Quarantine Home Workouts: The Good and The Bad

Home workouts videos have taken over social media during quarantine. Workout videos can be a great way to take a break from work, get your body moving and relieve some stress but choosing to not workout should not be a reason to feel guilty. If I decide not to workout that does not mean my day is wasted. If I choose to workout I stick to three pressure free home workouts that make my mind and body feel great. 

Looking to Work Out? 

Here are Three Pressure Free Workouts at Home:

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First up is Chloe Ting’s free home workouts on Youtube. Chloe Ting is a thirty six year old youtuber with her own health and fitness workout website and channel on Youtube. I was nervous to try these workouts but when quarantine started I wanted to stay in shape and move my body around without having to do crazy workout challenges. You can do the workout programs or find individual videos targeted for different parts of your body. I like these workouts because they range from 10-18 minute routines you do everyday, they require almost zero equipment and Chloe Ting emphasizes during quarantine that weight loss does not have to be a priority. 

“We are all in quarantine and I get it...you just grab your favorite snacks...I have my chocolates right here and it’s totally okay. That’s what I do to make myself feel better and more normal," says Ting in a recent YouTube video on March 29, 2020.

Next up is just taking a jog around your neighborhood if you can. Though this is not a “home workout” it is a really good way to get outside, get some sun, listen to good music and exercise at your own pace. Don't forget your mask!   

Lastly is the YouTube channel Boho Beautiful. I love this channel because I can get some cardio in, stretching or mediation with different videos. I can do videos individually or try two week programs targeting a part of my body or mind. The channel is not about how you look but how you feel. 

“At home yoga, fitness practice or peaceful mediation practice can be one of the best strategies to combat all the uncertainty in all of our lives. That’s why we put together our Boho Beautiful Yoga Relief Campaign-entitled Return Home” is what is written on the homepage of the YouTube channel of Boho Beautiful.   

Not Looking to Work Out? That is Ok! 

Reporter Taylor Locke for CNBC talks about productivity-related anxiety during COVID-19. Knowing that this time during COVID-19 is not for competing is a mental health tip listed in the Locke article called How to deal with productivity-related anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts. Taking social media “with a grain of salt” is also important, says Locke.  

“We know that most people tend to curate themselves and put their best self on social media,” is said by Lynn Bufka, clinical psychologist and senior director at the American Psychological Association in the Locke article. 

Comparing yourself to pictures on the internet, other routines and lifestyles is hard not to do during a time when your phone can seem like your only source of entertainment. But remember when looking when looking at an Instagram live stream or Facebook pictures you never really see the whole truth.

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Need to Talk? 

Past or present eating disorders during stressful times can seem impossible to deal with alone but you are not alone. If you need professional help and want to talk about your mental health regarding your body, reach out to The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) through their website or by phone. NEDA provides low cost or free resources to promote recovery and provide support. (NEDA) has a specific page for resources during COVID-19. 

Some Day Are Not Better But Different Than Others:

Some days I find myself lying in my bed snacking and others I want to go for a run. Throughout quarantine listening to my body has made me feel much better. If I am in a mood for a workout I will do one but not forcing myself to maintain my workout routine has been freeing and good for my mental health!  

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