On March 16, when our gym officially closed its doors due to COVID-19, I hopped on Amazon and ordered a set of weights (until now I had only a few dumbbells).
I received an email saying the order would “not arrive until April 2 or later.”
“Big help that’ll be, since there’s no way this quarantine will still be in place,” I said laughingly to my husband. “But they’ll be nice to have.”
Clearly, COVID had the last laugh.
Flash forward to whatever day this is… Wednesday? Saturday? Your guess is as good as mine.
It’s been about three months. Or has it been five years? Either way, our gym still isn’t open.
And as of this writing has no immediate plans to reopen.
This situation, to put in technical terms, TOTALLY SUCKS.
So the weights – which arrived April 7 – have been a lifesaver.
Especially since you have a much better chance of securing a case of hand sanitizer than a set of dumbbells these days.
When people realized baking all that banana bread wouldn’t be enough to keep them in shape, sales of home fitness equipment blew up.
So, even though the weather’s warming up, if you’re
scared to death super cautious like me, you may still decide you’d rather keep your workout under your own roof for now.
Aside from resistance workouts, which I cover in many other posts (see below), you also want to keep your cardio fitness up to snuff.
Quick note: Both types of workouts burn calories.
A few factors determine the number of calories you’ll burn in either case:
So regardless of which type of workout you do, these three factors determine whether you burned off lunch or a breath mint.
Want an easy to remember, no video necessary to watch workout you can do right now? (Or after you put the banana bread in the oven.)
Pop on a headset or turn on the Victrola, fire up a timer and try this simple (not easy!) 13-minute cardio routine – which you can do twice for a longer routine:
Note: Keeping focused on time instead of reps makes it easy to follow. Adjust the time up or down depending on your fitness level.
Either way: GOOD JOB!
Other posts you may enjoy:
How are you doing with your home workouts? Let me know in the comments below!
Linda Melone is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, certified trainer and award-winning health and fitness writer. She specializes in helping women over 50 get in shape and lose weight.