Staying Lean During Quarantine

Kariuki Massio '21, Contributor

The Coronavirus has dominated the headlines. From the news, to Facebook, to Instagram, there seems to be no escape from the impact this epidemic has had on our lives. The past few months have been a struggle for many who are trying to maintain daily routines, which has become very difficult.

With the Coronavirus at an all time high and the world on lockdown it is easy to lack the motivation to do more than wake up, eat, sleep, and repeat.

One of the most noticeable aspects of life the epidemic has affected is our ability to stay active. It has become exceedingly difficult to come up with ways to keep staying mobile. But even with indoor gyms, outdoor exercise areas, and other athletic facilities are closed, there are still several exercises we can do to stay healthy and active.

For the upper body, exercises such as push-ups and pull-ups are the best route to go. Push-ups are a compound movement meaning they work multiple muscles in the body including your shoulders, triceps, chest, and even core. The beauty in push-ups is that there are a multitude of variations that can be done to target different muscle groups more effectively.

For example, to focus on your triceps and biceps, try a close grip variation with your hands touching. Doing wide grip push-ups will assist pectoral and shoulder growth and help strengthen your core muscles.

To avoid overworking only one part of your upper body make sure to also complete pull-ups. Pull-ups help strengthen your back, especially targeting your lat muscles.

If you do not have weights with you, there are still plenty of exercises to help work your lower body. The most basic ones are squats, lunges, and calf raises. Squats and lunges, being similar, both work on your upper leg muscles. One of the targeted muscles is the gluteus maximus, which is the largest muscle in the body and is used for almost all movements in your legs.

Calf raises, as the name indicates, are a movement that isolates your calf muscles and helps build muscle mass in that area which increases overall athleticism. For those who want workouts more tailored to fast-paced athletic movements, adding jumps to these workouts does the trick.

Variations such as jump tucks where you jump and tuck your knees up to your chest and jump lunges where you alternate your legs back and forth while jumping help tremendously with explosiveness and agility.

Doing these simple exercises can not only break the monotony of quarantine, but also keep our spirits up when everything around us seems to be negative.