
Do It Solo
The virus is at its most contagious when groups of people socialize. Although you can’t be around your loved ones in a traditional sense, you might assume that exercising with a friend or family member is allowable. However, the proximity is problematic since the closer you are, the more susceptible you are to the virus.
Even running is difficult because you have to meet up and be around another person before you start exercising, which is when Covid can strike. Men of a certain age need to know a lot about their health, and the pandemic is no different. Where feasible, you should exercise alone.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t rope your close family into helping you burn calories. Household workout bubbles are fine as you share a living space. As a result, you would already have symptoms if your partner or kids were sick.
For motivational purposes, you could make it a competition to see who can clock the fastest time or lose the most weight. An element of competition always makes working out more palatable!
The Bottom Line
Men might be more at risk, but this doesn’t mean you should stop exercising. The tips above are safe and effective ways to take care of your mental and physical health and boost your immune system.