Right now, many of us are adjusting to new daily routines. You may be working from home and spending more time alone. This can seem quite daunting, so it’s a great time to put some extra focus on health, fitness and wellbeing.
There are all kinds of ways to stay fit at home and near you while we’re being asked to socially distance. If you’re struggling to stay motivated, remember there’s scientific proof that staying active improves your general wellbeing and mood, as well as having all kinds of other benefits like boosting the immune system.
Whether your gym has shut its doors or you’re just starting out and looking for healthy things to do, here are a few fun ways to keep fit. Remember, it’s always a good idea to speak to a health professional before starting out on a new exercise regime.
Stay generally active
We’ll start with a simple one, but one that can also be so easy to skip – keeping up a good daily routine. This can really help wellbeing and it can be as simple as getting up at a regular time each day and having a healthy breakfast, getting out for a walk, taking regular breaks to stretch and move during the day or getting out on your bike.
Even climbing up and down the stairs can make a difference (and help you increase your heart rate and step count). But, if you aren’t self-isolating, just getting out of the home each day can be beneficial. Just remember to keep the appropriate distance from other people.
Work with a personal trainer
Missing the gym? Want to make real progress with your fitness? A personal training program, put together by a professional, is a great option. The real advantage of this is the program can be tailored to your abilities and fitness goals.
We have a range of personal training options here at Adrenaline, both online and one-on-one. Get started with 2 virtual personal training sessions and a 14 day program, learn in person with one-hour’s personal training (available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast) or commit to 14 day online personal training with daily live support included.
The great thing about getting out for a run is almost anyone can do it. You don’t need any specialist equipment (other than some comfortable running shoes) and you can go at your own pace. A Couch to 5k app is a good place to start for beginners. These can be a great way to build up your fitness gradually. If you’re already a runner, why not take this opportunity to take things to the next level or work towards a goal?
There are plenty of helpful running tips from running coaches available online, so work on mixing things up with a mix of run lengths and different paces. Running is known to be seriously addictive, so pull on your runners and get out there! After all, even amazing athletes like Adrenaline ambassador and ultramarathon runner Jacqui Bell, had to start somewhere.
Do online workouts – yoga, HIIT, bodyweight and more
As well as paid fitness options, you’ll find a huge variety of workouts available to follow on YouTube and through free to download apps from the likes of Nike, Adidas and more. Press ups, planks, sit ups and other bodyweight exercises can make a huge difference to fitness levels, with British celebrity personal trainer Joe Wicks offering up his own twist on PE lessons to get kids (and enthusiastic parents) across the UK and around the world moving each day. Yoga’s also a great option, why not get started with some online sessions like those offered by Yoga with Adriene.
If you’re lucky enough to live near a beach, then now could be a great time to get out for a surf. Ok, so you may need to buy a surfboard and wetsuit, but it’s a fun way to exercise and could become your new favorite hobby. If you want to learn to surf to take your skills to the next level you could even take some surf lessons. One-on-one surf instruction is still available in some locations, so check the range here at Adrenaline.
Remember to have fun
Your mental health is just as important as your physical, so be sure to have some fun and stay connected with friends and loved ones. Pick up the phone and have a good chat. Make time for a laugh with the people you live with. Put on some music and dance! Read a good book. Meditate (there are all kinds of free apps and YouTube videos to help you).
Plus, don’t forget our Activities at Home range has plenty of ways to keep you entertained without needing to leave the house.