A Lifestyle Guide for Men: How to Be Physically Active amid the Pandemic

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The COVID-19 crisis has led to pandemic restrictions like stay-at-home orders and restricted movements. The home isolation and social distancing outdoors can make you physically dormant. Chances are you get stuck at home and hooked online to kill your time and boredom.

As a man into physical fitness, the pandemic can be a challenge for you. You may haven’t been able to hit the gym, play your sports, perform marathons, or pursue other physical activity. As a result, the pandemic has taken a toll on your physical health, mental state, and overall well-being.

Fret not, as there are practical ways to stay physically active in the comfort of your own home. That said, here are six forms of physical activity that you can pursue during the pandemic:

1. Performing Home Workout

If fitness centres haven’t yet reopened in your locality or you choose not to compromise your health, there’s another viable option. Bring your gym into your house!

Yes, you can set up a home gym and invest in exercise tools and equipment. You can even install a workout bar for your calisthenics. Even if you don’t have weights, you can perform home exercises like a jumping jack, push-ups, curl-ups, planking, and squat. Ultimately, no one can stop a physically active man, not even a pandemic.

2. Engaging in Sports with Kids

As the head of the family, it’s a good idea to encourage your children to be physically active. Instead of letting them get hooked on their mobile phones, play sports instead. It’s good if you have a vast yard, as your family can engage in different types of sports.

For one, you can install a ring and play basketball with your children outside of your house. Also, you can buy rackets and shuttlecocks for playing badminton. Lastly, you can purchase a ball and play volleyball with your kids and spouse. These are just a few sports your family can get into during the pandemic.

3. Doing Household Chores

Your home might have already been messy and filthy as every family member has been busy and preoccupied. But during the pandemic, it is time to do some household chores and maintain the house. Get rid of the dirt and clutter, and keep your house spick and span.

That said, be sure to delegate tasks and ask every family member to participate. In fact, it is best to clean and disinfect the house regularly during the pandemic. Doing so ensures that your house is free of the novel coronavirus. Not only do these household chores make you physically active, but they will also promote health and safety at home.

4. Pursuing Home Remodelling Projects

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Apart from having home maintenance, the pandemic is the best time to pursue a home renovation project. This can go from the simplest to the most complex one. You can hire a contractor to remodel your kitchen, transform your bathroom, and repair your garage roller doors.

However, it’s best to perform DIY home improvement projects like installing cabinetry, having open shelving, and repainting your house exterior. The latter can make you physically active during the pandemic.

5. Tackling Tradesman Works

Aside from home remodeling projects, there are tradesman works you can pursue. These include the inspection, maintenance, and repair of your house systems like plumbing, electrical, as well as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Sure, you may leave it to the experts like professional electricians, plumbers, and HVAC contractors.

But if you have the knowledge, skills, and expertise, you can do the jobs themselves. That said, go ahead and fix your electrical wiring, address water leaks, replace your air filters, and update your furnace. All these forms of physical activity will make you toil and sweat out during the pandemic.

6. Taking on Landscaping Projects

The last on the list is to go beyond your home—that is, to undertake landscaping projects. Yes, it’s about time to improve your outdoor space and kick your property’s curb appeal up a notch. Leave the outdoor gardening and lawn care to your spouse.

However, you can tackle the construction of hardscape structures. Consider installing a patio, deck, walkway, driveway, retaining walls, and even a water fountain. These forms of physical activity will make you physically active amid the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t have to stop you from staying physically active. All it takes is to have a home workout, play sports with your kids, and even do household chores. You can also engage in home remodeling, tradesman works, and landscaping projects. All these will not only make your physically active and healthy but will also make you productive.

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