How to ease back into a workout routine

Features Newsday Reporter 36 minutes ago

Certified Personal Trainer Keeon Taylor –


THE Covid19 pandemic has brought the world to its knees. The consequences were immense. In the beginning, the main strategies to fight the virus were self-quarantine, social distancing, and masks. Even today, the threat from the virus persists despite vaccination.

Companies, public spaces, fitness studios and fitness centers are affected. The lockdown of gyms, fitness centers, and swimming pools has impacted various aspects of people’s lives. This is reflected in changes in their mental health, strange laziness, changing sleep patterns, and a lot of anxiety, stress, and anxiety.

Overall, individual fitness and mental health have been harmed, leading to health concerns and mental health issues. However, despite the challenges people face, it is possible to exude a positive attitude. This would provide the motivation needed to begin an exercise program without relying on a gym or an abundance of fitness equipment. It is therefore entirely possible to continue training at home.

First, you need to change your mindset from an all-or-nothing training mentality in the gym. You may not have exercise equipment at home, but you do have your weight and exercise room. Be creative, when there’s a will, there’s a way. Do exercises that require only your body weight, such as pushups, squats, and jumping jacks. You can also replace your exercise equipment with household items. Use bottles, cans, or buckets of water to do both upper and lower body exercises. Get a jump rope to do cardio and finish it off by lying on a towel for a core workout.

Maybe you miss your training partner. If so, plan a time when you can all meet up on Zoom and exercise together. Return to the routine of the same day and time meeting. Support your phone and inspire each other as you exercise. With this approach, you add the benefit of having an accountable partner. Remember, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. “

Use music to keep you motivated when you exercise. It is a powerful tool that allows you to recreate the same training environment that you would use in personal training. Listening to music while you are moving will remove boredom and allow you to do more by getting you in a better mood. In addition, you can accomplish even more by using music with a beat that is in sync with your movements. Some people even listen to their favorite podcast while they exercise.

Fitness instructor Keeon Taylor suggests that you do exercises that require only your body weight, such as pushups, squats, and jumping jacks. You can also replace your exercise equipment with household items. –

Choosing either music or a podcast that suits your exercise program can help you improve it. Find out what your ideal workout pace and intensity should be, and add music or your favorite podcast to add to the effects, both physical and mental.

You can rely more on social media to improve your fitness. However, mindless scrolling will distract you. Social media has the power to take you from watching one video to two hours looking at multiple videos and pictures. You get the information you might even have been looking for on the internet, but don’t be surprised if the shoes you Googled found their way to you on social media. However, despite all of these distractions, social media can help you maintain a fitness routine.

There are hundreds of groups to join and influencers to follow who can give you workouts and accountability. The people in the social media communities will motivate and inspire you while holding you accountable at the same time. Fitness influencers can offer you workouts. If you don’t have equipment, there are influencers out there who specialize in bodyweight workouts. Find someone you can relate to who can offer you workouts to support your current situation.

Despite a lack of motivation, anxiety and fear of exercise during the pandemic, it is possible to start a routine at home. You can get back into an exercise routine by following the tips highlighted above. Finding ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle protects not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. Both are important during the pandemic, especially when spikes are occurring.

If after a while you need to start physical activity, start gradually, choosing exercises and intensity according to your fitness level.

Keeon Taylor is a certified personal trainer of the Aerobics Fitness Association of America (AFAA), certified in the art and science of coaching by the University of the West Indies (UWI), and certified health and nutrition coach by the Transformation Academy.

He has been exercising for ten years and has helped fitness groups and personal clients achieve their goals using the transformative tools of changed mindset, good diet, and effective exercise.

Taylor has also authored two e-books: 7 Simple Steps to Absolutely Crush Your Fitness Goals and Forge Utopias: 50 Answers to Your Ideal Physique.

He also trains online. For more information, Instagram: @keeontaylor

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