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The COVID-19 pandemic had an immense impact on many businesses starting March 2020. Everything from movie theaters, malls, nail and hair salons, restaurants and gyms are forced to close. Even though more restrictions are beginning to get lifted, the one thing that seems to have trouble staying open is gyms.

For about a month back in June, gyms were allowed to reopen. According to Health Day, gyms have many areas where germs, viruses and fungus can linger year-round. Even if they were allowed to open, would you want to attend knowing the coronavirus could potentially be sitting on the handlebars of the elliptical machine?

If you want to permanently ditch the gym, even after they finally reopen, here’s how to exercise at home.

SAFETY

If you are going to choose to workout at home, make sure you do it in a safe way. Find a comfortable room. Make sure to move any furniture out of the way, so that you have enough room to move around. Also, make sure there aren’t any tripping hazards around you.

It’s more effective to use a mat if you are going to work out in a room with hard floors. This could help you exercise more comfortably and prevent injuries. If you are unsure which floor mat to purchase, Bustle wrote about five of the best exercise mats.

EQUIPMENT

There are a variety of exercise equipment to purchase and use at home. Dumbbells are good to have but are hard to come by since the beginning of the pandemic. You can also DIY dumbbells by filling up empty water bottles with sand. Sand can be purchased at a local hardware store, or purchase unused cat litter as an alternative.

If you have high ceilings or an area outdoors, you can also purchase a jump rope. Insider posted about five benefits of jump roping. According to the article, celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels, jumping rope burns more calories than jogging, cycling and swimming. The other benefits of jumping rope are improving coordination, reducing injury and improving heart health. Jump ropes can be purchased for under $10 and are easy to find

The hula hoop is another piece of exercise equipment that has benefits that you can easily find. Healthline posted eight reasons to give the hula hoop a try. Healthline states that hula hooping also burns calories as well as challenging your core muscles and improving balance. Plus hula hoops are fun and can also be found for under $10.

EXERCISE MOVES

If you don’t want to buy or use any equipment, there are plenty of moves you can perform. Jogging in place, jumping jacks, burpees, high knees and cardio kickboxing are examples of cardio moves you can perform without equipment. There are also plenty of low impact exercises to enjoy. Instead of jumping jacks, you can just step side to side. You can also walk in place or around your house. Other low impact moves are squats, lunges arm circles and stepping side to side.

If you run out of ideas or need some more motivation before the gyms reopen, you can always search YouTube. There are many fitness professionals that offer a variety of different exercise workouts for free.

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