One positive result of this pandemic situation is the huge influx of (mostly) free virtual fitness opportunities. With so many classes, virtual races and challenges out there, it is incredibly easy to over do it. So, how does one take advantage of all of the virtual fitness opportunities without overdoing it?
How to take advantage of virtual fitness opportunities without overdoing it
Admittedly, I am the first to realize that I can easily overdo it. With stay at home orders continuing for many of us, social activities are out of the question. Enter fitness classes, virtual races and challenges! The perfect way to fill your time. Or is it? While increasing your activity level can have many health benefits, there can also be some negative consequences. I think my legs have been in a constant state of soreness for the past 2 weeks. Overdoing it can lead to injury, fatigue, sleepless and overtraining.
So what is a quarantined mother runner to do? I have a few suggestion to help you take advantage of virtual fitness opportunities without overdoing it.
When lockdown began, I signed up for a ridiculous amount of virtual races (many still to come in May) in addition to the weekly Uncanceled Project “races”. My advice:
Think about your current fitness/running level. Plan out your week of running to include the appropriate number of races at the distances that work for you where you are now. Do you plan to “race” each distance or use the motivation to get you through your regularly paced runs? How many “races” would you do a week/month in “normal” times? Personally, I use them as motivation to get out there with a sense of purpose as such, some of my “races” are power walks. I am ok with that! (5 things to consider before jumping into a virtual race)
Whoa, can you say fitness overload! With so many (mostly) free fitness opportunities out there from Peloton to BeachBody to CorePower Yoga, where does one start? While I do think this is a fantastic opportunity to try out new classes from normally pricey studios, it can be very easy to over do it. My advice?
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Try something new but take baby steps. Always wanted to take a bootcamp class but not sure if it’s for you? Try out a short 20 or 30 minute class. Since you are doing it at home, you have nothing to lose. You can always hit stop!
Plan out your workouts in advance. Determine how much time you have and block that time out for exercise. Look at the classes in advance to craft a plan that works for you.
Mix and Match. This may be the only time you will have access to so much free fitness. Pick and choose from different formats to create your own personal workout plan. Like yoga from one studio and strength training from another?
Don’t be afraid to pull back. If something doesn’t feel right, there is no benefit to pushing through. Health is wealth!
I’ve definitely been working out like it’s my job. Tell me, do you find that you are exercising more now during stay at home orders? Are you taking advantage of the wealth of virtual fitness classes and races?
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