With COVID-19 on the rise, you might find that you are unable to go to the gym for a workout. However, exercise is a critical part of maintaining control over mental health issues and addiction recovery. Working out releases endorphins that will make you feel better and help you stay positive. Below are some tricks on how to get a decent workout when your local gym is closed or unsafe to work out in so you can continue to make healthy choices and stay on track in recovery.

Aerobic and Strength Exercises

If you’re used to getting your aerobic exercise by running on a treadmill or elliptical, it might be difficult for you to find alternative ways to get your heartbeat up when you can’t go to the gym. However, you have several options you could try to stay safe while still breaking a sweat. There are many workout videos on YouTube or other streaming services that can guide you during your workout. Often these videos are listed by the part of the body that they will be working out the most. It’s easy to forget that running isn’t the only way to get your heart rate up. Many gyms have also begun offering outside aerobic dance classes where they ask people to stay six feet apart and wear a mask. You can also try running in place, jumping jacks, or high knees. There are many aerobic exercises that you can try at home that will work up a sweat. If you are looking to build muscles, try some strength-based exercises, or use dumbbells.

Outside activities

With the weather getting colder there are bound to be fewer people outside, making it a great option to enjoy a safe workout. As long as you bundle up, you can run outside or go on a hike. You can do aerobic exercise in a park or your backyard. Some fun outdoor activities that can get your heart pumping include jump roping, hula hooping, and biking. You can also play a socially distanced sport with your friends like frisbee, golf, or a game of catch. Get creative when it comes to your workout. You can choreograph a dance routine in your living room or put together your workout routine. Figure out a way to squeeze in a ten-minute exercise throughout your day. No matter how you do it, make sure that you keep your heart pumping.

Exercise is an important part of maintaining your physical and mental health, especially if you are struggling with mental health issues or addiction. While not being able to use the gym because of COVID-19 may make exercising more difficult, there are plenty of fun and effective ways to keep your heartbeat up. Find creative ways to continue a workout routine in the safety of your home. Keeping up with your fitness will improve your mood and make it easier to accomplish your goals. Alta Loma encourages you to maintain your physical fitness for recovery. For more information, call Alta Loma at (866) 457-3843.