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How To Exercise At Home During COVID-19

You don’t need a gym to stay in shape. You can stay home and stay fit during curfew with some creativity and modifications to your current exercise plan.

Being healthy by maintaining a balanced diet and getting enough exercise can help improve your immune system. It can also improve your mental and emotional well being.  

Here are some suggestions of exercises you can do at home by yourself or with your whole family. Creating a daily routine that incorporates physical fitness can have long-lasting health benefits.

 

Yoga

Yoga has many benefits that extend beyond physical fitness. Incorporating mindful breathing techniques and meditative aspects can help to reduce anxiety. You don't need to be fit or flexible to practice yoga, meditation or mindful breathing techniques and these are techniques that can be practiced by your entire family.

Yoga is a great indoor exercise because it requires minimal space and equipment. If you do not have a yoga mat, you can improvise using a beach towel to help cushion your joints for any poses where you need to kneel or lay on hard tiles. Not sure what yoga poses to do? There are numerous online videos for all experience levels and many of these are free. Try out a few different lessons to find one that suits you.

Check out our community page for the latest information on upcoming session from the Department of Tourism.

 

Crossfit

You can do modified Crossfit exercises in your home without gym equipment. Your gym may have some set ‘Workout of the Day’ plans that you can follow at home, you can find some great lists online, or you can make your own workout routine with a list of bodyweight workouts including squats, burpees, pushups, crunches and jumping jacks.

 

Cardio

A good cardio workout can be done in your home without needing too much space. Dance workouts like Zumba, aerobics exercises, and even martial arts exercises like kickboxing can be done in the comfort of your living room. Make sure you clear your area of any potential hazards before you start.

 

Exercises for Kids

If you have children at home, this is a good time to set an example of incorporating daily fitness into your routine. You will likely find that they will join you in your exercises. Keep it fun for them and modify anything too challenging so they can do it too. Your children also need daily exercise. Finding ways to help them burn a little energy throughout the day can help improve their physical and mental health.

 

Can I Exercise Outside?

Outdoor exercise is permitted, whether alone or together with a family member living at the same residence, for no more than an hour and a half between the hours of 5:15 am and 7 pm on Monday through Sunday. 

At such times persons must also maintain a distance of at least six feet or two metres from any other person. When running, this distance should increase to 15 feet in the direction of travel. When cycling this increases to around 60 feet in the direction of travel.

Exercise is not permitted in a public pool, a public gym, or a strata gym.

 

Can I Go for a Swim?

Yes. You can go to beaches in Grand Cayman for the purpose of exercise (and drive to beaches for that purpose only) and to swim on your last name days:

  • A-K Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • L-Z Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

On Sundays, beach access and in-water activities are strictly curtailed for any activity including swimming.

Adults with two separate last name days who live in the same household must still operate by their own last name day.

Swimming in the sea may be done alone, together with other persons who reside within the same household, or together with one other person who is not a member of the same household, provided the person maintains a distance of at least six feet or two metres from any other person. 

At any time, the following are not permitted on beaches and in the waters:

  • No high-speed watercraft are permitted
  • No party boats are permitted
  • No diving is permitted
  • No sunbathing is permitted
  • No picnics or social gatherings are permitted

 

More: Full exercise policy.

 

Tags: COVID-19

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