It’s lockdown time again. We’re all feeling a bit fed up and it’s easy to let your fitness slip. But you really don’t have to. And you’re going to feel a lot more capable of dealing with your daily tasks if you can stay energised. It doesn’t have to be hard either. With a few handy tips you’ll find it easy to keep up your exercise while we wait for life to get back to normal. With that in mind, here’s how to stay fit during lockdown
Make exercise a daily priority
We’re allowed to get out and exercise, so use that opportunity to get in a workout when you can. Go for a jog, take a hike or a long leisurely stroll. Whatever it is, keeping active on a daily basis is going to pay dividends long term.
Getting your heart rate up and a sweat on will really boost your overall fitness, just make sure you wash up afterwards and keep those armpits smelling sweet. It’s an age-old discussion, guys – which side of the deodorant vs antiperspirant debate are you on?
If you’re not used to training this is the time to build up slowly and add as you go. For example start off with a walk or a walk-run. Simply run for a minute, 30 secs… whatever you can comfortably manage and then walk for five. As you get fitter you can make the running intervals longer and the walks shorter. Before you know it you’ll be banging out a 5k run.
Use the internet
There are so many good healthy living resources on the Internet, from how to eat well to weight training plans for all levels. All you need to do is take the time to do a little research and find something that suits you.
Always seek professional advice if you have any medical conditions, or if there’s anything you’re unsure of. Linking up with an online personal trainer will help you achieve your goals in a safe and efficient manner.
Time for resistance
Cardio is vital for fitness, and so is incorporating some form of resistance training. If you’ve got home gym equipment, great. If not, your body can be your multi gym. Lunges, squats, push ups, planks, supermans (yes, you can become a lockdown superhero)… the list goes on and on. Then you’ve got resistance bands and even tin cans… be creative and build some resistance work into your daily commitment to exercise.
Watch what you eat
They say you can’t out-train a bad diet and it’s true. Whilst exercising will certainly reward you with many health benefits on its own, you won’t be able to maximise them if you eat rubbish food all the time. The key is to eat healthily most of the time – no one’s saying you can’t throw in a cheat meal or two (oh, go on then, three) during the week.
Go light on the heavy fats and sugars, and add in nutrient-dense foods. Think colours of the rainbow for fruit and veg. Lean protein sources. Grains, nuts, seeds and pulses. The cleaner your diet is the more energy you’ll have and the better your workouts will be.
Get a good night’s sleep
Now more than ever it’s so important to get enough rest. Not only will that help give you the energy to get on with what you need to do each day, it’ll help you stay energised and motivated, ready to get on with maintaining your fitness during lockdown.
Exercising in the morning is a great way to start the day and will put you in a positive mood. You can get your workout done, shower, choose between deodorant vs antiperspirant and tackle the day ahead, knowing that you’ve already achieved something. But if you’re just not a morning person it really doesn’t matter what time you exercise. What is important is to make sure you do it.
Follow these tips and you’ll find it a lot easier to stay fit during lockdown!