Many high school athletes are remote learning due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and access to gyms, fitness facilities, teammates, and the coaching staff is limited or nonexistent. Learning at school provided movement and exercise with walking to class, sprinting up stairs, P.E. classes, and team workouts. Now, many students find themselves at home in front of a computer for hours of remote learning, only to be followed up by more screen time completing homework and assignments.
Remote learning does not have to mean inactivity and being stuck at home. There are simple ways any student can incorporate movement and exercise into their daily routine with little or no equipment. Not only will exercise help keep athletes in shape, but it can also help any student by providing focus, stress relief, and a change of pace.
7 Ways Students Can Fit Exercise In At Home
#1: Morning commute cardio. Did you commute to school? Use time in the morning for some light cardio to get the body and mind ready for the day before you log on. Go for a short jog. Run the stairs in your home or apartment building, or knock out a few burpees.
#2: Time between classes. Some remote learning schools provide students with a few minutes between classes. Use those minutes to knock out a few bodyweight exercises. Squats after the first period. Pushups after the second period. Plank hold after the third period. And so on.
#3: Keep exercise gear near your work station. If you are sitting and listening to a lecture, why not perform a couple of sets of bicep curls or rows with exercise bands?
#4:Lunch break. Eat a healthy meal with water while standing. Take a short walk around the neighborhood, apartment hallways, or walk the stairs. Get on your feet and get moving.
#5: Doorway pull up bar. Stepping out of the room for water? A bathroom break? Why not knock off a few pull-ups every time you leave your room?
#6: After-school commute/club/team time. Just like at the start of your day, use the time you had with your commute home, club meetings, or team meetings for a workout. It could be as simple as a run, stair sprints, or following along with a short yoga video on YouTube.
#7: Set up a remote workout with friends or teammates at the end of the school day. Create simple full-body workouts you can complete together in 20-30 minutes.
Get creative with what you have at home. Remember, you do not need hours in the gym to stay in shape. Take advantage of the time you have to focus on bite-sized exercises throughout the day to keep you fit and focused.