The COVID-19 pandemic has taken over everyone’s routines, as people are only allowed to go out for essentials. Staying physically active, while always being indoors, continues to become more difficult due to social distancing practices. Some people are finding ways, however, to staying physically fit while being safe indoors.
Gyms have temporarily closed down, and wearing a mask has become mandatory when going outside. Now that there is no access to personal trainers, motivators, and gyms, people have sought creative outlets to exercise. In the past month, two sisters from the Riverside county, Anna Gonzalez and Yazmine Martinez, have decided to share with the world their own personal experience of the effects of staying home.
“After the first week of binge watching so many shows, we immediately felt lazy and unmotivated. We then decided we would find a way to stay active, while staying inside,” says Gonzalez.
With many people being affected by this pandemic, many have turned to Youtube to learn and pass the time including Irene Ramirez, a CSUSB student who is friends with the sisters.
“I started feeling out of shape and found myself eating a lot more than usual, so I began to look up work out ideas online,” says Ramirez.
This is how Gonzalez and Martinez found POPSUGAR Fitness, a Youtube channel with almost five million subscribers. The channel itself offers free fitness tutorials, workouts and live “do it along with us in real time” workouts.
“There are a lot of people who are not allowed back to work and cannot afford more expenses, so naturally, we found this channel helpful because it does not require you to buy any equipment,” Martinez shares.
Physical exercise can serve as a stress reliever and hobby to pass these dull days.These 30 to 90 minute workouts will help you break a sweat and feel motivated.
“The only recommendation I have would be to make sure you have your favorite playlist ready because it goes by pretty quick,” says Gonzalez.
Not only does working out at home benefit you and your wallet, it practices CDC’s social distancing recommendations. As stated in the CDC webpage: “Avoid large and small gatherings in private places and public spaces, such a friend’s house, parks, restaurants, shops or any other place.”
“Since we are not allowed in large groups we decided to Facetime when we exercise to feel more united,” says Ramirez.
During this pandemic people are advised to stay at home as much as possible and find new ways to accomplish tasks.
Martinez says, “I recommend anyone who is feeling anxiety or loss of motivation to give these videos a try because for me, it has made me get through my days just a little bit easier.”