Since I did not hear the quarantine news immediately, I had no choice but to stay alone in my apartment. I could have booked a flight to my home state—Minnesota—but I was unsure if I was coronavirus-free, so I was merely self-isolated for everyone’s sake.
During my isolation, I missed plenty of things, such as my work, colleagues, parents, and restaurants. What I missed the most, though, was the gym that I went to five out of seven times a week. I became friends with the instructors and other gym rats there, so it felt odd not to see them for a while. Of course, I worried about gaining too much weight since I could not even go for a run at the park.
Nonetheless, it was a short-lived worrying phase because I found out that I only needed three exercise tools at home. Allow me to share them below.
The first must-have tool is a yoga mat.
Hear me out on this, okay? A lot of people think that yoga is a fad and ineffective or an absolute waste of time. I do not support that opinion, but I am not writing this to try to change your mind. We live in the land of the free, so you can believe whatever you want to believe. Despite that, you need to realize that a yoga mat can have multiple purposes.
When I stretch, for instance, I place a yoga mat between my body and the cold floor. It is also useful for bodyweight exercises or Pilates, as it will not easily slip under your feet. Best of all, it takes up less than three feet of floor space, so the mat can be used even in tiny apartments.
Dumbbells do not need to be found in gyms alone. It is unnecessary to become a fitness instructor or anything to buy them. Otherwise, they won’t be available in marketplaces like Amazon and Walmart.
Investing in dumbbells is a smart choice if you wish to stay fit while quarantining because you can use them as alternatives for exercises that used to require other equipment. Say, do you miss the lat pull-down or cable machine? Get two dumbbells of equal weights—close to the weights you pull at the gym—and mimic the way you utilize either. Trust me; you will get the muscle burn that you are looking for by doing so.
Resistance bands are those colorful straps that typically come in a set of four or five. Once you receive them, they look more like stretchy latex belts than anything. However, looks can always be deceiving, considering they vary in resistance levels, and each can make you think that spending a day in the gym may be easier than using them.
The first time I tried resistance bands, it was for a bodyweight routine that I had been doing for a week. I didn’t feel challenged by it, and so a friend recommended the bands she was using, which was killing her quads, glutes, abs, and everything else. As overconfident as I was, I placed the extra-heavy one around my thighs before doing squats, and I ended up being unable to open my legs.
It felt like trying to push massive dumbbells with my thighs! I quickly learned my lesson, started with the least resistant band and worked my way up there. Now, I get to use the resistance bands for any home exercise I can think of.
The best thing about having these basic exercise tools at home is that you will not need to go out to workout. Order them at once and stay in shape while being safe. Good luck!