Don’t Let Covid-19 Be the New Freshman-15!


Nhi Nguyen

Stay fit today during COVID

With this pandemic, many are still staying inside homes practicing social distancing. As a result, we are not staying active, but either doing homework, playing video games, or binging on shows. This inactivity of the physical body results in nothing but a decrease in our health. 30% of the world population is already obese or overweight; prevent these rates from increasing even higher. Don’t let the Covid-19 be the  new Freshman-15!


 Any type of exercise is better than sitting inside snacking while watching a movie. In order to achieve a goal, you have to at least start somewhere. Easy exercises like walks or even stretches can burn calories. Walks can be done around your neighborhood, or even parks while remaining 6 ft away from others; while stretches can be done at home. Starting with these achievable exercises allow you to feel success instead of defeat.


On the other hand, if you were looking for an intense exercise in order to burn fat quickly during quarantine, rigorous exercises like running or H.I.I.T workouts are also attainable. Running can burn more than twice the amount of calories than walking. H.I.I.T is a type of workout that yields the same results as other exercises but in a shorter time span. These include exercises like burpees, high knees, and mountain climbers. These exercises can be done at home while running can be done in your neighborhood, or at a track.


Don’t worry if you haven’t seen an exercise that speaks out to you yet! Like people, exercise comes in all types of forms. Some are in between, -not too simple, not too hard-. These classic activities include, biking, light jogging, yoga, simple sports that get your heart rate up, jump-roping, and many more. These exercises will keep you from becoming overweight, but to actually burn fat, it is asked that you do any type of exercise that increases your heart rate to 110+ and to hold it for 15-20 minutes. 


Just because this pandemic has limited many things like close schools, decrease in businesses, and delaying of many schedules, one of the few things that we actually have control over during this time is our body’s fitness. We have the ability to get out and to move to prevent yet another, but preventable pandemic: obesity.

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