Lockdown can be a testing time for all of us, especially if you’re used to leading an active and busy lifestyle. Many of us have been forced into slowing down the pace of life, and spending more time at home can mean more time in front of the TV, mobile phones and tablets, and can be the perfect excuse for us to reach for that treat cupboard in the kitchen a little more frequently than we normally would.
If you’re worried about becoming less active, stiffening up or adding on a few extra pounds during these unusual times, here are our simple suggestions for keeping an eye on your fitness levels during the lockdown.
1. Break up sitting time
Avoid prolonged sitting bouts. Instead, aim to get up every 30-45 minutes or so (unless the film is engrossing enough to keep the kids quiet for a while longer!). Regular movement around the house or garden boosts glucose metabolism. Any active break helps, but the more intense the better, which leads us to tip two…
2. Be active regularly throughout the day
we’re all entitled to leave the house for one decent stint of exercise per day, so definitely take advantage of that. But rather than just taking one long walk or run, then sitting for the rest of the time, did you know it’s actually more beneficial to have as much time standing and walking throughout the day as you can? So, yes, do the long walk, but then throw in a few exercises like careful squats, reverse lunges and sit-to-stands to get your heart rate up regularly.
3. Try not to keep remotes and phones near you
This is a really simple solution to keeping you moving. It means that whenever you need to change the tv channel, check or answer your phone, you’re forced to get up and move.
4. Participate in online classes
The popularity of online and remote fitness classes has skyrocketed over the past few weeks. Get involved! There are thousands of excellent bodyweight exercise classes, cardio and yoga classes on YouTube. Why not factor in a 20-40 minute (depending on your fitness level/goal) on each weekday? If in doubt, we’re still here to help! Get in touch for advice on the best form of exercise for you.
Remember that although we’ve had to temporarily close our clinic for a little while, our physios are still here to help. You can book an online session with one of our team via email or phone, or if you have a specific question or need advice regarding your health and wellbeing during lockdown, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.