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Missing the gym? Hit neighborhood park, workout at home

Missing the gym? Hit neighborhood park, workout at home

With several states directing to shut gyms in the wake of growing COVID-19 scare, Missing the gym? Hit neighborhood park, workout at home fitness and health experts on Monday advised gym freaks to hit the neighborhood parks and make their home a place to work out.

They, however, cautioned to keep distance while jogging or exercising in parks and other open spaces in societies.
Missing the gym? Hit neighborhood park, workout at home

With several states directing to shut gyms in the wake of growing COVID-19 scare, fitness and health experts on Monday advised gym freaks to hit the neighborhood parks and make their home a place to work out.

They, however, cautioned to keep distance while jogging or exercising in parks and other open spaces in societies.

Manoj Sharma, Founder, The Inferno Fitness Club in Delhi/NCR, hitting the gym is not the right thing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Walking is the simplest and most inexpensive activity you could do to win back good health. Try power yoga at home, if you”re looking for a rigorous workout to shed excess kilos,” Sharma told media.

According to Sami Kazmi, a New Delhi-based certified personal trainer, if you do not have access to gym for certain days, here is how you can remain fit at home.

“Perform some body-weight exercises at home like, squats, variation of lunges and push-ups, static holds like plank, squat hold, push up hold, bridge hold, etc.,” suggested Kazmi.

“Do yoga and meditation for flexibility and calmness and dance for endurance and stamina,” he added.

As the gyms remain closed, fitness experts advise that working out at home, jogging in parks and reducing caloric intake can be right alternatives to maintain healthy lifestyle.

According to Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, Group Medical Director, Max Healthcare, while the government is trying to eliminate all the possibilities of potentially risky environments where mass gathering is seen, this is a good step taken.

“Earlier where huge crowd was seen in places like cinema halls, malls, school, colleges, offices etc have been ordered to remain close. Gym on the other hand, though is not a mass gathering place, but at least 20-25 people gather,” Budhiraja told media.

“Containing a smaller place with improper ventilation, many people working out at the same time, has an increased chance of infection. While hygiene remains another major factor, it is neither possible to check the complete sterility of the equipment after each use, nor it is possible to restrict anybody with cough or cold to enter into the gym,” he explained.

Fitness freaks and enthusiasts can, meanwhile. opt for walking, jogging, stretching exercises or yoga in open environments like park, suggested Budhiraja.

Delhi-based Arushi Pande, a fitness enthusiast who is pursuing personal trainer and fitness certification (ISSA), said it is not impossible to maintain healthy lifestyle regardless of the current situation.

“This is the best time to give your body a break and recovery time,” she added.

“From squats, push-up, plank and Burpees, these are the best alternatives one can opt to cut some extra fat at home without going to the gym, Diet control is also important in such situation,” said Amar, a fitness enthusiast.