Literally no gym, no problem
By Nadine Halili | Photo by Naitian (Tony) Wang/Unsplash
It’s been a week since President Rodrigo Duterte placed Luzon on enhanced community quarantine. While everybody has been adjusting to this new normal (at least for the time being), people all over the world have found new ways to stay healthy. The COVID-19 crisis has driven people to self-quarantine due to the risks of the virus spreading. Throughout this difficult time, those who are privileged enough to remain home have been looking for different ways to keep themselves busy. If you have been living an active lifestyle prior to the start of this community quarantine, you may have also been missing the adrenaline rush of exercising and working out. Now that gyms are closed and not many of us have workout equipment at home, some gym rats have also flexed their creative muscles to stay active and boost those endorphins:
Many athletes have similarly thought of new ways to fuel the competitive spirit while at home. Since most sports require human contact and competition, they’ve looked to furniture to keep busy and entertained.
Update: Not all sports are cancelled pic.twitter.com/VHmxFinflV
— Marty O (@martoo14) March 14, 2020
Although we do advise erring on the side of safety, please do leave those risky workout ideas to professionals and literally just stay indoors. If you are a sports fan and have been missing cheering and hyping your favorite teams, check out the thrilling world of marble racing.
The idea behind marble racing follows the path of classic sporting events such as Formula One coupled with spot-on narration. Not only that, marble racing follows the rules of social distancing and they have their own team and individual names (like Indigo Stars, Crazy Cat’s Eyes, Mellow Yellow and Jawbreakers, Rojo Uno and Sublime). You could pick a marble or team based on the name and color and cheer them on throughout the different tournaments. It really feels like you’re rooting for your favorite teams and athletes at your favorite sporting event.
The sport has been gaining traction online as people are discovering the excitement of watching their chosen marble compete and take on the test of gravity. Sports fans have also recently been raving about it on Twitter ever since this video from Jelle’s Marble Runs went viral on Mar. 15:
Day 4 with no sports:
Marble1 racing is intense! pic.twitter.com/StgO4fY8VG
— CH𓂀IS☥MAS (@davdchristmas) March 15, 2020
The video gained a total of 34.6 million views as of Mar. 23. Facebook page theScore shared the same video last Monday, Mar. 16 and has since earned 3.9 million views and 53,000 shares.
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