As many of us continue to live with pandemic restrictions and with gyms and group sports closed and temporarily banned, exercising on your own might appear daunting at a first glance. So I thought I will do a list of suggestions on how to keep fit that will hopefully help you along to achieve your personal fitness goals in the coming winter and spring months.
- Don’s be overly ambitious. Start gradually, especially if you have been lax with exercise of any kind.
- Ask yourself what is your monthly fitness goal and break it into weekly targets to help you achieve it.
- Pencil exercise, even if it is just walking, into your diary, like it is a doctor’s or work appointment. I remember Elle McPherson sharing this tip a while back and she certainly is the woman who has always been committed to her personal fitness.
- Find a workout or exercise that works for YOU. That way you are more likely to stick with it.
- Vary your exercise – walking one day, a run on another and yoga or pilates on the weekend. This will help boredom at bay – and it is one of the main nemesis of keeping fit.
- Listen to your body & give it ‘rest’ days. This will help your recovery, as well as prevent injuries.
- If you need exercise guidance, look out for qualified trainers online or on social media. Many post workouts, do trial Zoom classes or share tips and exercises for you to do, when convenient.
- Don’t feel bad if you fall off the ‘exercise’ wagon for a few days. Every day is a new day & exercise activity is there to make you feel good, rather than guilty or upset.
- Ask a friend or someone you trust for a recommendation – be it for a PT, online class or book/dvd/YouTube video. Try it and if you don’t enjoy it, try something else. At the end of the day it’s your life, state of mind and body.
- While facials or body treatments aren’t currently easily available due to pandemic restrictions, use your own able hands to do a scalp and face massage. Or use a body roller or tapper to massage, relax or re-energise your body at home. It will also help release lactic acid from the muscles after exercise. Or run a weekly bath with Epsom or Himalayan Salts to help aches and pains, as well as re-mineralise the body. Your body is like a car – it needs looking after and regular maintenance to move and function efficiently.
If you need any personal recommendations, please drop me a line and I will happily share my resources & people that help me keep fit.