For people who love to live an active lifestyle, being confined indoors isn’t ideal to say the least. Depending on your living situation, there may not be a lot of room to do your normal workout routine or keep up with the requirements of BJJ training. It’s hard enough that most people’s routines have been completely disrupted, but now there is a widespread ban on most social gatherings, including sports matches and gyms.
It is fair to say that many people in the BJJ community are concerned that their years of training and experience is going to be set back by the confinement of COVID-19. Whilst it's almost impossible to lose years of skill, it is possible to let your fitness levels slip if you’re not continuing a healthy diet and exercise routine. It might not be possible to continue intense BJJ training, but there are lots of other ways to get an energising workout into every day. The below examples are easy to find online and there are endless resources you can use to build your quarantine workout routine.
If you’re not familiar with HIIT, it basically stands for ‘High Intensity Interval Training’. It works by having you complete short bursts of body weight exercises which are done consecutively a number of times with small breaks in between each exercise. For example, you may do x10 sets of alternating exercises for 30 seconds each, x3 times around with 15 second breaks in between each set and 2 minutes between each round. It has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon and people are seeing fantastic weightloss and toning as a result.
HIIT Workouts are well known for their fast muscle building capabilities as switching up the exercises keeps the body in a fat burning state for up to 24 hours after the workout is complete. It’s a great way to get in some quick exercise that provides real results and the best part is, you can choose whichever exercises suit you.
Looking for a fun way to get in some cardio? The best thing about working out at home is that no one can see you! Zumba allows you to dance your heart out while actually working up a sweat. It feels like an intense cardio session, without the dullness of running on a treadmill. There are a bunch of different Zumba tutorials available online so set yourself the challenge to learn one full dance off by heart. Great for the mind and body!
Pilates or Yoga
Although often viewed as slow and unappealing, Pilates and Yoga are both incredible for building solid core strength and improving your agility and flexibility. These two exercise styles focus on human movement and the types of poses and motions that best promote body sculpting. Pilates and Yoga are more relaxing, meditative methods of working out and require you to strengthen your mind and body.
Take care of yourself
If you find yourself struggling during this time and need to speak with a professional, you can call one of the Warmlines (Mental Health Helplines) available in your state. If you or anyone you know are in crisis, please call 911 or dial 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a professional from Mental Health America. Remember to look out for others, but most importantly, look out for yourself.