Updated: Mar 31, 2020
Like many others, women over 50 are spending more time at home wondering what we can do to stay active. Luckily, fitness companies are stepping up in a big way to help us stay active while COVID-19 runs its course. Not only is staying active key to our physical health but working out also fortifies our mental health by reducing anxiety, depression and negative mood swings. Additionally, the National Center for Biotechnological Information (NCBI) says that working out can cure symptoms that accompany social withdrawal. Overall, the benefits are endless. It’s time to get creative! Here are some ways to pump it up while we tamper down social contact:
1. The outdoors have not been cancelled!
Use the All Trails App to locate great local trails and power walk through a work out. The app allows you to self-evaluate and pick a provided trail based on your physical ability. The World Health Organization (WHO) tells us you can walk, run or bike ride as long as you stay a healthy distance away from others. However, keep current with your local guidelines.
2. Try a Core Power Yoga Class
This class is amazing! Core Power Yoga is a high intensity, studio workout class that you can customize to any level. You don’t need any yoga experience to benefit from their classes. Core Power Yoga has gone live with Core Power Yoga On Demand saying “This is when we all need yoga most”. The best part about this workout is that you don’t need any equipment and you can try it out in the privacy of your own home.
3. Planet Fitness Facebook Page
Are you familiar with Planet Fitness and their “Judgement Free Zone?”They made it even easier for you to feel comfortable while exercising. Planet Fitness has teamed up with special guests to create daily, amazing 20-minute workouts online for the duration of the quarantine. Go to Planet Fitness’s Facebook page for their live stream. They also keep the workouts posted each day so you extra motivated individuals can do more than one guided workout a day.
4. 305 Fitness Dance Classes
305 Fitness Dance is a studio class with a live DJ. For the time being, they post on their website and YouTube channel free classes everyday at 12pm and 6pm ET. Try one of these high energy, fun classes alone or with your family and fine tune all of your best moves. They’ll prove to be helpful when the clubs open back up so you can impress your friends and mortify your children.
Meditation is not at all intense but it can be a workout for the brain if you are one of those people who just cannot sit still! On days when you’re sore from all of the online fitness classes, give meditation a try. Meditation, yoga or simply just stretching can help alleviate any stress you might be feeling. Be patient because like anything else, meditation takes practice. Meditation will help improve your focus, attention span and self-awareness. These benefits will contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle and it is something you can start today. Find a guided session on YouTube or Spotify to help facilitate mindfulness and deep-breathing. Remember to keep the cell phones away or on airplane mode in order to allow yourself to fully immerse yourself in the session.
If you are looking for some fun and free ways to get your body moving from the comfort of your family room, take advantage of one of these great resources. If you have other great ideas to help women over 50 stay active, let us know! We’d also love to see you in action so send us videos and photos of your workouts to firstname.lastname@example.org join the conversation!