Global pandemic getting in the way of your fitness routine? Stuck in lockdown with no gym and no workout buddies? We hear you. It’s not easy to just switch to home workouts when you’re lacking motivation, you don’t have a trainer to guide you and you don’t feel like you have the right equipment. If you’re feeling a little lost, try these quick tips to get you on track!
Plan your exercise – book your virtual classes, write yourself a schedule
We all know how it goes – the vague thought of ‘I’ll go for a run sometime this week’ or ‘I’ll fit in a workout in between everything else I’ve got to do’… For most people the ‘to do’ list never really ends – there will always be household chores, work tasks, family commitments. If you wait until you have time to exercise, you’ll just never get there. So prioritise exercise as part of your day, even if you think you’re not a planner, try to make an exercise plan for the week. And importantly: think about it as something you get to do in your day, rather than something you have to do.
It’s simple but believe me, it works. If you’re already wearing the right gear you need to get up and exercise, it’s just removing another small barrier to doing that activity. And activewear is comfortable, personally I don’t know why anyone wears anything else! 😉
Use your break times
Every time you take a break for a coffee, a snack or a meal, add in some movement. A stretch routine, a 10 minute walk around the block, it doesn’t have to be anything big. It’s a good chance to clear your head and take a break from staring at a screen, too.
You don’t need any equipment!
This should never be a barrier to stop you from exercising! You have your body, and that is all you need. Think about yoga, pilates, walking, running, HIIT workouts, all these are generally done with no equipment. If you want to add some load to your exercises, you’ll be surprised how easily you can find things around your house that can work for you. A backpack filled with cans/books/anything heavy works great. For more ideas, check out our blog on Home Exercise Equipment Under $20! (link)
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Ditch the all or nothing attitude
Don’t get stuck thinking, wondering, trying to get it right… Start doing!
Plan a walk and talk with a friend
You may not be able to catch up in person with everyone you want to right now, but a phone call while walking can be the perfect way to catch up while getting some movement in your day! Once again, make sure you plan it – book in a phone call time with a friend and enjoy a lovely hour of walking and talking – you won’t even notice you’re exercising!
Any movement is beneficial. And ‘fitness’ is much more simple than you think. Put on some comfortable shoes and just start moving. There’s no certain number of kilometres you need to run, or push ups you need to do. A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that it doesn’t take much to make a difference and add years to your life – they found over a 15-year period, people who ran an average of five minutes a day, just a few times a week, had about a 30% lower risk of death than people who didn’t run at all!
Think about it this way: every minute you spend moving your body is one less minute spent sitting on the couch or sitting at a desk, so just go for it!
Try our virtual classes and PT
As trainers, we have had to adapt too. If you asked me 6 months ago whether I would ever teach classes and 1:1 PT sessions online, I would have told you no thanks, that’s not my thing! But here we are in 2020, and I’m honestly enjoying online coaching more than I thought I would. There is something special about people allowing you into their homes (virtually) and trusting you to provide them with their daily exercise motivation and instruction, adapting to their needs, their space and their equipment (or lack of).
We are being vulnerable just as you are, we are learning to teach through a screen and adjusting to the changes that has on our coaching styles. But we are pushing out of our comfort zones, doing everything we can to keep our community fit and strong!
So come and join us, connect with like minded people, who are also doing it tough and trying to make the best out of the situation we are in, by staying fit, healthy and happy.