How to fit in your work out at home.

cleveland work out at home

Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or casual gym goer, the thought of picking up a dumbbell covered in germs is enough to make anyone cringe. And with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) becoming more prominent every day, gyms and fitness centers across the country are closing their doors to help protect members.

If staying active is an important part of your life (as it should be!) you might be wondering how you’re supposed to go about this whole at-home workout thing. Thankfully, it’s easier than you think.

“A lot of what you’ll find with at-home workouts is about maintaining your current level of fitness,” explains exercise physiologist Katie Lawton. “And with workouts, consistency is key.”

Here Lawton shares some practical advice about how to stay active at home.

  1. Find workouts through online videos and apps. The internet is choked full of free workout videos. From yoga, to Zumba, to circuit training that you can do in your backyard. Test out a few workouts to find a series, program or instructor that you like. (Bonus points if you can get other members of your household to join you!)
  2. Walk, run or bike outside. Everyone could use a little fresh air. Hit the pavement in your neighborhood and challenge yourself to walk, run or bike a certain number of minutes or miles. If you’re an experienced fitness buff and you’re really looking to ramp up your heart rate, opt for hills or try a running based HIIT workout.
  3. Focus on body weight movements. Now’s the time to incorporate body weight exercises into your workouts. These tried and true movements include things like pushups, squats, lunges, planks and burpees. They’re convenient, efficient and inexpensive (AKA free). Pick a few different movements and create a circuit workout by completing as many reps of that one movement as possible in one minute. Then rest for a minute and continue on to the next movement and do the same thing. Repeat this for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Order inexpensive fitness equipment online. Things like jump ropes, pull up bars that attach to door frames, suspension trainers and resistance bands are inexpensive items that can pack a punch when it comes to your workouts. Lawton recommends choosing a heavier resistance band and suggests tying the suspension trainer to a tree outside. You could also ask around if other family members or neighbors have old dumbbells or barbells that they no longer use.
  5. Utilize items around your house. Lawton encourages creativity when it comes to working out at home. Run up and down your basement stairs, use a chair for triceps dips or grab cans of soup or a gallon of water as a weight. Even jumping over a shoebox a few times can be a quick burst of cardio.
  6. Get your household involved. If you have kids, chances are they have more energy to burn off than you know what to do with and they’d be thrilled to be involved. Try to incorporate them into your plans to stay active – whether it’s encouraging them to do pushups with you or organizing a backyard obstacle course. Try to walk your dog every day, play tag with your kids or get your whole family involved in a backyard soccer game. Also never underestimate the power of a good dance party! It’s a great way to make memories with your family and burn off some stress and anxiety.

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Runner-Friendly Face Coverings.@WomensRunning

As much as we’d prefer otherwise, wearing facial coverings while running outdoors, at least in well-trafficked spaces, is a reality this fall. The following runner-friendly masks and neck gaiters offer a variety of unique features so you can choose what is best for your particular preferences. 

Masks are only effective when the fit is snug enough that there are no gaps. Face coverings must be secured to prevent the slipping down that often results from the jostling of running. 

As a bonus to doing your part in fighting a pandemic by wearing a reusable, washable face covering, in many cases the manufacturers donate PPE, money, or love as part of the purchase package. That said, please note that these masks are not intended for medical use, but rather for exercise.

Asics Runners’ Face Cover, $40

Woman wearing an Asics face covering
Photo: Asics

The most breathable of the lot, the design by the ASICS Institute of Sports Science concentrates on preventing droplet spread by covering air passages without restricting airflow. The fit provides ample clearance so it doesn’t rub and, thanks to strategic air holes, exhalation is uninhibited, while still restricting moisture droplets in the air. The moisture-wicking inner material is soft on the skin and exterior is water-repellent. The mask is easy to adjust and wear around the neck when not deployed. 

Bedgear Performance Mask, $15

Grey Bedgear facemask
Photo: Bedgear

It makes sense that a bedding and pillow company would produce the softest mask of the bunch. It is also quick drying, features an inner layer with antimicrobial treatment, and is moisture wicking. But due to its triple-layer construction, it falls on the thick side of the scale and, as such, made it relatively hard to breathe through while running.

Black Diamond, $13

Black diamond facemask
Photo: Black Diamond

The simplicity of this mask is what makes it work so well: double-layer cotton with one size that truly does fit most. The lack of adjustability and other snazzy features is surpassed by the mask’s comfort, breathability, and value. 

BlackStrap Civil Facemask $16

Blackstrap civil face mask
Photo: BlackStrap

With a dual-layer barrier, these simple, form-fitting masks are lightweight, breathable, and moisture wicking. The inner layer is an antimicrobial plush mesh and the woven outer shell is protective. The tapered design helped the “one size fits most” be true to the mask’s promotion. The fabrics are domestic and repurposed/upcycled.

Buff Filter Mask, $29

Buff filter mask
Photo: Buff

If being aerodynamic is the objective, this sleek, form-fitting mask tops the list. The mask is both breathable and adjustable to ride securely on the run. It represents the company’s response to so many using the original Buff as a facial covering, and the fact that the brand is headquartered in hard-hit Spain, which is why the Filter Mask incorporates COVID-safe elements, such as the 3-layer filter that meets surgical mask standards. It is built with 4-way stretch cooling fabric that features an antimicrobial interior mesh treatment, is moisture wicking, and comes with five replacement filters that can be used for approximately 24 hours each (if you reserve the mask for the hour of running you do each day, that can last you about four months, or you can order a pack of 30 replacement filters for $22).

Buff Original Neck Gaiter, $20

Black Buff neck gaiter
Photo: Buff

When you are running in a quiet area where crossing paths with humankind is rare, wearing a neck gaiter makes a lot of sense: You can easily pull it up during the passing period and then down when distancing can be maintained. That up-and-down convenience and thin, breathable fabrics are why neck gaiters are often graded down in mask testing for aerosols, when measured indoors. But if you don’t run inside, a seamless Buff, especially if doubled up, with a plush feel, four-way stretch, and moisture-wicking ease, is a worthwhile go-to face covering for runners.

Cotopaxi Teca Cotton Face Mask, $13

Woman wearing blue Cotopaxi facemask
Photo: Cotopaxi

This soft, lightweight, and breathable mask comes with adjustable ear loops and a nose bridge wire so they feel custom-fit. The multi-colored, reversible designs are bright and made from two layers of unused, repurposed surplus 100% cotton fabric. Besides saving unwanted fabrics from becoming waste, for every mask purchased another is given to someone in need. They were a favorite among testers.

Halo Black Mesh Mask with Nanofiber Filter, $35

Black Mesh Mask
Photo: HALO

This mask got major thumbs up from testers. It comes in four different sizes and, with an under-the-chin wrap, nose clip, and adjustable ear loops, it is sure to provide a secure, conforming, and unrestrictive fit. Highly breathable, thanks to the honeycomb outer material, the mask has an inner pocket to slip in a nanotech filter to protect against airborne nastiness. Each replaceable filter is good for 200 hours of use. The soft bamboo lining and antibacterial and hypoallergenic materials help to make this one of the best on the market.

Icebreaker Flexi Chute, $30

Black neck gaiter
Photo: Backcountry

One might think that a 100% merino wool neck gaiter would be hot but, thanks to the thermodynamic qualities of wool, this tube maintained a nice temperature and wicked sweat. Nor did it get stinky. And in cooler temps, the wool provided welcome warmth.

Keen Together Mask, $14 (2 Pack)

White face mask splayed out, against white background.
Photo: REI

Wash and wear; as in wash one while wearing the other. These double-layer cotton canvas masks are slightly boardy and the rigidity has the bonus of providing some breathing room so the mask won’t stick to your face. The ear loops are adjustable and the design contours nicely with the face.

La Sportiva Stratos Mask, $35

Black mask by La Sportiva
Photo: La Sportiva

This is the mack-daddy of masks for its novel construction, versatility, adjustability, and breathability. It boasts Polygiene antimicrobial treatment and an internal Lycra gaiter for added comfort to the nose and chin. The elastic straps are adjustable and do a fine job securing the flexible support frame with an ergonomic, enveloping shape that fits snugly on a variety of face shapes and sizes. The mask comes with 30 replacement filters but, unfortunately, installing and replacing the filters is somewhat wonky, enough so that most users will likely use the mesh outer mask without them, greatly reducing its effectiveness against droplet release.

Mammut Neck Gaiter, $25

Man wearing black neck gaiter
Photo: Mammut

Seamless and stretchy, this quick-drying neck gaiter is well suited for colder-weather runs, when warmth and overall coverage is a plus. It is not a top choice for warmer climes.

Merrow Athletic Mask, $45 (3 Pack)

Striped mask on a woman
Photo: Merrow

These soft, double-layer masks feel cotton-like but are made of moisture-wicking, quick-to-dry fabric. The adjustable strap wraps around the neck so you can let the mask dangle when not in use. Testers, however, found the masks thick enough to compromise breathability, making it difficult to run very hard.

Outdoor Research Essential Face Mask Kit, $20

Woman wearing white face mask, securing it behind her ear
Photo: Outdoor Research

Also a crowd pleaser, Outdoor Research put a lot of thought into these customizable masks with adjustable ear loops, wire nose bridge, and side pockets for securing replaceable paper filters that block more than 95% of virus bacteria and particles. The kit comes with one mask and a three-pack of filters that slide in easily. The durable, comfortable polyester mask fabric is coated with a germ-resistant treatment that is full strength for 30 washes. 

Voormi Everyday Neck Gaiter, $35

Man wearing Voormi facemask
Photo: Voormi

As a hybrid mask and neck gaiter, this washable dual-surface merino wool blended fabric face covering is versatile and comfortable. Unlike other tube-like neck gaiters, Voormi cut down on bulk by integrating ear loops and using a contoured fit that is shorter in the back and longer in the front. The fabric breaths well, is plush, and has natural odor management qualities. 

How to fit in your work out at home.

cleveland work out at home

Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or casual gym goer, the thought of picking up a dumbbell covered in germs is enough to make anyone cringe. And with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) becoming more prominent every day, gyms and fitness centers across the country are closing their doors to help protect members.

If staying active is an important part of your life (as it should be!) you might be wondering how you’re supposed to go about this whole at-home workout thing. Thankfully, it’s easier than you think.

“A lot of what you’ll find with at-home workouts is about maintaining your current level of fitness,” explains exercise physiologist Katie Lawton. “And with workouts, consistency is key.”

Here Lawton shares some practical advice about how to stay active at home.

  1. Find workouts through online videos and apps. The internet is choked full of free workout videos. From yoga, to Zumba, to circuit training that you can do in your backyard. Test out a few workouts to find a series, program or instructor that you like. (Bonus points if you can get other members of your household to join you!)
  2. Walk, run or bike outside. Everyone could use a little fresh air. Hit the pavement in your neighborhood and challenge yourself to walk, run or bike a certain number of minutes or miles. If you’re an experienced fitness buff and you’re really looking to ramp up your heart rate, opt for hills or try a running based HIIT workout.
  3. Focus on body weight movements. Now’s the time to incorporate body weight exercises into your workouts. These tried and true movements include things like pushups, squats, lunges, planks and burpees. They’re convenient, efficient and inexpensive (AKA free). Pick a few different movements and create a circuit workout by completing as many reps of that one movement as possible in one minute. Then rest for a minute and continue on to the next movement and do the same thing. Repeat this for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Order inexpensive fitness equipment online. Things like jump ropes, pull up bars that attach to door frames, suspension trainers and resistance bands are inexpensive items that can pack a punch when it comes to your workouts. Lawton recommends choosing a heavier resistance band and suggests tying the suspension trainer to a tree outside. You could also ask around if other family members or neighbors have old dumbbells or barbells that they no longer use.
  5. Utilize items around your house. Lawton encourages creativity when it comes to working out at home. Run up and down your basement stairs, use a chair for triceps dips or grab cans of soup or a gallon of water as a weight. Even jumping over a shoebox a few times can be a quick burst of cardio.
  6. Get your household involved. If you have kids, chances are they have more energy to burn off than you know what to do with and they’d be thrilled to be involved. Try to incorporate them into your plans to stay active – whether it’s encouraging them to do pushups with you or organizing a backyard obstacle course. Try to walk your dog every day, play tag with your kids or get your whole family involved in a backyard soccer game. Also never underestimate the power of a good dance party! It’s a great way to make memories with your family and burn off some stress and anxiety.

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Physical activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay.

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Answers to your most frequently asked questions as the virus continues to spread.

 

How to fit in your work out at home.

cleveland work out at home

Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or casual gym goer, the thought of picking up a dumbbell covered in germs is enough to make anyone cringe. And with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) becoming more prominent every day, gyms and fitness centers across the country are closing their doors to help protect members.

If staying active is an important part of your life (as it should be!) you might be wondering how you’re supposed to go about this whole at-home workout thing. Thankfully, it’s easier than you think.

“A lot of what you’ll find with at-home workouts is about maintaining your current level of fitness,” explains exercise physiologist Katie Lawton. “And with workouts, consistency is key.”

Here Lawton shares some practical advice about how to stay active at home.

  1. Find workouts through online videos and apps. The internet is choked full of free workout videos. From yoga, to Zumba, to circuit training that you can do in your backyard. Test out a few workouts to find a series, program or instructor that you like. (Bonus points if you can get other members of your household to join you!)
  2. Walk, run or bike outside. Everyone could use a little fresh air. Hit the pavement in your neighborhood and challenge yourself to walk, run or bike a certain number of minutes or miles. If you’re an experienced fitness buff and you’re really looking to ramp up your heart rate, opt for hills or try a running based HIIT workout.
  3. Focus on body weight movements. Now’s the time to incorporate body weight exercises into your workouts. These tried and true movements include things like pushups, squats, lunges, planks and burpees. They’re convenient, efficient and inexpensive (AKA free). Pick a few different movements and create a circuit workout by completing as many reps of that one movement as possible in one minute. Then rest for a minute and continue on to the next movement and do the same thing. Repeat this for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Order inexpensive fitness equipment online. Things like jump ropes, pull up bars that attach to door frames, suspension trainers and resistance bands are inexpensive items that can pack a punch when it comes to your workouts. Lawton recommends choosing a heavier resistance band and suggests tying the suspension trainer to a tree outside. You could also ask around if other family members or neighbors have old dumbbells or barbells that they no longer use.
  5. Utilize items around your house. Lawton encourages creativity when it comes to working out at home. Run up and down your basement stairs, use a chair for triceps dips or grab cans of soup or a gallon of water as a weight. Even jumping over a shoebox a few times can be a quick burst of cardio.
  6. Get your household involved. If you have kids, chances are they have more energy to burn off than you know what to do with and they’d be thrilled to be involved. Try to incorporate them into your plans to stay active – whether it’s encouraging them to do pushups with you or organizing a backyard obstacle course. Try to walk your dog every day, play tag with your kids or get your whole family involved in a backyard soccer game. Also never underestimate the power of a good dance party! It’s a great way to make memories with your family and burn off some stress and anxiety.

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How to fit in your work out at home.

cleveland work out at home

Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or casual gym goer, the thought of picking up a dumbbell covered in germs is enough to make anyone cringe. And with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) becoming more prominent every day, gyms and fitness centers across the country are closing their doors to help protect members.

If staying active is an important part of your life (as it should be!) you might be wondering how you’re supposed to go about this whole at-home workout thing. Thankfully, it’s easier than you think.

“A lot of what you’ll find with at-home workouts is about maintaining your current level of fitness,” explains exercise physiologist Katie Lawton. “And with workouts, consistency is key.”

Here Lawton shares some practical advice about how to stay active at home.

  1. Find workouts through online videos and apps. The internet is choked full of free workout videos. From yoga, to Zumba, to circuit training that you can do in your backyard. Test out a few workouts to find a series, program or instructor that you like. (Bonus points if you can get other members of your household to join you!)
  2. Walk, run or bike outside. Everyone could use a little fresh air. Hit the pavement in your neighborhood and challenge yourself to walk, run or bike a certain number of minutes or miles. If you’re an experienced fitness buff and you’re really looking to ramp up your heart rate, opt for hills or try a running based HIIT workout.
  3. Focus on body weight movements. Now’s the time to incorporate body weight exercises into your workouts. These tried and true movements include things like pushups, squats, lunges, planks and burpees. They’re convenient, efficient and inexpensive (AKA free). Pick a few different movements and create a circuit workout by completing as many reps of that one movement as possible in one minute. Then rest for a minute and continue on to the next movement and do the same thing. Repeat this for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Order inexpensive fitness equipment online. Things like jump ropes, pull up bars that attach to door frames, suspension trainers and resistance bands are inexpensive items that can pack a punch when it comes to your workouts. Lawton recommends choosing a heavier resistance band and suggests tying the suspension trainer to a tree outside. You could also ask around if other family members or neighbors have old dumbbells or barbells that they no longer use.
  5. Utilize items around your house. Lawton encourages creativity when it comes to working out at home. Run up and down your basement stairs, use a chair for triceps dips or grab cans of soup or a gallon of water as a weight. Even jumping over a shoebox a few times can be a quick burst of cardio.
  6. Get your household involved. If you have kids, chances are they have more energy to burn off than you know what to do with and they’d be thrilled to be involved. Try to incorporate them into your plans to stay active – whether it’s encouraging them to do pushups with you or organizing a backyard obstacle course. Try to walk your dog every day, play tag with your kids or get your whole family involved in a backyard soccer game. Also never underestimate the power of a good dance party! It’s a great way to make memories with your family and burn off some stress and anxiety.

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Physical activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay.

Screenshot_2019-11-26 ASICS America ( asics) • Instagram photos and videos

Answers to your most frequently asked questions as the virus continues to spread.

 

How to fit in your work out at home.

cleveland work out at home

Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or casual gym goer, the thought of picking up a dumbbell covered in germs is enough to make anyone cringe. And with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) becoming more prominent every day, gyms and fitness centers across the country are closing their doors to help protect members.

If staying active is an important part of your life (as it should be!) you might be wondering how you’re supposed to go about this whole at-home workout thing. Thankfully, it’s easier than you think.

“A lot of what you’ll find with at-home workouts is about maintaining your current level of fitness,” explains exercise physiologist Katie Lawton. “And with workouts, consistency is key.”

Here Lawton shares some practical advice about how to stay active at home.

  1. Find workouts through online videos and apps. The internet is choked full of free workout videos. From yoga, to Zumba, to circuit training that you can do in your backyard. Test out a few workouts to find a series, program or instructor that you like. (Bonus points if you can get other members of your household to join you!)
  2. Walk, run or bike outside. Everyone could use a little fresh air. Hit the pavement in your neighborhood and challenge yourself to walk, run or bike a certain number of minutes or miles. If you’re an experienced fitness buff and you’re really looking to ramp up your heart rate, opt for hills or try a running based HIIT workout.
  3. Focus on body weight movements. Now’s the time to incorporate body weight exercises into your workouts. These tried and true movements include things like pushups, squats, lunges, planks and burpees. They’re convenient, efficient and inexpensive (AKA free). Pick a few different movements and create a circuit workout by completing as many reps of that one movement as possible in one minute. Then rest for a minute and continue on to the next movement and do the same thing. Repeat this for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Order inexpensive fitness equipment online. Things like jump ropes, pull up bars that attach to door frames, suspension trainers and resistance bands are inexpensive items that can pack a punch when it comes to your workouts. Lawton recommends choosing a heavier resistance band and suggests tying the suspension trainer to a tree outside. You could also ask around if other family members or neighbors have old dumbbells or barbells that they no longer use.
  5. Utilize items around your house. Lawton encourages creativity when it comes to working out at home. Run up and down your basement stairs, use a chair for triceps dips or grab cans of soup or a gallon of water as a weight. Even jumping over a shoebox a few times can be a quick burst of cardio.
  6. Get your household involved. If you have kids, chances are they have more energy to burn off than you know what to do with and they’d be thrilled to be involved. Try to incorporate them into your plans to stay active – whether it’s encouraging them to do pushups with you or organizing a backyard obstacle course. Try to walk your dog every day, play tag with your kids or get your whole family involved in a backyard soccer game. Also never underestimate the power of a good dance party! It’s a great way to make memories with your family and burn off some stress and anxiety.

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