Staying Motivated During Quarantine

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Published on: April 23rd, 2020
Updated on: August 15th, 2021
This article is in categories: Articles | Fitness | Short Articles

I, like many of you, set my yearly fitness goal at the end of last year and started to work on it immediately after New Year’s Day. I made it simple–work out five times a week. No more chasing max lifts, PR’s, or learning a new movement like double unders this year. I wanted to keep it basic and enjoyable, and I did. I came out of the gate fast, making it to the gym 6-7 days a week. Then in mid-March, the governor closed all the state’s gyms because of COVID-19. What was I going to do?

I could have shut it down and used the quarantine as an excuse. How many of us have done just that? It would be easy to do, but fortunately, I belong to a fitness community that did not let this pandemic hold us back. We immediately decided to continue our daily journey. So instead of going to the gym, we found an outdoor venue and started following the rules of social distancing. Instead of shutting it down, we have done the exact opposite. And, I haven’t taken a day off since the quarantine has been instituted.

So take that COVID. You are not going to get in the way of this goal. You’re not taking this from me. And, it shouldn’t get in your way either.

There are many ways to continue on your journey. If you are stuck for ideas, you can follow along with our COVID-19 Workouts, or do like a few of the members of our community are doing. Borrow a barbell from your gym and get to work.

If you can’t get your hands on some equipment, go for a walk or a run. Air squats, lunges, push-ups, and sit-ups are great alternatives until you get back to the gym.

Anything is better than nothing, so don’t let the inconvenience of your gym being closed set you back. Find something to do and keep pushin’.

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I'm a has-been high school athlete who now enjoys CrossFit, baseball, and other athletic activities. As a profession, I design software, and I create the majority of I.M.s content. I do it for the fun of it, but I hope it helps others pursue fitness.

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