Fitness and Focus

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I know what you’re thinking – when will restaurants and bars reopen? What about movie theaters? Parks? The beach? I also know what you’re most likely doing right now – nothing.

How do I know this? Because that’s me. Even when I’m doing something I feel like I’m not getting anything done and I’d bet that’s most of us, at least to some degree or another. The farther I feel from a gym, the closer I find myself to the couch and though a lot has changed that’s out of our hands, there are still many things within our control. And while I long for the beach I’m beginning to question whether or not I’ll be able to make it to the waves without having to catch my breath before I can even see the shore.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you when we might return to social “norms”; but what I can tell you is that thankfully there are almost as many home workout options as there are Netflix categories. So, for those of you looking to counter a steady diet of ice cream and tiger king while awaiting the re-release of your social lives, you’ll find the return to exercise even easier with the help of some really great home workout options. No matter your body type, personal goals, or motivation there is a regimen for everyone and it’s literally right at your fingertips.

Let’s start with my personal favorite, the Nike Training Club. I’m a little biased, but only because it works. It’s free, easy to use, and offers a huge variety of workout options to fit your mood, goals, or both. They offer trainer-led programs and even brought in some of the marquee athletes to issue their own workouts and fitness challenges. You’re covered all the way from professional athlete abs or Olympic gymnast flexibility down to morning yoga and mid-day stretches. This is basically Nike screaming at you to “just do it” when it comes to exercise.

If you’re a fan of Nike and have the space and, let’s be honest, the desire to run, try the Nike Run Club. It has a similar look and feel to the Training Club app but it’s geared, obviously, towards running. The same principles apply, offering a variety of running techniques, speeds, distances, and challenges. Or if you’d rather just lace ‘em up and hit the pavement, they’re ready for that too. Although we can’t recommend running in groups, there are seemingly endless guided running options for every skill or fitness level to keep you company on the road or the treadmill, allowing you to maintain social distancing while staying motivated.

Next up: yoga! I’ve never been anything near a yoga connoisseur but the benefits are undeniable. Besides, after a hard workout or run you need to change it up and I know I could certainly improve my flexibility and add another dimension to my overall health and well-being. While some other apps may offer yoga practices, Down Dog focuses solely on your practice and tailors it specifically to you. I mean literally set the type of practice, the length of your session, your level and intensity and Down Dog curates a practice to your specifications. For the advanced or the beginner, like me, this is a fantastic practice tool.

Some other quick hits if you’re just looking to shred a few pounds, tone up certain areas, or finally crack that six pack? Chloe Ting offers quick workout episodes and 2-week challenges to help you maintain or reach your fitness goals. Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor, the god of lightning and Thunder, has created a fitness app based on his own workout routine called Centr. His regimen centers (see what I did there) on his three keys of training, eating, and living better. Hell, Zac Efron just released the bodyweight-only workout he used to prepare for his role ‘Baywatch.’

And don’t forget about your mental health either. If you want to start or end the day with a little meditation, soothe away any stresses, or get more restful sleep, which you should, I’d recommend Calm for all of the above.

Times may be tough but healthy should always be a top priority. If you get bored with any of these go ahead and make up your own workouts. Spell your name in fitness challenges or shuffle a deck of cards for reps. The important thing is to stay focused. Get creative, have fun, and keep your body and mind fit.

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