My gym routine is the biggest casualty of the coronavirus outbreak for me. And this is how I’m coping

Updated on:26 March 2020, 18:52pm IST
Amidst the coronavirus scare it is very important to take care of your health. And so what if the gyms are closed? Your home is equipped enough to help you.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Working out at home is fun in many ways. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Less movement and more calories than I can actually burn–this is becoming my everyday story since I started working from home. 

Frankly, I think the worst blow for me in this pandemic is that my gym is closed. My gym for me is the one place where I feel like me–and it is no longer a part of my daily routine. When I tried to make my peace with it by running in the neighbourhood park, that’s when the lockdown happened. Can you beat that? 

But something needs to be done, right? Of course, I can’t do weight training without going to the gym, but there are a lot of things that I can do with the “equipment” I have at home. 

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Exercising is important to clear your mind and beat that anxiety during this lockdown. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

So, this is what I did…

I did biceps curl with a water bottle
I can’t stop raving about this hack. I mean this is so much better than what I used to do at the gym. And the best part is that I don’t need to buy dumb-bells to to workout at home. I can just use old plastic bottles. Since I am a cola buff, regrettably so, I have these bottles in all shapes and sizes. So, jackpot! 

I did side bends with a random rod lying around on my terrace
When I was taking a stroll on my terrace the other day, I found a lot of junk lying there. Sure, my mom told me to get it sorted out, but I never got the time. And thank God I didn’t because I found a rod to help me with side bends. With this buddy with me, I now attack them love handles regularly. 

 

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I did the stepper with bricks
After discovering the water bottle and rod, ideas just kept flowing. So, I have made a DIY stepper from bricks. Well, it was no rocket science: I just put bricks on top of each other-et voila!   

 

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Of course, skipping, push-ups, and burpees have come handy during this time
Everything happens for good. I have always been an advocate of not using heavy-duty cardio machines in the gym, maybe this was the time I was prepping for. Now all my skipping, burpees, and push-ups skills are coming in handy for me. And both my cardio and muscle toning seshs are sorted.

 

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Yoga is also keeping me sane
I can’t even start telling you how boring it is to stay and work from home. Self-isolation is hard man and it becomes all the more important to keep your mental health in check and that’s why I showed my trust in yoga or I should say power yoga. So, both my physical and mental health is now in check.

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All in all, earlier I was regretting not hitting the gym but frankly I’m now trying out things in a different manner which is not just about staying fit but also having some fun. And I’m liking it!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.