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Is your gym closed due to coronavirus? Hit a nearby park to workout

Updated on:11 May 2021, 04:16am IST
There is a wave of sadness amongst all fitness fanatics as the Government has passed an order to close gyms etc. But we won’t let you put a halt to your workout routine. Here’s how.
IANS
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Coronavirus scare has hit India and how. Authorities have passed orders to close all the public places. Just yesterday, Delhi’s CM, Arvind Kejriwal, announced that gyms, spas, cinema halls, nightclubs, etc. will be closed till 31st March 2020.

We know it’s not a great news for all you fitness freaks but why are you so worried as you can easily continue your gym routine. How? 

Well, why don’t you hit the park this time? And the good news is that now almost every park has the facility of an open gym. Even the fitness and health experts are recommending it.   

With several states directing to shut gyms in the wake of growing COVID-19 scare, fitness and health experts on Monday advised gym freaks to hit the neighbourhood parks and make their home a place to work out.

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Hitting the park doesn’t mean that you won’t be cautious
They, however, cautioned to keep distance while jogging or exercising in parks and other open spaces in societies.

Manoj Sharma, Founder, The Inferno Fitness Club in Delhi/NCR, hitting the gym is not the right thing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Walking is the simplest and most inexpensive activity you could do to win back good health. Try power yoga at home, if you’re looking for a rigorous workout to shed excess kilos.

Adopt these simple exercise to stay fit even when your gym is close
According to Sami Kazmi, a New Delhi-based certified personal trainer, if you do not have access to a gym for certain days, here is how you can remain fit at home.

“Perform some body-weight exercises at home like squats, a variation of lunges and push-ups, static holds like a plank, squat hold, push uphold, bridge hold, etc.,” suggested Kazmi.

“Do yoga and meditation for flexibility and calmness and dance for endurance and stamina,” he added.

Take fewer calories so that you don’t have to sweat more
As the gyms remain closed, fitness experts advise that working out at home, jogging in parks and reducing caloric intake can be the right alternatives to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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According to Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, Group Medical Director, Max Healthcare, while the government is trying to eliminate all the possibilities of potentially risky environments where the mass gathering is seen, this is a good step taken.

“Earlier where a huge crowd was seen in places like cinema halls, malls, school, colleges, offices, etc have been ordered to remain closed. Gym on the other hand, though is not a mass gathering place, but at least 20-25 people gather,” Budhiraja told IANS.

“Containing a smaller place with improper ventilation, many people working out at the same time, have an increased chance of infection. While hygiene remains another major factor, it is neither possible to check the complete sterility of the equipment after each use, nor is it possible to restrict anybody with cough or cold to enter into the gym,” he explained.

Yoga is another alternative
Fitness freaks and enthusiasts can, meanwhile, opt for walking, jogging, stretching exercises or yoga in open environments like parks, suggested Budhiraja.

Delhi-based Arushi Pande, a fitness enthusiast who is pursuing personal trainer and fitness certification (ISSA), said it is not impossible to maintain a healthy lifestyle regardless of the current situation.

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‘Eat home-cooked meals and work out at home. This is the best time to work on abs, go for a jog in the park or perform morning/evening walks,” said Pande.

“This is the best time to give your body a break and recovery time,” she added.

“From squats, push-ups, plank, and Burpees, these are the best alternatives one can opt to cut some extra fat at home without going to the gym, Diet control is also important in such a situation,” said Amar, a fitness enthusiast.

So, there you go. Even if you have got work from home from your office then it is all the more simple to follow this routine at your own convenience.