When 2020 began, I was a gym junkie with big dreams of travel, getting married, outdoor adventures and much more. Then quarantine happened, and we all had to get creative and reevaluate what’s important to us.
Shortly after the beginning of the year, I started going to a physical therapist for a pinched L4/L5, which meant cutting down on a ton of my go-to workouts. It also meant introducing stretching for 20 minutes in the morning and at night to try to strengthen my psoas and back muscles.
My wedding only a few months out (or so I thought) at the end of May, and I was franticly trying to figure out a reliable way to get toned arms and maintain my muscle at home.
This was the beginning of my at-home care routine. Based on my PT routine, I purchased the following items to get started:
I’ve always been a runner, and recently got into biking more heavily. Go-to cardio is great, but that wasn’t going to get me the tone or muscles I was looking for.
That’s when I heard about the pushup challenge. There are a number of apps that help track your progress, but I signed up for the Pushups App. I hadn’t ever been able to consistently do more than 10 pushups due to an arm injury, or so I told myself, so I was curious to see how this could help me.
Four months later, I’m up to 94 pushups per workout in 5 intervals, and not only do I have the bragging rights, I also am amazed at the muscle tone that I’ve developed.
The next critical piece to my quarantine workout is the Downward Dog app. Personalized yoga routines of any length, difficulty or specialty. It’s been a great way to break up a couple days of cardio and give my body time to recuperate.
When we get the chance, my husband and I also try to escape the heat for some nature hikes to mix up our weekly workouts.
So to recap, my Quarantine Workout Routine is:
- Daily 20-minute morning stretches
- 2-3 morning rides of 12-16 miles
- 2 morning runs of 4-6 miles
- 1-2 yoga workouts
- 2-3 days of Pushup Challenge
- 1 hike or other alternative workout
- 1 rest day
“Definition of a really good workout: when you hate doing it, but you love finishing it.”
I have to say, I couldn’t agree more. Happy Quarantine Exercising!