By: Ginger Perez, Sarah King, Cole Kenyon, Samuel Haslam, Marcus Brewer, and Jack Dillon
During this quarantine, it is important to stay active even with the closures of gyms, parks, and workout classes. We understand it may be difficult to come up with some ideas, so we have brainstormed a few ways to stay active for you!
1) Go On Walks/Runs With Your Family or Pets
Going on walks or runs is a great way to get some fresh air and stay active. It is important to not stay inside for long periods of time because you are depriving your body of the essential vitamin D. Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body. These nutrients help keep your bones, muscles, and teeth strong and healthy.
2) Exercise With Household Items Instead of Gym Equipment
With the closures of the gyms, it may be hard to have access to weights, resistance bands, machines, etc. Our solution is to use items that you find around the house as workout gear. For example, for weights, you could use bags of pet food, or gallons of milk, or even a bottle of laundry detergent! The options are endless and you can always adjust the weight to what you are comfortable working with.
3) Go on Bike Rides for a Change of Scenery
Quarantine may be driving you insane with the amount of boredom you are enduring. One idea to cure your boredom and still stay active is to go on a bike ride with a nice view. The Bay Area is filled with beautiful spots to bike. You could head up North and bike on the Golden Gate Bridge, or for a more challenging ride, you could head South and ride the Santa Cruz Coastal Loop. And, of course, if you don’t feel like going far, a nice bike ride around your neighborhood is a great stress reliever.
4) Use At-Home Youtube Workouts for a Guided Workout
With modern-day technology, the options of Youtube workouts are endless. You can search up anything and find the perfect workout for what you are trying to accomplish. Whether it is a full-body tone or a leg killer, there are so many options for you. The perfect part about Youtube is that you aren’t paying anything for the guided classes you are getting, so if you really didn’t enjoy your workout, or if you felt it didn’t do anything for you, it’s okay because there is no worry that you are losing money.
5) Incorporating Workouts Into Your Schedule
With school starting back up, it may be hard to incorporate workouts into your daily routine, so to make sure you are still getting enough physical activity each day, we recommend to reserve a chunk of your day for some sort of workout. Reserving a part of your day will make you more inclined to do it since there will be a constant reminder waiting for you to do so. It will also prevent you from overbooking your day because you have already planned out your day.
Our group member, Sammy Haslam, interviewed Sarah Diaz, Sequoia’s Athletic Trainer on tips to stay in shape during quarantine. She recommends “bodyweight workouts, or runs and walks for at least 30 minutes, 2-3 times a week”. You can find more tips to stay active from our very own athletic director, Sarah Diaz from this week’s “That’s So Raven” here.