Fitness Stimulus Plan – Sweating Out the Shutdown

Stuck at home? Is cabin-fever starting to set in? Have you reached the end of the internet? Watched everything Netflix has to offer? If you keep cleaning you’re going to rub the paint right off those walls! If this describes you then keep reading…

Don’t forget to take care of yourself!  There are really only two ways to come out of this social distancing experiment; super-ripped or in dire need of a diet. Just because the gym is closed doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit and healthy. 

Over the next few days/weeks Granite Falls is bringing the gym to you. Stay tuned as we blast out a daily fitness regime you can do at home. Even if you have a small space or no equipment there are options to keep your body moving. These workouts will be simple, fun, easy to modify to suit your fitness level and cover a variety of disciplines. From stretching and yoga to cardio and core. Granite Falls has you covered!

Before you start remember to warm up. Generally this involves doing your activity at a slower pace and reduced intensity. Warming up helps prepare your body for aerobic activity. A warm up gradually revs up your cardio vascular system by raising your body temperature and increasing blood flow to your muscles. Warming up may also reduce muscle soreness and reduces risk of injury. 

Also, after each of these sessions remember to cool down and stretch.

Alright. Ready? Let’s do this! A successful stimulus plan always starts at the bottom so, here’s a simple lower body workout you can do at home. No equipment required. 

This set of lower body exercises is suitable for all levels of fitness and is low impact for joint protection. Perform each exercise for 12 reps with a short rest between each exercise. Consider form especially with squats and lunges, keeping weight back from knees and not allowing knees to extend beyond toes. Inhale on down motion, exhale on up motion, keep the chest lifted and head up. Tighten the core and relax the shoulders. Repeat the exercises two to three times depending on your own fitness levels and expectations.

Need more stimulus? Ok! Uncle Sam will provide unlimited stimulus! Here ya go…

This set of exercises is suitable for medium fitness levels and is higher impact so is not recommended for those with joint or muscle injuries.

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds with up to 30 seconds rest, as you get fitter reduce the rest time between exercises. Repeat 2 to 3 times.

Nice work! Don’t forget to cool down or you’ll be sore. And take a shower! You stink! The C.D.C and the W.H.O. recommend you use soap or hand sanitizer. But there is a shortage of hand sanitizer so, don’t use it on your whole body.

See y’all tomorrow


Uncle Sam

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