Two Activities to Lose Weight During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Author: Luis Ruiz
You might be wondering what to do during the current crisis happening around the world and how to stay in shape and lose weight since the gyms are closed, you are at home due to working from home, being in quarantine etc. Well whatever your situation is here are some things you can do to keep in shape during the current pandemic and you can do that at home, going outside to a park(if safe to do so, if allowed), you can also do it by yourself or with the people living with you. Below are 2 activities to help you get started on your goals with some indications and the minimum you should aim for. However, a quick note, you don’t have to start with those numbers but rather use those numbers to slowly do as much as you can and listen to your body. Also if you set up a goal to hard for yourself you might get discouraged if it’s very hard or impossible to do instead my suggestion is to keep those numbers as a guide and set up archivable goals based on what you can do and as you accomplished the goals set the next one higher until you and your body can do the minimum that is recommended.
By walking you are not only getting fit but also losing weight. Various studies indicate that you are supposed to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. You can do this using a variety of ways such as using the walker machine (at the gym or at home,) or going to walk around your neighborhood (by yourself or with your family), going to a park/trail again by yourself or with your family. I know 10,000 steps might seem a lot and hard to track but these days there are multiple things which you can use to track your steps such as most smartphones have an app to track your steps and if not regardless of the Appstore you have you can find apps to track your steps by searching terms like “step counter,” “pedometer.” “step-counter” etc. on top of using your smartphone you could also use a pedometer, or a smart-watch, fitness band, fitness watch that they also track your steps. An advantage of using a fitness band or watch is that they can also track many different activities such as walking, cycling, running, swimming to name a few as well as they track how often you moved and if you stay still for a long time the watch/band will inform you to move in order to take away the staying still meter. I would suggest given the current pandemic situation if it’s safe to do in your area try to go walking somewhere close to your house for at least 20 minutes a day while keeping the measures such as social distancing etc. and staying safe.
Biking is another great activity that you can do to reduce weight, burn some calories and get in shape is to do some biking, you can do this once in again in a couple of ways. The first way is to use the cycling machine at home or at the gym. The second way is to use your bicycle(bike) and go to a park, trail etc. again you can do it by yourself or with your family or friends to go spend some time exercising and make a fun time with them while at the same time exercising together and getting in shape or losing weight whichever objective you have or your family and friends. Some advantages of doing it in a group is that you can all work towards the goal together, spend time with each other, keeping each other motivated to name a few. Again, having a fitness band or watch would be a good way to have as it can track this activity, tell you how many miles/kilometers you did, how many calories you burned etc. Once again as I stated
above if it’s safe to do so and if your area is allowed, I would suggest doing this activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
Conclusion and recap
I hope my suggestions will help whichever goal you have such as staying fit, getting fit, burning calories, losing weight etc. I also hope that you will now have some more motivation to fulfill your goals. I will add that when you are starting out do not do more than you can handle while the numbers I gave are the minimum and the ideal numbers or time spent on the activities does not mean you have to start from there. In fact, I would suggest to slowly get there based on your condition and what your body can do. Also do not overdo it as that could be dangerous and you might get unmotivated if you can’t hit a goal or set it up too high, instead work with what you can do to slowly reach the times and number.