How to stay fit, healthy and calm during the lockdown

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These are among the fitness apps to get you moving at home

If there’s one thing we can say about the lockdown, it’s that it has been very distressing indeed. Our workout routine has gone out of the window, our mental health has taken a beating as has, perhaps, our general wellness too. If you’ve been staring at your weighing scale with some level of dismay, have been sleeping fretfully, or have been falling ill tad more regularly, you can safely ascribe some part of it to the pandemic through which we are living and the seemingly endless lockdown in the midst of which we have found ourselves. Which is why it is more crucial than ever to not just stay fit but also healthy and well. With that in mind, here are some of the best fitness and wellness apps available in India:

1. Cure Fit

The app that serves as a booking window to the gym chain Cult Fit is also a very nifty app in the times of a global pandemic and a national lockdown. There are workout sessions every 30 minutes on the app starting from 5 am all the way to 11 pm so you don’t really have an excuse to not start working out. The workout sessions range from 30 minutes to 60 minutes and cater to all difficulty levels – starting from beginners to advanced and professional. The app has a desktop version that runs on all standard browsers so you can watch your instructions on your laptop or stream the class on a big-screen television.

2. Wakeout

If you’re the kinds who doesn’t just hate working out but uses your tiny living space as an excuse, Wakeout is the app for you. What the app does is uses the things around you to help you squeeze in some exercise, which is what you need during the lockdown, don’t you agree? The exercises included in the app are really basic – think dancing in the kitchen or push-ups at your desk etc. As it turns out, you don’t need a lot of space to get your workout!

3. Fitbit

If you own a Fitbit device, you’ve likely been using the app as just something that helps you keep track of the calories burnt, steps taken, floors climbed etc. But in these strange and difficult times, you’ll realise that the Fitbit community is a great place to lean on to get some fitspiration. Following the pandemic and global lockdown, Fitbit is also offering a 90 day-free trial of Fitbit Premium which helps you unlock video workouts, guided mediations and nutrition programmes among other things.

4. YouTube

Yes, YouTube! The video-sharing app is perhaps the unlikeliest place you’d go looking for fitness content but that’s where most of the free workout videos exist, don’t they? You don’t need a premium subscription, all you need is a bit of research to find out which Youtuber is offering the best workouts for your needs. Once you do that, simply subscribe to their channel and follow their videos. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?

5. Calm

While staying physically fit is important, it is also crucial to pay attention to your mental health. Which is what brings us to Calm, the top-rated meditation app that starts at the very basic level, teaching its users how to meditate and helps them build it into a habit. Calm also has several other features such as Sleep Stories that helps you with your sleep-related issues. And if you’re prone to bouts of anxiety, the Emergency Calm section is known to be helpful too.