By Sonny Tapia
Working out, to some, is difficult enough with squats, bench presses and dead-lifts, but now the COVID-19 pandemic closed all gyms, making it harder.
Avid gym goers were left wondering what to do once it was announced that all gyms would be shutting down operations.
Although the gyms are closed, this does not mean people cannot stay in shape during quarantine. There are multiple outlets to teach active people around the world about how to stay in shape from home.
Working out can be made easy by doing core body weight exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups and squats. Some people feel that they are not getting the same pump they normally get at the gym when doing these exercises.
If these exercises get too easy, the exerciser can do more reps of each to feel a better burn. One topic discussed in an interview held by ESPN with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis, was working out at home.
Lewis said that when he worked out as a young child preparing for football seasons, he would complete what he called “the deck work-out.”
All anyone would need for this workout is a deck of cards and a floor. In order to start this workout, one would select three different exercises to perform and then flip the top card.
The card number represents the amount of times to perform the chosen exercises for one set. They would continue this process until the completion of the entire deck.
If they cannot complete the full deck, they can start with half of the deck instead of all 52 cards. This workout will keep a person in shape and active through quarantine.
Exercising without weights is not an issue. Watching YouTube videos of trainers or amateur athletes can help tremendously whether people have zero experience or 10 years of experience.
Some fitness websites have been offering deals during quarantine. Openfit is one option to help keep muscle tone, continue growth and just stay in shape. Using the link https://shop.openfit.com/pages/education, students and faculty can create a free account to start a 60-day trial using the promotion code EDUCATOR2020.
All users from East Los Angeles College must use their school student e-mail (.edu) in order to acquire the free trial. Openfit offers a range of services like over 170 work-outs of all types such as cardio, strength, yoga, barre, martial arts, abs/core and more.
The website offers over 350 live interactive classes with trainers giving real-time feedback. If students or faculty are worried about eating habits, the website has personalized meal plans to target whatever muscle group they are interested in.
Going online and doing research on other websites that offer at home work-out ideas is a great help for athletes and people looking to stay in shape.
The American Heart Association recommends that people participate in two and a half hours of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week. Keeping people’s minds in shape is just as important as the physical muscle.
Working out has been proven to release endorphins that help people with depression or anxiety especially during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Suicide rates have spiked due to the impact of the virus whether it is financial stress, family trouble or online schooling.
“We’ve taken over 1,500 calls already in March just specifically related to the coronavirus and I do believe that will continue to increase,” Lyn Morris, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services said in an article written by Royce Dunmore from News One.
Working out at home gives a person time to themselves and a break from all of the negatives in the media today. This is an outlet for anyone looking to be healthier and happier one way or another.