Are you having trouble staying consistent with your workout during the pandemic? You are not alone.
On the surface, you would think that the pandemic would be good for workout consistency. After all, with forced shutdowns and there generally being less to do, you have more free time. There are a number of problems though.
The biggest problems is that gyms are just not open. Many of them have permanently shuttered, some are temporarily closed and others, you just do not want to risk going to. Even with the best of cleaning, a gym remains a real risk if you are doing your best to stay healthy and free of the virus.
Another problem is that despite the extra free time, we can get rather apathetic. The attitude of “what is the point” tends to creep in. You have more free time, but your routine has still been changed and you probably do not like it. Things are just different now and, what is the point of looking good anyway, especially when you can not go out and show it off.
Getting The Drive Back
There comes a time in just about everyone’s fitness program where they simply lose track and lose focus. It happens to everyone, but these are the times when you need to step up. Here are some things that you can do.
Invest In A Home Gym
The gym is a great place to work out in good times, but now might be the time to make the leap to working out at home.
This sounds like an expensive proposition, but it does not have to be. Look to Craigslist to find cheap used fitness equipment. If nothing is available, go with the new market, but start out with the basics. It is amazing what you can do with just an adjustable bench and a set of dumbbells. Start there and add equipment as budget allows.
Think About The Future
This pandemic will not last forever. In fact, with the speed at which vaccines are coming around, we could see some real relief by next Spring. Think about that, Spring. Do you want to be out of shape at that time or do you want to be ready to enjoy the beach?
Think of yourself as being in a cocoon right now. When you emerge in the Spring or Summer next year, do you want to still be a caterpillar or do you want to be a butterfly.
One thing that we miss about the gym is the camaraderie. Working out with fellow body builders can help give you motivation. Perhaps it would be a good idea to start chatting on some of the fitness boards like Bodybuilding.com. It could be just the thing to keep you in the body building scene.
Above all else boys and girls, keep lifting and stay with it. We will get through this together and come out better on the other side.