April 2020 Multimedia Jane Willow

The United States now has the highest number of reported cases of COVID-19 in the world, reaching 82,100 cases. This means they have now surpassed China and Italy, leading to more states enforcing self-isolation to slow the spread of the virus. Many people are finding ways to adapt to spending more time at home, including following online workouts and doing bodyweight exercises to stay fit and healthy. For those living on a houseboat, it’s a bit more difficult due to limited space, but there’s always a way around it.

Yoga is ideal on houseboats

Yoga is perfect if you live on a houseboat, as you don’t need a huge amount of space or equipment. Plus, the movement of the water makes the balancing of some yoga poses more difficult, giving you a varied workout each time. Go online and find a yoga class to get you started. You may be able to find yoga workouts specifically for people living on houseboats. as some classes were taking place on boats — both for the views and extra difficulty — prior to the lockdowns. Remember to always start with a warm-up and finish with a cool down to help your body and adjust the difficulty of the poses you’re doing if you need to.

Order some basic equipment 

Now may be the perfect time to invest in some basic equipment that can be used on your houseboat to make it easier to work out. Things like a yoga mat, resistance bands, and some dumbbells are small and can be moved around your houseboat as needed, whilst helping you get a good, varied workout. Gymnastic rings can be fitted in your houseboat and will be out of the way when you’re not using them. They allow you to hundreds of full-body workouts where all muscle groups will be used, leading to a toned, strong body. These types of strength workouts also get your heart rate up, helping to keep your cardiovascular system healthy. Just make sure you get any equipment delivered so that you can stay inside. 

Exercise with your dog

If you have a dog who lives on your houseboat with you, many states are still allowing owners to take them for a walk once a day, as long as social distancing is being practiced. Check what’s being allowed and enforced in your area, but if you can take your dog out it’s an ideal way to get your exercise in for the day too. If you’re used to being active, take your dog for a run so you both get some energy out. Alternatively, if you’re not allowed out at all or you’re self-isolating yourself, play with your dog on your houseboat to keep you both moving, such as a game of tug-of-war a few times a day.

Self-isolation is an inconvenient necessity at the moment, so finding ways to adapt to keep yourself healthy is essential. Lots of regular workouts can be adapted to work in the space you have and there’s plenty of equipment that can be delivered to you.

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