Working In

How students are getting exercise while at home and ideas for quarantine workouts.

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Senior Trinity Hadel works out in her room. Hadel has been working out every day since 2019 and uses the resources available in her house during quarantine to continue to exercise. “I work out every single day," Hadel said. "It’s my biggest priority following family and friends. When the gym was open, I’d go every day at least once or twice if I could fit in the time!"

The daily routines of people around the world have been altered due to COVID-19, according to Mayo Clinic. Because of the lockdown, many regular gym attendees are no longer able to work out at the gym. According to an Instagram poll taken by 100 students, eighty-six percent of students say they are working out during quarantine.

Senior Trinity Hadel has a passion for taking care of her body. Since May 2019, she has been working out seven days a week. During quarantine, she has gotten creative with, not only her workouts, but ways to stay motivated. Hadel’s routine before quarantine consisted of a daily trip to the gym after school. Now, she works out in the middle of the day.

“I work out at home with my yoga mat and my little variety of weights,” Hadel said. “I have several different routines to work on specific areas, such as abs, glutes, legs, chest and arms. I also go on plenty of walks throughout my neighborhood trails and occasional runs to boost my energy when the weather is cooperative.”

Despite the lack of equipment, Hadel continues to be motivated.

“I find motivation in the thought of not letting my body or mind lose control, despite the loss of control that surrounds me due to this pandemic,” Hadel said. “I want to come out of this with strength and a new sense of patience. Whether I have a gym to go to or not, I want to continue disciplining myself and taking on the challenges. Staying active at home teaches me to be creative in my own ways and take advantage of my at-home resources.”

Junior Claire Anderson’s pre-quarantine routine consisted of weekly dance classes as her source of exercise. Now, Claire has online dance classes and more time to get exercise than before quarantine.

“I have been doing bike rides and also taking virtual dance classes,” Anderson said. “I started working out because I had extra time, so I thought I might as well try to get in shape. I work out throughout the day whenever I feel like it. If I am in the mood, I’ll just go for a run or find a dance class somewhere online. I am working out pretty much daily at this point.”

Along with students going outside with activities such as biking and running, some are already thinking ahead to fall sports. Lucas Seeley, a junior on the track and field and cross country teams, continues to run in quarantine.

“I’ve been running around 40 miles a week for the past few weeks,” Seeley said. “I also try to do core [exercises] when I can.”
Seeley uses his new time to stay in shape and improve his running endurance. His motivation stems from personal goals and hopes for a good cross country season in the fall.

“My main motivation is trying to get my [running] time low enough to be able to run in college,” Seeley said. “Right now, I’m just focusing on [building] miles. I just do what I feel like, other than one long run a week.”

The World Health Organization recommends “150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week” during self-quarantine. Some tips The World Health Organization has for staying active at home include taking short active breaks during the day, taking advantage of online exercise classes, walking, meditating, eating healthily and staying hydrated.

Here is a sample workout from CNN.com that doesn’t require equipment and is apartment friendly. All you need is a little space and yourself: 10-12 each, 1-3 rounds with 30 sec jumping jacks or high knees in between rounds: Squats, reverse lunge, kneeling pushups, one-arm rows, biceps curls, tricep dips, plank.