Keeping Fit Whilst in Lockdown
If you are finding it hard to get up and get moving, then we have some tips and inspiration to help you find some motivation. With gyms closed and leaving the house restricted, it can be difficult to think of activities to keep you fit that you can do in the comfort of your own home. It might be less difficult than you might have thought.
1. Walk like Captain Tom
Everyone is familiar with Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old war veteran who wanted to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his garden. His achievement was so much bigger. So huge, in fact, that his name is now known all around the world, but what we love about Captain Tom’s challenge is that he used the resources he had available to him to not only workout but to raise money, too.
So, if you have a garden or a flight of stairs why not use them for a super easy cardio workout. Set yourself targets, like Captain Tom who achieved 10 laps per day, and work towards achieving them. All you need are suitable clothes and a little bit of space and away you go. Of course, it doesn’t have to be running or walking laps, you could build in some HIIT workouts or just get creative, you could even get the whole house involved.
2. Use everyday items to aid your workout
Do you go to the gym to use their expensive weights or exercise machines? If so, while they’re closed you can use many everyday items around your home to carry on your workout routine.
You can use tin cans or bottles of water as weights, towels for lunging, or an armchair for sit-ups or squats. You don’t need to fork out lots of money to keep yourself in shape. Alternatively, you could use the floors, walls, and stairs of your home to devise workout routines.
3. Dance with your friends
We’re all feeling the strain of not being able to see friends and family whenever we like but thanks to video calling technology, we can stay in touch and see each other. So, why not get the group together again (digitally, of course), turn the music on and get dancing. It’ll not only get you burning the calories and breaking a sweat but you’ll have fun and lots of laughs, too.
You can do this with exercise, too. Why not join an online fitness class or do some yoga together? Yoga, for example, has been shown to be good for lowering stress levels, anxiety, and building self-esteem as well as balance and flexibility.
4. Spring cleaning
With spring and summer fast approaching, why not start your spring cleaning? There’s no better feeling than decluttering your life, getting rid of the rubbish, and giving your place a thorough clean. And, even better, cleaning counts as a physical activity because it requires you to get moving.
5. Workout Wednesdays with Hydratem8
If all that wasn’t enough, we have been running Workout Wednesdays for the last few weeks (if you haven’t heard, where have you been?). Every Wednesday we upload a workout video with PT Stuart Strelow to help get you moving.
So, if you’re not in the mood for coming up with your routine or are looking for something to build into your existing programme, then look no further. So far, we have completed:
Whatever your level, there’s sure to be something there for you to have a go at. You can go back through the videos, too, so you can view them again and again.