As you’re preparing for your upcoming wedding, you may be focusing on fitness to look and feel your best when you walk down the aisle. You may also find that it’s a bit challenging and discouraging to keep up with a fitness routine while stuck in your house during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are many ways to keep up with your pre-wedding workout routine while quarantined, all from the comfort of your own home. Not only are these methods effective in helping to get and stay in shape, but they’re also a great stress reliever during this time of uncertainty.
Find Ways to Stay Motivated with Your Fitness Routine
With the couch nearby calling your name, you may find it hard to stay motivated to workout from the comfort of home. Keeping your sights on your goals is one way to keep pushing yourself forward. Do this by keeping a goal journal that you reference and write in frequently. You can even create a vision board for your health and fitness goals, placing it somewhere you will regularly see it as a reminder of why you’re working so hard.
Stick to a Workout Schedule
Sticking to a regular workout routine and schedule while quarantined will help you to develop the habit of working out from home on a regular basis. Figure out what time works best for you to exercise as a part of this new normal. Maybe it’s right when you wake up, around lunch time, or at the end of the day. You can also create a schedule as to what kinds of workouts you’ll complete each day if that helps, scheduling out what days you’ll do cardio, which you’ll do weight training, and which will be yoga and stretching. Don’t forget to pencil in rest days, too!
Exercise with Your Fiancé
If you’re quarantined with your soon-to-be-spouse (or just a roommate), get them involved in your workout routine. A workout buddy can help to keep you motivated, and it’s a good way to pass the time together.
Utilize Free Workout Resources
In light of the pandemic and social distancing movement, many online platforms are offering extended free trials to allow users to workout from the comfort of their home at no cost. For instance, Peloton is offering a free 90-day trial of their fitness app. You don’t even need to have their home gym equipment to make use of this app, either!
Another platform offering users an extended free trial during this time is the YMCA 360 online offering. This site has a wide range of training and workout videos worth exploring, all of which are easy to do from home.
Other businesses are making use of social media to present free health and fitness offerings. For instance, Planet Fitness is live-streaming home “work-ins” during the quarantine. These routines don’t require equipment, making them a simple workout for anyone to complete from home.
Develop Your Own Routine to Follow at Home
Create your own workout routine if you don’t want to use any online platforms to guide you. You can do this by combining simple body weight exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups, planks, and wall sits. Creating and perfecting your own workout routines is a fun way to get creative while contributing to your overall wellbeing.
Don’t Forget About Mental Fitness
Your physical body isn’t the only thing that needs toning during this crazy time. Your mental health is important to tend to at home, too. Consider practicing yoga regularly, which helps with both fitness and mental health, or meditation. The popular meditation app Headspace is available to try for free, or try the Aura app for quick, free meditations.
Don’t forget to reward yourself for sticking to your home workout routines. Do so with a splurge meal, by watching a guilty pleasure movie, or by doing a little online shopping. Whatever way you choose to reward yourself, this is an important part of recognizing your own hard work and dedication.
Staying fit and healthy from home during the COIVID-19 pandemic may seem like a big challenge, but by motivating yourself and using the resources available, you can easily use this time to your advantage to achieve fitness goals.