We are all acutely aware of the stress and pressure we are experiencing at this unique time. One of the keys to dealing with stress and tension effectively is to exercise, so I thought I would continue on with my series on Exercise Through the Decades. I hope it provides some relief, gives some fresh ideas and makes you smile. Enjoy!

Make sure to check out part 1 and part 2 of the series

2000s Workout

It was the beginning of a new millennium in the 2000s as well as a time of great upheaval with 9/11 and other national crisis. So what did we do to exercise during this impactful decade? The answer is DANCE!

In particular, the dance system Zumba became popular in the 2000s. Zumba combines salsa, tango, bachata and flamenco dance styles with pop music to make for a fun upbeat workout anyone can enjoy.

With shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance there was also a renewed interest in more traditional styles of dance like ballroom, swing and hip-hop.

2010s Workouts

Technically activity trackers like the Fitbit have been around a long time but they became much more popular when in 2014 they began offering a combined website/smart phone feature. Once synced this system allows us to log our food, track steps and set goals for the upcoming week. It’s a technological approach to fitness we never had before and many have enjoyed the service.

One of the most popular aspects of a fitness tracker is the step count figure. By knowing how much we walk each day it becomes easier to set goals and take advantage of little moments of exercise even if we can’t get a more traditional 30 or 40 minutes in for the day.

Now Workouts

While nothing is stopping us in 2020 from going out for a run as long as social distancing is respected; however, since we are all under house arrest during this coronavirus scare many are turning to at home methods to get a good workout.

Whether it is an app or a website there are tons of workouts available for all of us to use right at home. This can be a traditional aerobics routine or a yoga session where all you need is a decent yoga mat.

If you don’t have weights there are other DIY solutions such as using a gallon container of water to get those sets of arm work in or doing push ups to build up strength. It’s a lot of fun coming up with creative solutions in a less than ideal time. Please let us know what you are doing to workout right now!

And don’t forget you can use Zim’s Max Freeze Cooling Liquid to provide relief from sore and tired muscles no matter the decade you are working out in!

So what do you think of the 3 decades of exercise we talked about? How do you think you could apply them to your current routine? What about the series in general? Is there a decade you relate to most? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.