We all know we should be doing more exercise, but how do we keep moving when our motivation slips, the weather takes a turn for the worse or a pandemic gets in the way?
Before we were confined in our homes, the thought of heading out for a run or to the gym was far more acceptable than running around your own backyard or exercising in the lounge!
But with social distancing firmly in place and the likelihood that we’ll have to maintain these measures for a little longer, Claire Bowen from Shower to Shower shares a few ideas to keep you moving in your safe space.
The most underrated of all equipment
One of the most affordable items to keep fit, and definitely the most underrated is the humble skipping rope. Be prepared to feel like an uncoordinated five-legged toddler, to begin with, but once you’ve mastered the technique, you’ll be amazed at how fast your fitness increases. And remember, it’s all in the wrists!
It doesn’t have to feel like work
With schools going back so much later, we’ve heard it all when it comes to excuses – but this is something that you can rope the kids into. Dancing is an incredible home workout that can encompass everything from jumping, star jumping, squats and a twerk or two. Put on your favourite track, set a time and get moving for a minimum of 30 minutes.
YOU are the fancy equipment
If it’s the equipment you lack, then there’s no need to worry – there’s nothing better than your body weight to get the heart pumping. All you need is space in your lounge or backyard, your body and the willingness to try. Get started with squats, step-up’s and lunges to warm up and progress to things like the ‘plank’, mountain climbers and shoulder taps to work your upper body. The internet is your friend, so find a workout that matches your level of fitness and begin!
Keep your mind healthy
During a pandemic, taking heed of your mental wellness is as important as your physical health – so you might opt for activities that help with mindfulness too. Practising yoga is a tried and tested method of self-centring and calming your mind amongst anxiety and panic. All you need is a mat and a comfortable outfit. There are countless yoga instruction videos on the internet and doing anything from 15 minutes to an hour a day will bring a sense of peace to the mind.