The COVID-19 mandated #StayAtHome movement is simple: if we all stay at home and minimize our exposure to other people, practice social distancing and maintain proper hygiene, we can flatten the curve, reduce the number of contagions and return to “normal life” sooner rather than later. We understand this requires some sacrifice on behalf of everyone, but it’s a necessary one we must make in order to do our part. With that said, it’s important for us all to remain healthy and active indoors, and there are certainly many ways this can be achieved.
Last week we listed 8 books you should read during the quarantine to stay productive and mindful with the aim of helping industry professionals and artists weather through the upcoming months at home. We believe reading, studying, learning and the constant pursuit of a better state of mind is of paramount importance for artists regardless of whether they’re touring or not, but with COVID-19 imposed lockdowns the importance of mental health takes center stage now more than ever.
Today, we want to focus on another important aspect that is not only vital for your mental health but physical health also: how to remain healthy and active indoors.
With closed gyms, limited mobility and most of our time now spent at home, it is important to keep our bodies active by incorporating some form of daily exercise into our routine.
There are many online resources to help you devise the right exercise plan for you and your goals, including YouTube videos,work-out apps and online training.
You should also consider purchasing and using any of the following home exercise equipment:
BodyBoss Home Gym: Working out at home is easy with this full portable home gym workout package. The BodyBoss 2.0 was designed to simulate all the bulky equipment and machines you see at the gym and combine them into one revolutionary workout concept. Purchase the BodyBoss Home Gym here.
RIPT90 Workout Program: Get great results burning fat and building strength and endurance in just 30 minutes a day with RIPT90, an intense, easy-to-follow 90-day program that will transform your body. Purchase the RIPT90 Workout Program here.
BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Mat: This 1/2-inch extra thick high-density anti-tear exercise yoga mat with carrying strap with allow you to work out at home, even if you don’t have a plush carpet or rug. And it’s cheap too! Purchase the BalanceFrom GoYoga mat here.
Yoga Cards: Yoga is not just for the yogis and yoginis of the world. This deck has 70 poses, and 9 yoga flows for every level. Each routine is specifically created to suit your unique lifestyle or occupation. There are also 2 blank cards to create your own yoga sequence. Purchase the Yoga Cards here.
Perfect Fitness Perfect Pushup Elite: Pushup stand designed to rotate slightly, engaging more muscles and increasing strength and definition in arms, shoulders, chest, back and abs. Purchase the Perfect Pushup Elite here.
Not only will the below supplements keep you healthy, but they will also help you with your exercise goals.
Puritan’s Vitamin C: Need we explain? Stock up on Vitamin C here.
Organify Green Juice: An excellent alternative to morning coffee, green juice gives you that morning boost to be instantly productive and on the grind right after you wake up! Get your Green Juice here.
Genius Mushroom Supplements: Boost your immune system, increase your focus and relieve coronavirus-induced stress with these mushroom supplements. Grab your mushroom supplements here.
Carlyle Melatonin: Fall asleep faster with our fast dissolve melatonin, an over the counter sleep aid supplement that promotes healthy sleep. Find our recommended melatonin here.
Optimum Glutamine: Glutamine plays an important role in muscle protein development, preventing muscle loss in the process. Keep your muscle gains with glutamine by getting yours here.
We won’t tell you to play PlayStation or Xbox as that’s too easy, but we will recommend some games you can readily purchase to pass the time while under quarantine. The bonus is that all of these, and countless others, keep your mind active, foster cooperation, and can be played by as few as two people.
Pandemic: Nothing could be more fitting. As skilled members of a disease-fighting team, you and the other players work together to keep the world safe from outbreaks and epidemics. Gotta love the team work aspect of this one right? Fight the COVID-19 pandemic from home with this board game, available on Amazon here.
Jenga: This one needs little explanation, but goes well after a drink or two. Since you can’t join us at the warehouse, you can instead play Jenga while watching your favorite live stream(s) on the TV. Grab your version of Jenga here.
Puzzles: You may think of this one as “boring” but if so, think again! Whether you are a die-hard puzzler or just looking to unplug and chill, this puzzle will provide hours of entrancing, mind-boggling entertainment. The puzzle features a geometric floor mosaic from Ancient Rome that is bordered by smaller geometrical fragments that making the puzzle a little more difficult. One of the great things about puzzles is that you don’t need anyone, so you can stay busy if you’re quarantining solo. Grab it here.
LEGO: Another amazing game for anyone quarantining solo, but also perfect for two people or more. Sure, LEGO sets aren’t necessarily cheap, but they’re fun to play and make for excellent living room or bedroom decor once complete! Our recommendation? This Amazon Exclusive LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader kit!
Scrabble: A great game that improves vocabulary, strategy, concentration and creativity, while promoting the development of intellectual abilities. Play Scrabble with your family or roommates!
Millions of people under quarantine have a dog or cat, and while taking them out regularly is important and permissible, it is recommended that you not linger in parks and public places in order to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19. Therefore, playing with your dog or cat indoors is important as it not only allows you to remain healthy and active indoors, but also keeps your pets busy and active during these months with limited outdoor access!
Dog Toys: There are endless dog toys you can buy, but if you’re looking for variety at an affordable price (many of us are out of work, after all) click here and grab this 5-pack squeaky toy set for just bout $20!
Cat Toys: Similarly here, the options never end when it comes to cat toys. If you’re on a budget you can grab this 29 piece catnip toy set for less than $10. A steal!
You already said that! You’re saying as you read this, and you’re not wrong. However we cannot stress this enough: reading a book and improving your mindset and productivity in the process is arguably one of the best things you can do with the extra time on your hands.
Do not underestimate the power of books. Do not underestimate the power of learning. The key is to remain a student every day, keeping an open mind approach to everything in life with the understanding that there is always more to learn, and always something to improve on. There is perhaps nothing better than reading books when it comes to activities you can choose to remain healthy and active indoors, at least when it comes to the mind!