Exercise techniques that helped us stay fit under quarantine

With all the mental burdens of living in 2020 – including the gym doors closing – many find it difficult to get back to their normal exercise class. Here Edge, We tackled this as you expected: with technology that could enable or encourage us to get some activity. These are the gadgets, apps, games and services we used to sweat while staying safe, and which might prove useful if your New Year’s resolution includes exercise.

Beat the saber

I named Beat the saber My favorite game of 2018, but I’ve been hardly behind until Oculus released Quest 2 in October. That first VR. There’s a headset I like to wear, and I’ve used SideQuest to add bootleg custom tracks that support my embarrassingly narrow musical tastes, turning my quest into an almost standalone beat bearing machine. (Am I probably the royalty of and muse and new pornographic photographs or something else? Look, I really like the unofficial expert bitmap of “The Mary Martin Show.” Pro: I remember having a body again. Con: I get stuck in my head every morning. – Adi Robertson

Nike Training Club and Reddit

I’ve been using the Nike Training Club for a while now, but this year I needed it more than ever before its cycle trip disappeared and my step count decreased. Nike’s app provides a collection of workouts based on how many devices you have available, how much time you have, whether you’re after a power or cardio workout and so on. This year, my filters are “Nothing,” “All the time in the world,” and “I’ll take what I can,” respectively.

What I like most is how easy most workouts are, which leaves me free to overcome the boredom of exercise by listening to podcasts while working out. Instead of listening to their instructions as well as the personal trainer’s inspirational tweets, Nike’s app primarily shows simple looping videos of each exercise and frees my mind from wandering. (The app includes more traditional workout videos, but they never clicked with me.)

Earlier in the year, I was able to get a lot out of working as a group with my flatmates. Here, the routine devised by Reddit’s bodyweight fitness community was invaluable. It has strength exercises that you can do with minimal equipment, and each has a different way of letting you adjust to their difficulty. While you don’t need more to get started, we saw the addition of pullup bars, gymnastics rings and resistance bands, which was a relatively affordable way to give us more exercise options. – John Porter


While I usually limit my social media habits to Twitter, one of my initial strategies for staying active at home was collecting home exercise posts with Instagram’s saved posts feature. Fitness instructors have always shared some content on Instagram, but the closure of the gym and fitness studio has brought a wealth of unguided fee-guided workouts into the app. It’s not a Pinterest, but my collection of saved posts allows me to keep simple exercises on hand, and removes one of my many excuses not to move: I barely know what I’m doing when it comes to work. .

As the year draws to a close, I’ve fallen off my Instagram Health Kick, but I still collect and sort exercise posts. Naturally there are fewer physical benefits, but I still find it very soothing. – Ian Campbell

Garmin Phoenix 6x

Phoenix 6 series of multi-sports GPS watches.
Image: Garmin

I know I tempt fate by saying so, but my fitness has improved dramatically during the epidemic. I was driven by boredom and, frankly, fear of death, but also by the Garmin Phoenix 6X Pro Solar Watch. It also helped my local government promote strict stay-home t-home orders instead of promoting safe, socially distance outdoor fitness activities.

Before I started selling fitness gadgets on or before Amazon, I collected a set of adjustable resistance bands I read about. Wirecutter And a luxurious pair of heavy jump rope from the crossroads. In March and April, I worked hard with these things every day while sitting at home. The Garmin watch did a decent job of automatically tracking my pushups and biceps curls, but it was less able to detect other movements, for example, failing miserably to track my crossrope sessions. Crossrop makes an app with a paid membership level, but I found it redundant for my needs. While I’m not quite at the level of a pro box box, I’ve managed to complete a number of jumping skills such as crossovers, doubles and various skips to keep the repetition interesting.

I also did yoga at this time to maintain my sanity and increase flexibility. While the Phoenix can guide you through 6 animated yoga sessions, as a perfect beginner I found it impractical and awkward to keep a peek at my wrist to practice pose mechanics. YouTube is a better living room coach. I completed Cassandra’s 30-day challenge (Adrian is too messy for me) and yoga is now a part of my regular routine.

With the passing of spring I ran out of the streets and parks of the city of Amsterdam to the magnificent tourist free. Garmin watches are excellent here. I’m inspired to run faster and longer using Garmin’s PesPro feature to inject navigation into my Spotify playlist, real-time coaching, and simultaneous navigation in my AirPods Pro earbuds. I soon got into the habit of setting new personal records and lowering my fitness age in competition with my running friends who like to keep an eye on anything else Garmin does.

By summer, I used the Garmin Phoenix 6 to track my kite flying sessions, all-day bike rides, and open water swimming in the ocean. In the fall, I embraced golfing, inspired by Garmin’s super-impressive ability to track every shot played on hundreds of golf courses around the world. The Phoenix 6 putts aren’t accurate enough to track, but they do an amazing job of tracking every shot from tee to green allowing you to measure club performance, score, and see trends after each round.

The Phoenix 6 has proven to be the master jack of all trades and some, prompting me to try new activities like mountain biking to see how it suits. After nine months of intense and uninterrupted use, the watch now says that my fitness age is 20 years. A 53-year-old gadget-filled human trying to carry a virus, I’m proud of it. – Thomas Ricker

Apple Play and Watch, Nintendo Games and Fitboard

Apple Plus Watch Series 6 is compatible with all watch stripes

Apple Pull Watch Series 6.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Edge

When I got the Apple Pal and Watch in November 2019, I didn’t expect two things: the upcoming epidemic, which would make it impossible to go to the gym, and how well the gambling rings system would work on me. The desire to fill every ring every day (which I did, thank you) has made it very little, at least, I walk around my apartment every day and bho and fast.

I also get a find of a Wii Sports Resort at a local sports store, so I don’t have to pay the price of an eBay scalper that started popping up around March (hardcore gamers just didn’t deal with it). It’s not really what I would call a workout, but it’s fun and it meets my wife and I get out of bed. Can I play instead? Beat the saber? Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. It is on the list for 2021, once we find the PC hardware again.

Screenshot of a fitness app with months full of closed rings

Proof. There is a lot from there.
Screenshot by Michelle Clark / The Verge

For Nintendo game Really I offer a leaning workout Ring Fit Adventure. I got him into the most trouble, and immediately repented of it … but pushing me has been rewarding, and I think I’ve really got a workout. It’s not heart-pounding, sweating everywhere I’ve gotten from YouTube. Workout videos or Apple Pull Fitness Plus, but I usually swallow the next day.

After all, while I can’t say “tech” to adjustable dumbbells, I paired mine with an app fitboard, which tracks your workouts and builds sets based on which muscle groups are fresh. Combined with this fact I now have a whole set of weights that can fit in a really small apartment, I train more strength than ever in the gym. – Michelle Clark

What exercise?

Training The monitor At my desk in 2020 was probably my hardest job.

I went epidemic with the best intentions at my disposal and an array of gadgets: a VR headset with exercise games, a motorcycle stand, a really good road bike, a smartwatch, an array of relatively new power tools (leaves) blower, hedge trimmer, pressure washer) then I cleaned the yard Intended to buy.

Instead, I moved on to a whole bed of potatoes for the rest of the year.

I must have used the standing desk feature … twice? I had a few intense VR sessions Pistol whip, Sure, but the standing power wasn’t there, and I’m sure it doesn’t pass Half-life: Alix I never saw a sweat break. Heck, I used the hit tomato tire inflator one by one in the park with my bike to test a wonderful new phone mount. I hit all the leaves in the garden twice, I guess. But if I’m being honest, I’ve probably burned more calories this year than any other activity breaking down a mountain of Amazon cardboard boxes.

There was a good reason I didn’t get all that motivation, though: after years of failed diets, I finally lost a little weight during the asylum. Using a Wi-Fi-equipped smart scale and MyFitness app app, I mentally limit myself to 1,600 per day, tying myself to logging and logging calorie weights in almost a single day every day for many months. I’ve lost 25 pounds, and I’m not hungry anymore! Imagine if I also exercised. – Sean Hollister