If the pandemic (COVID-19 outbreak) has shut down your gym, you can still stay or get fit with a simple home exercise plan, researchers say. “A cruel twist of the pandemic is that, at the height of the lock-down, the public health response has largely removed one barrier to fitness but worsened another. Many people have time to spare, but closures and physical distancing provisions have limited access to facilities and equipment”. Gym closures in some places will likely trigger the struggle that a lot of people seem to face in keeping fit,”
The exercises in the fitness plan included calisthenics such as running in place, modified burpees, and squat jumps. The 11-minute routine, which included a brief warm-up, does not demand high levels of motivation or “all out” efforts, the researchers noted.
After six weeks of training, three times per week, cardiorespiratory fitness was higher among those who followed the program, compared with those who didn’t, according to the report.
“Our findings have relevance for individuals seeking practical, time-efficient approaches to at least maintain their fitness. The obvious advantage is that a workout of this nature can be done practically anywhere, in a time-efficient manner and without the need for specialized equipment,”