With fewer chances to go out and play basketball because of the current pandemic, it’s hard to develop and maintain your basketball skills. It’s especially hard to stay in shape at home when you have your bed nearby and the TV to binge-watch your favorite shows. Don’t worry because we got you covered on how to stay in shape for basketball during Covid-19.

How to Stay in Shape for Basketball During Covid-19

There are plenty of ways you can stay in shape for basketball during Covid-19. While some of them can’t help when it comes to developing team skills, you’re more than able to focus on your individual skills and performance.

Practice Basketball Drills at Home

You only need a basketball and basketball shoes to practice and develop your skills. This is also a great time to break in new shoes so they feel good, come game-time. If you’re a guard, lace up in the shoes that are best suited for guards and take time to practice your ball-handling skills.

If you have a hoop at home, practice on your scoring and shooting. While you can also go to public basketball courts to practice but make sure you maintain proper social distancing. If there are other people using the court, you can practice on the sidelines with drills not including the hoop.

If you are a big man, consider working on your footwork and free throws. Basketball today is dominated by small and fast guards and as a big man you should keep up with the fast pace.


As of this moment, Covid-19 isn’t transmitted airborne. That means you can still go jogging in parks, by the beach, and around your neighborhood. Of course, you should practice safe social distancing and wear a mask when around others and where mandated by law.

Even Lakers guard Danny Green runs outside to get in shape and he loves it more because there aren't any people stopping him for pictures so he can focus on keeping in shape.

Home Workouts

If you have a home gym, it can be the perfect setting to keep you in shape. If you don’t have one, there are plenty of ways you can work out at home. You can even make your own gym equipment.

You can make use of common home items like a milk jugs or water bottles to act as DIY weights. Although, you can buy proper workout pieces of equipment if you want to invest in building your own home gym.

If you don’t know how to start with your workouts, there is plenty of information on the internet to get you started. There are also workout apps that will guide you for doing the proper workout routine at home.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Body conditioning also includes what you put inside it. Maintaining a balanced nutritious meal is important if you want to stay in shape and be ready when basketball season comes. If you are going to do some intense training even during Covid-19, these are some of the things you take note off for your diet:

- Eat healthy types of food like fruits, vegetables, and whole grain.

- Refrain from excess fat, sugar, and sodium, which .

- Drink lots of water to keep you well hydrated. Experts recommend drinking at least 64 ounces of water every day. If you undergo intensive training, you will need more water.

- Eat extra small meals throughout the day. This is applicable if you have high levels of activity every day. It’s also applicable if you want to bulk up and build strength.


Even with the added complications Covid-19 has introduced, don't use them as excuse to slack off and dull your basketball skills. You can make the most of the current situation by jogging outside, performing  individual drills, choosing the right types of food to eat.