Can You Get A Little Bit Better?

April 14, 2020 | coronavirus, Tips and Training

Dev Mishra, M.D.

President, Sideline Sports Doc

Medical Director, Apeiron Life

Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University


April 14, 2020

Key Points:

  • Apps and at-home workouts are an opportunity to improve strength, fitness, and technical aspects of your sport in spite of physical distancing restrictions currently in place

Can you find a way to keep a strong mindset and improve yourself in spite of the physical restrictions all of us are under? We’re all hopeful that by following the physical distancing guidelines currently in place that we can minimize the tragic consequences of the coronavirus. As of today, the strategy seems to be working.

But we likely still have a few weeks of physical distancing ahead of us. I’ve written previously about the opportunity to use this time positively if your circumstances allow. If you have equipment at home perhaps you can improve a technical aspect of your sport, and even if you have no equipment you can build strength and flexibility that should be helpful once we restart sports and group fitness.

One Example From Basketball

Here is a nice example from three sisters in Ohio that are using this time at home to improve technical aspects of their game. They were featured in a recent Wall Street Journal article. They’re using an app called HomeCourt to improve their game. All that’s needed is a hoop and a smartphone.

Using Technology Effectively

What if you don’t have a equipment or access to space needed to practice all aspects of your sport? Well, there’s probably some technical aspect you can improve in limited surroundings.

For example, if you’re a golfer you can probably find a way to putt indoors. Companies such as Blast Motion have apps designed to analyze all aspects of your stroke.

Regardless of the sport there’s likely an app available to help you improve with limited space and limited equipment. If you can’t find an app then get motivated, get creative and come up with your own drills.

All of us can find a way to improve our strength and fitness, even while working out in very limited space in our homes in a short amount of time.

Under Armour through their MyFitnessPal online platform offers excellent tips on mindset, movement, and nutrition in their Through This Together website. They also offer several excellent at-home workouts here.

Some folks will prefer active guidance as a motivator to work out. I’ve always liked Johnson & Johnson’s 7 Minute Workout app, which will guide you efficiently through a full body workout with no added equipment necessary. You might also consider Peloton’s at home workouts, which now come with a 90 day free trial. I love the variety of the workouts and the instructors are outstanding.

From zero cost and zero equipment through subscription services, there’s going to be something that will work for you.

Stay focused on your health, look out for each other.

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