Day 4: Keeping the Body Active
Long before my quarantine period began three days ago, I had been anticipating the need to find things to do while I would be stuck in one place for fourteen days straight. Of course, finding things to keep my mind busy was very high on my list of priorities. But another thing that was high on my list of priorities was how I would keep my body active. Usually, in my regular life outside of these confines, I go to the gym four or five days per week. I usually do a mix of cardio and weightlifting, with more time being spent on weightlifting than cardio. When you are able to live your normal life with access to your local gym, you tend to take access to all of that gym equipment for granted. But when you find yourself in a situation such as my current one, it really makes you realize how spoiled you can be for relying on such things to keep your body in shape.
Being stuck in this one room in my quarantine facility demands that I think outside of the box in order to devise much more practical ways to exercise all of the muscles that I typically exercise while at my gym. Naturally, this situation calls for bodyweight exercises. Luckily, I had already had a series of exercises that I did in the past during times that I was stuck at home and unable to make it to the gym. Before beginning my quarantine, I devised an effective workout regimen that would allow me to work out all of the muscles that I tend to focus on while I am in the gym.
Without access to anything compact and heavy enough to serve effectively as weights for exercising, the best option that I have for such a purpose is a two-liter bottle of water. Using the water, I can do front and lateral raises to work out my shoulders. A variety of push ups in different positions works out my chest. Using the water I can also perform bicep curls for my biceps and tricep kickbacks and tricep extensions for my triceps. A variety of crunches in different positions, planks, and standing knee raises all serve to work out my core. Supermans and Superman leg stretches work out my lower back. Using the water for one arm rows works out my upper back. And finally, the standing knee raises and sit squats work out my legs. Quite an effective work out routine considering I really only have something like the two-liter bottle of water to serve as a weight as well as my my own body weight to perform all of these exercises.
I already began performing some of these exercises yesterday throughout the course of my day while working on my computer. Those exercises that I did not do yesterday I performed today to get a well-rounded workout over the course of these two days. Tomorrow I will attempt to perform all of these exercises and see how effective that two-liter bottle of water can really be. All of this exercise is quite necessary because, as I have stated in previous articles and as can be seen in my daily pictures, my daily routine is punctuated by a regular three meals as well as some snacks. If all I did was sit around eating this food without any exercise, I would most likely gain some weight while completing this quarantine period. It is my hope that at the very least, while I am stuck in this room alone, I can maintain my weight from before the quarantine period or hopefully lose some weight and come out of this thing a bit lighter than when I entered.