For a lot of people trying to make positive changes in their lives, exercise, training and fitness can make a really big difference.
Exercise and training regimes are a great way to get rid of pent up energy, as well as make us feel better about ourselves.
With leisure centres and gyms now closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you might think that there’s no point in keeping active. But it’s important now more than ever!
Hints and tips to get organised at home.
Come up with a plan and stick to it! Write it down on a bit of paper and keep it to hand. Break your days up into mornings, afternoons and evenings and decide what you’re going to do and when.
If you normally go to the gym, it can be hard to adapt to training at home. Without a range of weights and cardio equipment to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start. You might also feel like you’re not getting the benefit. But IT IS do-able.
No matter how you usually train or workout, consistency is the most important thing you can do right now.
If you’re new to exercise, it’s a great way to get started and get your body used to moving. If you’re used to working out regularly, it’s possible to keep your fitness and strength ticking over until you can get back to the gym.
On-demand training programmes – now that gyms are closed, loads of online programmes are offering free trials and reduced membership fees. Here’s a collection that we’ve found:
- Les Mills On Demand – workouts for all levels and goals, including Body Combat, Body Pump, Body Balance, CX Works, Body Attack and more.
- Joe Wickes – The Body Coach – a range of fitness videos on You Tube, including ‘7 days of sweat’, kids workouts, home fat burner, legs bums & tums, HIIT (full body and low impact versions), and chair based exercises. He’s also created PE lessons for kids (and the adults!) whilst people are home schooling.
- NHS Fitness Studio – choose from 24 instructor-led videos in categories that include aerobic exercise, strength/resistance, Pilates and yoga. Workouts range from 10 to 45 minutes.
There are loads more resources online. Just type ‘home exercise programmes’ into your search bar and see what you fancy trying!