As we head for another series of lockdowns in the UK, many people are losing out on their physical fitness, as their normal routine is disrupted, forcing them to skip their fitness sessions. If you are house-bound and looking for ways to get in shape or maintain that toned body you worked so hard to get, here are a few ideas to help you keep active and healthy during the lockdown.
- Online Fitness Classes – If you can’t visit that state-of-the-art gym down the road that was installed by Rhenus High Tech, there are fitness centres that run virtual sessions. This means you interact with the trainer using a VoIP platform such as Zoom, and you can also interact with the other students. You might prefer to enrol in a Pilates or yoga class, both of which are available in a virtual environment.
- Create a Work Out Routine – Pop those air pods in and work out to your favourite music, and all you really need for a good workout are two dumbbells with suitable weights and you can work all the major muscle groups with just this equipment. Search on YouTube for ‘dumbbell routines’ and you will get hundreds of short routines you can follow.
- The Importance of a Balanced Diet – While we should always strive to eat a balanced diet, it is even more important when you are confined to home. If you live in the UK, search online for small organic farms that will deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to your door. A weekly delivery will ensure that you are receiving the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs, and try not to over-indulge in anything. If all this inactivity has led to gaining a few pounds and weight loss is your focus, click here.
- The Great Outdoors – While you are restricted, you can still take a brisk walk outside and we all need Vitamin D that the sun’s rays bring, so make a point of getting some fresh air (you can work out in the garden) whenever the sun is shining. If possible, walk in a natural environment and remember to wrap up well and wear your face mask.
- Mental Well-Being – This is as important as your physical well-being and make good use of the Internet to keep in touch with family and friends with social media and video calls. Try to allow yourself an hour per day to pursue activities you really enjoy, while you might like to try meditation, which really is a stress reliever. There are lots of free resources online concerning meditation and there are many ways to be with oneself, some prefer to sit in the lotus position, while others like to lie down and with some trial and error, you can discover what works best for you.
It is best to stay active and healthy during the lockdown; a home improvement project or a new hobby might be the solution, and by varying your daily routine, it won’t become so tedious. It is advisable to keep track of the current Covid-19 status in your part of the country, as things can change quickly.