Seven ways to stay active during quarantine


Daniel Reche

A woman enjoys taking a run through a neighborhood

Griffin Parker, Social Media Editor

If you’re like me, and almost everyone I know, you’ve done a lot of relaxing and sleeping during this quarantine. This is forcing us to try to find ways to stay active. Well, look no further, because I have compiled a list of the best ways to stay in shape during this quarantine.

  1. Go for a walk. Remember that furry little thing with four legs? That is your dog, and he needs to be walked. Take your dog around the neighborhood. If you don’t have a dog, then walk with your family. Go to the rail trail and walk it. Just make sure to practice safe social distancing.
  2. Ride a bike or skateboard. Riding your bike is a great way to burn some calories. Skateboarding can make your legs stronger. Both are great ways to ride around your neighborhood or down the rail trail. Plus, you’ll look really cool cruising through the neighborhood.
  3. Play outside. If you’re looking for something to do with a sibling, go outside and throw around a ball or play tag. It’s a great way to burn some calories while having fun and keeping your siblings entertained so that your parents can get their work done.
  4. Run on the treadmill or ride the exercise bike. If you don’t want to go outside, then pull all the once-used clothes off of your treadmill and get running. Many people have some sort of exercise machine, whether it’s a treadmill, exercise bike, elliptical, or something else.
  5. Take an online fitness class or find an online fitness program. Netflix has all sorts of fitness videos. Here’s a list of the best exercise videos on Netflix.  If you don’t have Netflix, there are all sorts of videos on the internet. Just go to YouTube or Google “online fitness classes.” You’ll find websites like this, which can help you find the right program for you.
  6. Make a workout regimen. I’m sure you can find weights lying around your house somewhere. Make a plan for lifting weights and doing pushups, situps, and planks. Just write down a plan and make sure to stick to it. You can also find premade regimens online. Websites such as Self and Daily Burn have workout plans for beginners, or you can find a more difficult regimen.
  7. Help your parents with yard work. Your parents probably need some help maintaining your yard. Raking leaves and laying mulch are great ways to work up a sweat while making your yard look fabulous for the summer season.

If you struggle to keep on a workout regimen, there are many apps for both iOS and Android that keep track of your workouts and can help you make a plan. Men’s Health magazine released a list of the 22 best fitness apps in 2020.

Exercising is very important for both physical and mental health during this time, so make sure to make time each day for exercise.