When quarantine started in March I knew that I needed to develop an exercise plan in order to stay in shape during this time. The week before the government imposed quarantine started while distance learning had just begun, I set a goal for me to exercise every day. Before COVID-19 I was trying out for the SAISA girls basketball team and throughout the year I usually train after school with a sports team.
The week before the quarantine was imposed, I went for a run every evening on a running track near to my house. I found it much easier to motivate myself to go for a run when I ran with someone else, for example, my dad or a friend. However, once the quarantine was imposed and we were not allowed to leave the house, I had to get creative with my individual home workouts. Another challenge was staying interested and motivated to exercise by myself. In order to keep my workouts interesting, I switched up the workouts that I would follow every day. I used workouts from the Nike Training Club App, ones I found on Youtube, and some that Mr. Turner shared with us.
After the first month of quarantine, I found another way to stay active and get some fresh air by running on the back roads by my house. I found that the lane I live on creates a loop that is almost exactly 400m, as shown in the map on the right. Usually, I run continuously ten times around the loop in order to run a 4k. I live on the top of a pretty steep hill, making the run even more challenging since I have to run up the hill every time I got around the loop. I also like to end the workout with a couple sprints up the hill for an extra challenge. After I catch my breath, I still like to do some type of strength workout targeting specific muscles, such as an ab workout. After every time I workout I try to stretch to prevent injury as well as to improve my flexibility. Then after the running track near my house opened back up, I instead ran on the dirt track instead of the back roads.
Even though it was challenging to find the motivation to workout on some days, I persevered, and so far I have accomplished my goal by I have exercised every day, except for the one day I allowed myself to have a rest day—my birthday.