We’re 4 weeks into lockdown and a lot of people are now starting to crave more movement and physical activity.
Here are our top 5 ways to stay fit in lockdown, while we wait for fitness facilities to re-open.
Walking is obviously one of the things that we all know how to do, and it’s free! It’s easy. We’re allowed to go out walking which is great, and that’s what we want. Try and get out and do as much as possible, counting your steps through fitbit, your phone, watch etc so you can see where you are at and start re-building to your goal. Aim for 10,000 steps!
I know myself after a few days of lockdown I checked in on my steps and I did about 3,000. I was shocked at how little as I’m usually on my feet all day and do an average of about 15k. So the following morning I trained and did about 4k, then did a nice long walk of 5k steps and did about 1.5k around the house. I felt much better setting the target and aiming to do more. Plus, the weather has been nice, so it’s left me with no excuses!
It’s a great way to check out your area too, and appreciate what’s on your doorstep and keep your joints from getting stiff!
2. ONLINE WORKOUTS
Now, you’ve obviously got things like YouTube and Instagram and there are lots of different things you can do on there. Also, there are PT’s like me running online live sessions if you need the extra push and accountability. Your Trainer will notice if you’re not there, they will notice if you’re online but aren’t working as hard as they know you can.
We want to try and limit beyond damage limitation and stop ourselves from gaining too much while in lockdown because it’s too easy to keep going to the fridge! If you need help, ask for it.
3. BRING BACK SPORTS DAY ACTIVITIES
So, this next one would be if you’ve got kids, get out there and play with them. I know it can be hard if you’ve got work to do, keep the house clean, cook every meal etc. But cast your mind back to your childhood and try and remember some of the old games you used to play, or ask the kids what they want to do. You could set up like a mini Olympics; hopping races, mini sports, wheelbarrow races, egg and spoon, sack races etc. all these little things you can do with kids and they don’t need much space or equipment.
4. GET RESOURCEFUL
The next one would be using household items as weights. For example – get a backpack, fill your bag full of books, put that on your bag, and walk around the house or take it on your long walks. Or, pick up those kids, put them on your back or for the younger ones opt for the front pack instead of the pram when walking.
If you want to do more, try some lunges with your weight, squats, walking up and down the stairs etc.
You could even make some even heavier weights using things such as garden bags. Fill them full of soil or milk cartons, paint pots, fill them with water.
5. TRY SOMETHING NEW
Again, going back to using our online resources, there are some great apps out there and Facebook groups that can help introduce you to new exercise. Try yoga, Thai chi or some new stretches. You never know, you might find a new love!
Whatever it is you want to do, the key here is to just do more! Let us know what you find and enjoy!