- March 22, 2020
To keep the motivation flowing during these difficult times where you may be feeling cooped up at home, Workouts From Home offers advice and workout ideas from our athletes and ambassadors. Have your own tips? Share your ideas and workouts with us on social.
We caught up with Jaybird Ambassador and fitness fanatic Abhish Desai (@thedesailifestyle) to get his tips for staying fit, healthy, and motivated while you’re confined to the great indoors.
How are you keeping up with staying healthy and training/working out in the midst of social distancing and working from home?
The first thing I do when I wake up is eat and do any chores. This way not only do I not get a chance to be lazy, I also get some time in between my first meal and my workout to get my blood flowing. Once I feel like I am ready, I do a long bodyweight-only workout. I choose 20-30 different exercises and do 1-2 sets each. This way I don’t get bored and my body is exposed to a large variety of movements every day. This comes in handy especially as we don’t move around too much being at home all day. I also plan my meals out and I make sure to only eat that much. I try not to eat or snack just out of boredom. If I feel the urge of snacking coming, I go and drink a glass or two of water, which helps control my appetite.
How important is it to you to continue pushing yourself physically (and mentally) through these current challenges?
Once this is all over, I want to hit the ground running. This is a time when a lot of people will take for granted the time at home and use it to be lazy and sit around not doing much. This takes a toll coming out of it because you are less motivated when you have to start working and pushing yourself again. So going into every day we are stuck at home with the mentality that I need to maintain my level of work ethic as much as possible is vital. This allows me to mentally be ready for whatever may happen next, and once I’m able to get back out there, I am ready to keep progressing.
Even with all of the social distancing, how are you making sure you’re still connecting with people?
I’m an extrovert and am very outgoing so if I don’t connect with people and share ideas and knowledge and so on, I don’t feel like myself. And even though I keep my circle small, I make sure I talk to each and every single person through the week, make sure they are ok, motivate them or be motivated by them to keep moving, and just have fun. A great way to stay connected is to create challenges with friends and family that keep all of you engaged with each other. So my friends and I have created a group where we pass around exercises everyday and keep each other accountable. This allows us to stay in touch, have fun, and keep the tension light.
ABHISH’S INTERMEDIATE WORKOUT OF THE DAY:
DO EACH EXERCISE FOR 40 SECONDS, WITH 20 SECONDS OFF BETWEEN. DO FIVE ROUNDS.