If you’ve watched the news… or been on social media… or talked to someone — anyone — in the past few weeks, you know that there is one topic on most people’s minds: the coronavirus or, specifically, COVID-19.
COVID-19 went from being a minor nuisance to a world pandemic so serious that kids are even writing songs about it to raise awareness… because, well, you can never be too aware.
And while the world tries to grapple with this health crisis, which has caused a run on toilet paper and left grocery store shelves devoid of everything but canned goods and other non-perishable items — you know, the stuff that might actually be useful in a quarantine situation — businesses are temporarily closing their doors and social events are being canceled faster than Netflix canceled “Soundtrack.”
Of course, this means that many of us are without a gym right now. So, if the coronavirus doesn’t make us sick, trying to fit into our bathing suits this summer just might (hopefully, everybody stocked up on toilet paper).
But fear not! Here are some exercises you can do at home or outdoors to stay fit during these trying times.
Note: Remember to always consult a physician or certified professional before embarking on a new exercise regimen.
As noted in a previous blog post, push-ups are a great upper body workout. A 2018 study conducted at North Dakota State University showed “no significant differences” between a similar group of people doing push-ups and those doing bench press exercises, provided that “different progressive variations” were used, e.g. more reps, added weight, etc.
If push-ups are easy for you and you don’t have any way to increase the resistance — we would advise against balancing the family fish tank on your back — you can try using the KAATSU method to bolster your results.
If, on the other hand, regular push-ups are too difficult for you — no problem. Just keep your knees to the ground when you do them or do them standing up, against a wall or some other immovable object (spouses and kids don’t count).
Lunges are a great way to build muscle, stay toned and even improve posture, as this somewhat creepy video demonstrates.
Better yet, it’s an exercise that can be done anywhere, and it’s very easy to incorporate resistance too: just carry jugs of water, a cooler of Bang® or Charlie Sheen’s arrest record.
Simply put, squats are probably the best exercise you can do — in the gym, at home, on a plane, on a train… you get the picture. Not only are they great for toning your legs and butt, they also increase human growth hormone production, according to numerous studies.
So, what does human growth hormone (HGH/GH), do?
Well, as the name implies, HGH helps you grow. According to Harvard Health, “GH acts on many tissues throughout the body. In children and adolescents, it stimulates the growth of bone and cartilage. In people of all ages, GH boosts protein production, promotes the utilization of fat, interferes with the action of insulin, and raises blood sugar levels. GH also raises levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).”
And like lunges, it’s easy to add weight when doing squats, wherever you might be.
Yes, we know, most people like burpees about as much as they enjoy a swift kick — or even a slow kick — to the groin. Still, doing burpees is an excellent way to stay toned. According to healthline.com, burpees burn approximately 9.4 calories per minute (assuming a pace of approximately one burpee every three seconds). That’s a greater calorie burn than can be achieved by running on the treadmill at a 5.2 MPH pace, using the elliptical machine or working in a steel mill (true, most people aren’t toiling away in a steel mill for the health benefits).
Give these exercises a try. Yeah, working out at home can be challenging, but it also allows gives you a lot of freedom. For example, if you’ve ever had the desire to exercise in the buff, now you can indulge that fantasy at home… where you belong, sicko.
So, what are you waiting for? Get moving! And remember to fuel your exercise session with a good pre-workout, like Bang® Master Blaster®.