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Tips for Exercising During Social Distancing

March 19, 2020
Person doing push-ups in their room.

Gathering the motivation to exercise is hard even when there is not a worldwide pandemic. So with the gyms closing down, group fitness classes being canceled, what can we do? It is important to stay active even if we can’t leave the house often or hangout with our workout buddies. ‘YouTube’ can be your best friend during this time!

There are a variety of fitness accounts that offer free workout videos. There are yoga videos, meditation videos and even intense HIIT workout videos that are guaranteed to get you sweating. Fitness Blender is a great fitness account that offers a variety of free videos, and little to no equipment is required. If you want to do some lifting, and don’t own any weights in the house, it is still doable. Grab a canned good, something light, and do some feasible weight reps.

Another great strength training routine is various body weight workouts. Examples include arm circles, leg lifts, jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups, etc. These are a great work out and no weights are needed! With enough reps, you will definitely feel the burn… and you can do it right in your living room. For a good cardio workout at home, run up and down your stairs for 15 minutes. Or go for a brisk walk around the block (while staying 6 feet away from your neighbors!).

Exercise is doable during this time of quarantine. It may not be your normal workout routine but continuing to move is extremely important. Just 30 minutes a day can have lasting impacts on your health. If you need a buddy, FaceTime each other while you both workout to the same video or call a friend on your walk around the block!

About the Author:

Jaclyn Paciaroni, Dietetic Intern
Jaclyn is a Medical University of South Carolina Community Focused Dietetic Intern. Graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She is passionate about community nutrition and loves to bring people together using the power of food and wellness.