The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a new way of life, with social distancing and self-isolation restrictions enforced upon all Australians to help slow the spread. While restrictions are beginning to ease, it is still encouraged to stay home unless it is essential to leave. Staying physically active is very important to maintaining good health, both physically and mentally, so how can you do that at home? At Commercial Netmakers, we are Perth’s leading supplier of sports net solutions and can custom make and install soccer netting, tennis nets and other sports nets for any application. Don’t let isolation get the better of your fitness routine. Here’s a few ways you can stay active at home until life is back to normal.
Make an Obstacle Course
Obstacle racing is a sport in which you must overcome various physical challenges. Obstacles can include climbing over walls, carrying heavy objects, traversing bodies of water, crawling under fences, and jumping through hoops. While you may not be able to do all these obstacles in your own home, you can easily adapt this concept to suit your backyard. Using household items such as chairs, books, bags of potatoes as well as sports equipment such as basketballs, skipping ropes, soccer nets and hula hopes you can easily turn your yard into a course to rival tough mudder. Set up stations, pull out a stop watch and challenge the whole family to see who is the fastest. Physical fitness and fun for the whole family.
Turn Your Backyard into A Sporting Venue
Set up a game of backyard cricket, play basketball, frisbee, throw and catch balls, jump on the trampoline, kick a football or set up soccer netting to practise your goal kicking – there’s so many ways to turn your yard into a sporting field, even with limited space. Playing sports is a great way of staying fit and active and while you may not be able to play in big teams and set up a full size court or field, whether you have a large grassy patch or a small paved area, there’s so many options to have a game of any sport you choose. A great way to fill in time while getting your heart rate up and connecting with your family or house mates.
Use your Stairs
Using the stairs is a highly effective way to maintain fitness. If you have a double story house or even just a few stairs off an outdoor deck, as little as three 20-second fast stair climbs a day can improve fitness in just a few weeks. If you live in an apartment, avoid uncomfortable lift encounters with other self-isolating neighbours by using the staircase for any necessary outdoor journeys. Just take care to avoid contact with handrails. Stairs offer great fitness, strength and conditioning opportunities and the best part is they are entirely free to use.
Stretching and Yoga
Practising yoga or doing regular stretching style movement will help avoid stiff joints and maintain good blood circulation as well as help to improve heart health and reduce risk factors for heart disease. Gentle on the body and easy to do no matter your age or fitness level, it also helps to reduce stress and anxiety, which let’s face it, most of us are feeling at the moment. Whether you choose to do a series of simple stretches or a guided yoga routine, activity like this can have significant impact on your short and long term mental and physical health.
It seems as though COVID-19 restrictions are easing all over Australia, however it’s still a great idea to keep up some in-home physical activity to keep ourselves in the best shape possible, ensuring a fit and healthy mind and body to fight off coughs, colds or Coronavirus this coming winter. At Commercial Netmakers, we can custom make netting solutions for commercial and residential properties, turning any space into a sports venue or fitness facility with cargo nets for climbing, soccer netting, basketball nets and more. For information or for a free quotation get in touch with our team today on (08) 9434 6000 or contact us online.