It’s a new year and we are all back in lockdown, just as we said we would join the gym and start being healthier. Unfortunately, unlike the summer lockdown where we all got to sit out in the sun and do garden workouts. We are now facing cold, wet and gloomy days. These Winter days may make you want to sit in bed all day, binge-watching Netflix with comfort food. However, it is so important that you find at least 30 minutes a day to do some form of exercise.
In lockdown, it is suggested that your step count is down by 50% by not not leaving our houses as often and not getting as much exercise as we might normally do. Exercise is an excellent way to boost your endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in the body improving your focus and mental health. An example of this is when you’ve done a big workout or been for a run, the feeling afterwards often feels “Ecstatic”. However, even though your body may feel sore and tired, you will feel better about yourself for doing it.
We are here to give you tips on how to stay active and eat well whilst in lockdown and to make sure you don’t lose motivation while doing so:
Take part in a 30-day challenge
A good way to stay focused and to keep on track of your fitness is by following a 30-day challenge or creating your own. Can’t think of any? Well here are some of our favourites:
- 30-day Morning Workout
- 30-Day Fitness Challenge
- 30-Day Bum Workout
- 30-Day Arm Challenge
- 30-Day Ab Challenge
- 30-Day 3,000 Squats & 1,000 Push-Up Challenge
As well as fitness challenges there are also 30-day challenges to improve yourself, such as self-confidence, self-care and motivation. Take a look:
- 30-day Self-Confidence Challenge
- 30-day Self-Care Challenge
- 30-day Productivity Challenge
- 30-Day Writing Challenge
- 30-Day Health Challenge
Boost Your Vitamin D
The days are shorter and with us all being stuck indoors during the day we are seeing less natural sunlight. Try and get outside in the morning or on your lunch break to expose yourself to some vitamin D. This will also bring some positivity to your day instead of only seeing darkness outside.
Count Your Steps
Who didn’t get a Fitbit or an Apple Watch for Christmas! The NHS advice is that we do 10,000 steps a day which sounds like a big target when working from home. A good way to keep on track of your fitness is to try and keep to that target of 10,000 steps a day. If you can’t get outside then try and do some laps around the house or up and down the stairs.
Make Sure You Stretch
Even if you are not doing a home workout, it is important to stretch. If you are not getting as much exercise, stretching can improve your posture and reduce back pain. It will also make you feel more relaxed and less stiff. Morning stretches are the best type of stretches as they leave you ready to tackle the day ahead.
Do a Home Workout
Are you like us and need someone motivating you to do a successful workout? Well, we have found the best online workouts for you to do this lockdown, from Instagram to Youtube we’ve found enough to keep you busy and to get that lockdown bod!
- Chloe Ting Fitness (Youtube)
- Stef Fit (Instagram)
- Courtney Black (Instagram)
- Kayla_itines (Instagram)
- Whitney Simmons (Instagram)
- The Body Coach TV
Want more ways to keep active? Check out even more tips for keeping fit at home
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