5 Top Tips To Stay Fit and Active In Lockdown
In order for us all to stay healthy, many governments are currently advising us to maintain exercise at home or, as in the UK’s case, outside once a day. This can help to look after your health and wellbeing and keep you as fit & active as possible.
If you were already fit and had hobbies like cycling, running or going to the gym, the transition to lockdown life may not be as difficult as you think. If you are keen to adopt the healthiest lifestyle you can in these strange, unique times, you will certainly feel the benefit. Better sleep, better mindset and breaking up the day are all huge rewards gained by keeping fit.
Here are my top 5 tips on staying active during lockdown.
1 – GET SOCIAL
Never know what exercises to do? Want to exercise but don’t have much time in between online lessons? Look no further than social media. Instagram is currently awash with #HomeWorkouts. From our favourite sporting stars to personal trainers, there are so many to choose from.
They’re mainly short, sharp workouts and, looking at the hashtag, cater for a huge variety of fitness levels: from entry all the way up to hard cardio workouts.
No dumbbells? No worries. Tins of beans, loo roll (who has that spare?), and other household items all feature as equipment alternatives. Get scrolling!
2 – ACTIVE HOUSEWORK
Kill 2 birds with 1 stone and get cleaning! Having to stay in so much, you’ll feel so much better in nice, clean surroundings.
Cleaning the windows? 150 calories in 30 minutes.
Gardening? Up to 200 calories for 30 minutes.
Cleaning the whole flat can be the equivalent of a 5-mile run!
Even better, crank the tunes up and make it fun. Not only will you feel better for moving around, but you’ll also feel smug looking at the hoovered floor when you turn on Netflix in the evening.
3 – TV WORKOUTS
Hark back to the 80’s and 90’s with some good old-fashioned workouts in front of the TV.
Exercise led classes in front of the box are still a thing. Currently in the UK, Amazon Prime have heaps to choose from. From good old-school keep-fit routines to yoga or Zumba, there are loads to choose from.
While you’re there, order a sweatband and leg warmers to wear during your workout for the authentic 80’s look.
4 – GET APP-TASTIC
In these thoroughly modern times, of course there is an app for it. There are so many to choose from that will keep you inspired and healthy. Something as simple as the app Fiit– which has loads of instructor-led classes. It’s all there from stretching to butt-burning Hiit workouts.
If you want to level up, you can join in on live classes and see your efforts on a live leaderboard (currently free to sign up).
If you want to spend a bit of money on equipment, Spin classes like Echelon (bikes start at £1000) are superb. Or for an equally good, more budget version you can purchase a Turbo Trainer for as little as £50 to turn your outdoor bike into a static one. Runners and cyclists can also enjoy variety in their run or ride without even setting foot out of the house with the excellent Zwift(£14.99 per month).
This app gives you varied and interesting virtual routes to complete, all from the comfort of your own home.
5 – VIRTUAL RACES
There is nothing quite like the fresh air and, if we can, we should get outside. If you are new to running, try a brisk walk and jog 5 minutes on and off. Build up slowly.
Put a bit of variety into your outside exercise by exploring a new route, or Fartlek training: running fast and then running slow between two points (one lamppost to the next).
For the more experienced runner out there, as all races are cancelled, there are plenty of virtual races to keep the motivation up. There’s nothing quite like having a goal to keep you going. (At a safe 2-metre distance from others!)
It can feel quite hard to get going at first, but there is nothing like a routine to help. It will get better the more you do it. Routine is key, so make it a part of your day. Even if it’s 10 minutes mobility first thing in the morning, or a 10k run on your lunch break; stay active, stay safe and take care.
Writer: Susie Chan