A Roundup of Indoor Exercise Opportunities and Running Tips
Posted on April 13 2020
Even before stay-at-home orders went into effect, at-home fitness has been trending for 2020, showing an increase in home workouts. Home visits from personal trainers, like Pastor Fitness in Florida, and streaming workouts, brought to you by companies like Peloton(R), have been making waves in the home workout space.
Jen Tallman, group fitness instructor and online coach in New York City stated in a Prevention article on Fitness Trends in 2020 that, “Working out at home or while traveling is only going to continue to grow as more people work from home and remotely and want options on top of in-person fitness.”
And that was written back in November of 2019 before we knew we’d be spending weeks to months locked out of our gyms and losing access to our running groups. Luckily for all of us, this need for streaming services had already begun to trend. It meant that fitness gurus and businesses were already in the process of creating and launching products that we could use from the comfort of our own home.
We’ve rounded up a few of them, with most options providing free promotions to keep us all occupied during this pandemic. Here at Crazy Compressions, the only thing we want to be crazy about is our designs. Make sure you are getting plenty of exercise and rest. Don’t let the confinement mess with your head. Enjoy the sunshine when you can and stretch those muscles. Your heart will love you more for it! And your mental health needs it.
Free streaming workouts
You don’t have to have their bike or the treadmill to take advantage of Peloton’s 90-day free trial. The app can be streamed on your computer, phone, or Apple TV, with plenty of exercise classes to select, such as stretching, yoga, meditation and more. If you do have a bike or a treadmill, then feel free to jump on and engage in an at-home riding, running, or walking class.
On March 19, 2020, the YMCA announced the following in a press release:
“Since its founding in 1844, the Y has been there to help communities through whatever challenge they were facing. Through the Great Depression, wars and natural disasters, the Y has been there. And while COVID-19, is a challenge unlike any other, the Y is still there, working to provide services and community, even as YMCAs throughout the country have had to temporarily close their doors. A new, online community program—YMCA 360 —allows participants to stay connected and active, even when they can’t visit the Y. The program will be accessible to both YMCA members as well as the general public for the foreseeable future.”
The Y will be launching additional classes throughout the month of April.
Beachbody has a streaming service of online workouts called Beachbody On Demand. The first 14 days are free.
Orangetheory is creating new at-home workouts daily. They post a new one every day and include items you can find around the house to substitute for the weights you would normally use at the gym. A note for all of you making masks for our medical workers out there, hold on to a pair of your sheets and then read The Secret to Getting Healthy? Hit the Sheets.
What better time to throw a dance party than right now! Get your whole family moving with 305 Fitness. The company is hosting live dance parties on their YouTube channel twice a day. Check out the schedule and mark it on your calendar.
How to navigate your run during the COVID-19 outbreak
We all have questions regarding best practices to protect ourselves and our loved ones from catching the virus and from spreading it. It’s important during this time to maintain social-distancing, to not gather for group runs, and to practice good hygiene. Here are a few articles we’ve found that turned to the experts to answer the most pressing questions for runners.
- How to Run Safely During Coronavirus Concerns
- How We’re Running (or Not Running) Right Now and Why
- Running Outside May Be the Last Activity to Go
- 9 Running Do’s and Dont’s During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Here are a few of the tips we’d like to add to the mix:
It’s important to keep moving but also to not over-exert yourself at this time. Movement keeps your heart and circulation healthy. Rest strengthens your immune system, something we all need to be highly tuned to these days.
Take a few minutes every day to unplug from social media and the news. Meditate and relax. Choose something you love to focus on. That could be a good book, a funny movie, or putting together a new lego creation with the kids. Self-care is vital!
Make sure your feet and ankles stay healthy. Long periods of sitting as well as long periods standing on your feet can cause the blood to pool, leading to swelling and pain.
Being confined to home doesn’t mean foot care shouldn’t be a priority. In fact, now’s the time to give your toes a little extra love.
Don’t neglect your feet. There are some simple steps you can take to make sure you stay healthy from the bottom up. Wash and dry your feet completely every time you shower. Remove calluses with a foot file and cut the toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails. Treat yourself to a pedicure but let your nails breathe for a few days between nail polish applications.
Pay attention to what you are eating. Mindless eating and raiding the quarantine snacks seem to be the go-to these days. Even day drinking is on the rise as we navigate the struggles of virtual school, virtual work, and scrubbing groceries and cardboard boxes. Diet is important though. It affects the inflammation in your body, including your feet. Chronic allergies and specific foods can increase inflammation, causing intense heel pain known as plantar fasciitis. An article in Everyday Health suggests eating more omega-3 fats and green vegetables while eliminating refined and sugary foods to reduce the inflammation and pain in your feet.
Exercise your feet. No, we don’t mean to go for a walk with your neighbor or join a running group. Pay close attention to the muscles in your feet and give them a good workout while sitting in a chair. You can do this in front of the television, reading a book, or eating breakfast. They are that easy. Here are nine foot exercises to try at home that will build endurance, strength, and flexibility.
And of course, give your feet and ankles an extra hug and a boost of color from our Crazy Compression collection!