If you love sports, particularly the NBA, you might have found the last year pretty frustrating. After all, the coronavirus pandemic has stopped sports fans around the world from enjoying live basketball and other sports - even the Olympic Games were canceled in 2020. This necessary closure of most stadiums has been important for saving lives, but there’s no doubt it has cast a dark cloud over sports this year.
As an NBA fan, you will be aware of the effect this has had on your happiness and even your mental health. Sports are cathartic, healthy activities that, even though we can still watch them on TV, we have all missed very badly this year, right?
Although the coronavirus vaccination is being rolled out around the world, the pandemic isn’t over yet. It looks like this virus will affect us for months to come, so we need to find alternatives to our regular routines while it’s still going on. If you are still quarantining, here are five lockdown activities for sports fans to feel more connected to what you love!
1. Install A Basketball Hoop In Your Backyard
One of the easiest ways to get a taste of basketball if you miss it, is to install a basketball hoop in your backyard. This is a cost-effective way to get close to the sport you love and keep fit. No matter if you live alone or with a large family or group of friends, throwing a ball around is great fun and bound to lift your spirits.
Even if you have a small yard, you can install a hoop that works out for you. Either attach it to the side of your house or apartment, or buy a stand-alone hoop that can be moved around the yard or put away in a garage for safe keeping. That way, you don’t have to worry about the hoop obstructing other things in your garden, or posing a hazard to kids or pets by being in the way.
Installing a hoop in the backyard is one of the cheapest, easiest ways to stay fit without doing endless, boring home HIIT workouts day after day. Basketball is great for…
- Cardiovascular fitness. Running, twisting and jumping motions are all great for raising your heart rate and improving your cardio. Even in a small yard, you’ll find your heart rate rising while you improve your b-ball skills.
- Muscle tone. Of course, basketball is awesome for toning your quads, glutes, arms and ab muscles. Want to emerge from lockdown a more svelte version of yourself? Get started with regular basketball practice.
- Improving your skills of course! If you used to regularly play with friends or family but can’t right now, installing a hoop in your backyard helps you stay on top of your game. When you are allowed to play together again, you’ll be right where you want to be with your game!
2. Follow An Athlete’s Workout Regime
One way to achieve greater fitness goals and get immersed in sport is to follow an athlete’s workout regime. This might be unachievable to follow daily - those guys have quite extreme routines, understandably - but you could try following their advice or guided workouts to whatever degree suits you.
Of course, it is crucial to be reasonable about the workouts you follow. It is unlikely you will be able to lift the same weights or run the same distance as a pro, so make sure to adjust the workout accordingly to your ability level to avoid injuries.
Here are a couple of athletes who publish their workouts, and how to follow them.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
The Rock, a former champion wrestler turned actor, is famous for his huge muscles and killer workouts. Via his YouTube channel, The Rock allows you into his home gym, where you can follow his most powerful workouts. While most of us can’t lift the same weights as The Rock, the tenacity and structure of his workouts can help anybody feel motivated to work out.
NBA players John Wall, Donovan Mitchell and others have gone public with their off-season workout regimes. This is a great way to connect with the workout regimes of the best in the business. Athletes give us motivation to create the lives we want for ourselves, starting with taking care of the mind and body on a daily basis. If you need motivation to get off the couch today, check out NBA player workouts for a dose of power and determination!
UK world record sprinter Usain Bolt is known for his lightning speed on the track, but of course, there are many more aspects to his regime than simply running. Usain Bolt can be found on YouTube completing strength workouts, proving that all-round fitness is essential for any specialist sportsman to be successful.
3. Invest In High-Quality Equipment
If you are looking to build your home gym or simply start collecting fitness gear over time as your budget allows, it is vital to invest in high-quality equipment.
Low-quality fitness equipment such as bikes, weights, treadmills, sports shoes or other essentials, will more likely result in you having to re-purchase the item sooner. This works out as being more expensive in the long run.
In addition to a low value for money, bad quality equipment is also more likely to result in you being injured. Equipment that can easily crack, break, malfunction or simply protect you inadequately can be dangerous, especially when you are pushing yourself to high levels of fitness.
Searching for high-quality equipment online takes some practice. For example, if you are searching for a baseball pitching machine, where do you begin to find the right product that will last a long time and work perfectly?
Here are a few ways to shop for quality sports equipment online.
- Look at reviews. The number one easiest way to find out if a piece of equipment is worth buying is to look at reviews online. Don’t just look at reviews on the seller site - sometimes companies compensate buyers in exchange for positive reviews - but search on sites like TrustPilot too.
- Check the warranty. High-quality gym equipment will have a guarantee of multiple years. If the item you are buying doesn’t offer this, this is usually a red flag.
- See if the equipment is recommended by professionals. If a professional athlete uses this equipment, that’s generally a good sign.
4. Take The Time To Research The History And Legacy Of Your Favorite Sport
If you are already doing all you can to stay fit during the lockdown, you might want a more relaxed activity to try while staying in touch with your favorite sport.
One way of doing this is taking the time to research the history and development of your favorite sport or team. You will be amazed at how much you didn’t know about this area and will return to the sport with a fresh perspective, respect and understanding of the amazing game.
Educating yourself on your favorite sport or multiple sports can help you improve your game, and understand the significance of certain players, rules and teams. Plus, you can do this from your couch - no need to leave your quarantine cocoon for this one!
5. Make Future Plans
This pandemic has been rough on our mental health. Many people have felt like they can’t even look forward to the future or make plans because we don’t know when we are going to be able to go back to normal. This leaves people feeling depressed, unmotivated and stuck in one place.
While this has been a difficult period for us all, it will end one day. And when it does, we will be able to go to stadiums, support our favorite teams and make memories with friends and family once more. This will be a great day; for now, it is important to stay positive and make plans.
This means allowing yourself to organize events and sports meetups with friends, even before you know if it will be possible. Of course, there’s the possibility of disappointment, but the bottom line is that making these plans will let you get excited and motivated for a happy future. This is super important right now, especially for sports fans who have been denied stadium visits.
This has been a tough twelve months for everyone around the world; for athletes and sports fans alike, the coronavirus pandemic has denied us our most simple pleasures. Sports are more than just rules and leagues; they represent community, hard work, motivation and success too.
If you have missed visiting stadiums and playing sports with friends this year, use this guide to stay in shape and feel empowered during this difficult time.