5 Mental Health Tips for the New Year
Five ways to prioritize your mental health as we continue to navigate uncertainty and the COVID-19 pandemic. The start of the year is often seen ...
By THEA RACHEL ZUNICK, Ed.D.
Community Engagement Manager at The Jed Foundation
The world may seem as though it’s upside down right now, and it’s not because you are hanging from your gym’s pull up rings by your feet (though you probably wish you could do that right now). While we are in the midst of navigating the changes brought on by COVID-19, we tend to look for things that connect us to how things were before the pandemic. Many people have turned to fitness, as it benefits not only the body, but the mind and soul too.
Shifting your usual fitness routine to an at-home workout is more than just doing the same exercises you did at the gym and calling it a day. And for those of you using this as an opportunity to kick start your workout regimen, welcome! This is a great time to focus on fitness.
When adapting your workouts to your home environment, think about your space, equipment needs, and ways to create that sense of community, especially if you are someone who needs that motivation. It’s also important to make sure you are properly nourishing your body as you adjust to your new routine.
Movement and fitness have always been integral parts of my life. Growing up, dance and exercise became even more important to me as it was a chance to connect with others who shared a similar passion and focus on mastering the technique. As an adult, when things become overwhelming in life, I began to lift weights and soon found community and focus in Crossfit. Nothing else mattered in the word when you were lifting your own body weight over your head. Whatever fitness looks like for you, it can be a powerful way to stay active and take time out of your daily stressors to focus on your own mental health.
How have I been maintaining a workout routine while staying at home? Here are some tips that I have put together to help you through your commitment to functional at home fitness.
While this is not an exhaustive list of tips and resources to make your at home fitness journey more functional, hopefully it can get you started or help you to pivot your efforts so that you are getting the most out of your activities. I hope to inspire and motivate while giving space to make permission for you to do the best that you can. While no one can win quarantining, you can feel good about your fitness and nutrition efforts. Remember, every workout you do is one more than you did the day before. Now go get it!
Fitness Resources & Membership Options
Live virtual H.I.I.T. + Yoga + CrossFit Classes Daily – Crossfit Rittenhouse
Crossfit WODs – CrossFit
Cardio – Peleton 90 Day Free Trial
Total Body Workouts – Centr App
At Home Workouts – Orange Theory
Bar Workouts – Barre Fitness
Live Boxing on Instagram- Rumble
Live Dance Cardio Workouts @ 12pm and 6pm ET – 305 Fitness
2 Month Free Trial of Yoga – Do Yoga With Me
Tabata and H.I.I.T – Pop Sugar Fitness
Thank you to the following contributors:
A thank you for the input and advice goes to my good friends and coaches Vanessa Checchio, personal trainer, co-host of The Get Podcast and the creator and owner of Bachata & Barbells, and Maria Terry, dietetic intern at Tulane University, School of Public Health and tropical medicine and nutrition coach for Crossfit Rittenhouse in Philadelphia, PA (@vitamin_ri ).
Thea Zunick, Ed.D. is the Manager of Community Engagement for JED. She has 15 years of experience in higher education, volunteer engagement, social justice, wellness initiatives, and training and development prior to joining The Jed Foundation. Thea earned an A.A. from Middlesex County College, a B.A in Psychology and Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey, an M.Ed. in Student Personnel in Higher Education from University of Florida, and an Ed.D. in the Design of Learning Environments from Rutgers University. She is a former collegiate cheerleading coach, dance instructor, Zumba instructor, and has toured with Nickelodeon as a professional dancer and actor prior to starting her career in higher education and non-profit.
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