Workout in Pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic has Changed the Way of Workout

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed every aspect of our lives including – business, lifestyle, health, economy, and workout, says Scott Capelin – fitness expert. It seems that fitness is one of the many industries that experience the hardest hit with the gym closures and social distancing. However, industry experts have looked for ways to weather the storm and grow stronger amidst it all. Fitness enthusiasts have also looked for ways to stay fit and sane at these trying times. This has given birth to different trends that many believe will rock the post-pandemic life.

We ask industry-expert, Scott Capelin, an established entrepreneur and health and fitness guru, sharing his views on workout trends during pandemic.

At-home fitness equipment are experiencing a massive demand

Spawned by the pandemic lockdowns and gym closures, fitness equipment retailers experience a massive sale more than ever. And while things seem to be returning to normalcy and gyms being opened, many consumers are still enjoying the conveniences that workout from home has to offer. Benches, dumbbells, resistance bands are parts of the many equipment homeowners are stocking at home. Fitness brands that are unknown are also brought to the limelight as consumer demands spike to an all-time high. The pandemic has shed more light on how important it is to make health a priority and they are ready to shell out cash on at-home equipment to stay in shape.  

Hybrid experiences becomes the norm

“Before the pandemic, conducting virtual workout classes seems far away into the future. But 2020 has seen an explosion in digital solutions as fitness experts are finding a new way to deliver their services’’, Scott Capelin says.  “I believe that the businesses will incorporate more in-person classes and online classes. Fitness enthusiasts have grown used to the convenience and flexibility that hybrid experience is offering and this isn’t stopping anytime soon,” Scott adds. Brands who didn’t have an online presence a few years ago are now embracing digital solutions and in-person service to provide ultimate experience. You don’t have to drive kilometres to gyms. You can always workout during work break or between zoom meetings. Consumers’ interest and mindset are changing and fitness experts are here for it. 

Bite-sized work out becomes the way out for a busy schedule

For anyone having a hard time going to the gym due to a heavy schedule or couldn’t work out as they like, a bite-sized workout has been the answer to a crazy life schedule. “I am a huge fan of bite-sized workouts and the idea of exercise “snacks” to keep the blood pumping is a good one. Even if it’s only 12 minutes anytime you have the time. Working out smart doesn’t have to be hard, doesn’t have to be in a fancy gym and they definitely don’t have to be long, “Scott Capelin explains. It’s the little things that add up and studies have shown that smaller sessions of exercise are very effective in keeping diseases at bay.

Gyms are coming up with innovative ways of conducting fitness classes outside

Many gyms are going creative in order to ensure safe workout. Some are practicing the highest standard of hygiene putting down safety measures such as hand sanitizing, wearing of masks and social distancing. Others are going creative to ensure fitness classes still remain an enjoyable one. Fitness is being taken beyond the four walls of the gym to outdoors with social distancing still being practiced. Another trend is the use of bubbles to ensure social distancing while exercising outside. “While it might take some time for the pandemic to be over, fitness experts still need to look for ways to keep clients active and healthy in a world that is battling with COVID-19,” Scott Capelin concludes.

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Exercise during COVID-19 Pandemic

Cope with COVID-19 Pandemic Stress using Exercise

According to fitness expert – Scott Capelin, the COVID-19 pandemic no doubt have revolutionized every aspect of our lives whether health, social, mental, economic and every other aspect you could think of. These unprecedented times have got many grappling with uncertainties and fear as the effect of the pandemic’s reality begins to unfold.

Health is in shambles, business tumbles down, job loss, changes in routine, coupled with the lockdown measure that got many to be away from their loved ones. These and many more are what led to the heightened increase in symptoms of anxieties, depression, fears and many other mental problems.

Is there a way out of this? Can exercise help in the management of COVID-19 related stress? Various studies have suggested that people who are actively involved in physical activity are more alert, more mentally resilient and are coping well at this time. Hence, we ask Scott Capelin, a health fitness expert and a booming entrepreneur to shed more light on how we can cope with pandemic stress using exercise. 

Physical activity levels have changed but you shouldn’t be

Ironically, studies have shown that exercise is the last thing many turns to during this pandemic period as compared to the sedentary lifestyle.

‘Considering the conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home order, maintaining consistent physical activity is more difficult than ever’ Scott Capelin says. ‘For many, the schools and office closures mean there are fewer opportunities especially in activities such as sports, active commuting, walking or cycling as transportation and many other leisurely exercises.’

We tend to turn to the sedentary lifestyle even without realizing it. The lockdown and social distancing have made it so much easier to adopt a passive lifestyle. Many will rather adopt passive indoor leisure such as watching TV, being active on social media, or laying around as a way of coping with stress rather than any active leisure like exercise.  It’s not surprising that physical inactivity is taking a toll on the health, and mental well-being of many across the globe.

Gyms might be closed but you can still get a good workout

Well, we understand that the gyms are closed, you don’t have a treadmill or rowing machine at home and unfortunately, you don’t get to see your gym buddy who always motivates you to keep going in your exercise program. But the good news is that you can still get a good workout to keep your body and mental health in good shape. There are many aerobic activities that have proven to improve mood and reduce the symptoms of depression. Kids and adolescents can get involved in moderate to vigorous activities to stay active. ‘As a fitness fanatics, I still involved in high and strength training even in the comfort of my home. No weightlifting, no problem. I sometimes hold heavy items that could work as weights and it could be anything simple like a heavy backpack or box or even my kids,’ Scott Capelin explains. For adults or anyone dealing with other chronic illness, Scott Capelin recommends walking or if possible jugging, cycling or speed-walking. You can jug or take a walk outside so far you are keeping the 6-feet distance from others in order to stay safe.

Exercise still remains the key to coping with stress at this time

While we already know that exercise is good for health, it’s even more important at this period of the pandemic. Our body is made to move and that is why we cannot be healthy without moving. Exercise has proven to reduce stress, fear and anxieties and depression. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, the feel-good hormones that make it a great mood booster and positivity. These and many more are what makes exercising the real deal to stay sane and safe during these trying times. In need of more motivation to involve in physical activity? Many companies and fitness instructors are leveraging online platforms to conduct the exercise and make it more enjoyable says Scott Capelin. Although many things might be beyond our control now, we should still always make exercise and physical activity a priority.

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