Lockdown has got most of us bored by now. Since the start of 2020, increasing numbers of countries have been implementing new lifestyles in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus that has caused a worldwide pandemic and taken hundreds of thousands of lives. Rather than sticking to our usual routine, the vast majority of us are stuck at home, unable to see anyone who lives outside of our household and only able to leave our household for essentials and emergencies. It’s not all too surprising that many of us are bored and that many of us are getting out of shape with excessive snacking, unhealthy eating and a non-existent exercise regime. Let’s tackle the exercise element of this today! Here are a few ways you can work out in your own home and have a little fun at the same time!
Now, you might not think of yoga as a workout. But it really is. All you need is a yoga mat and a video tutorial to follow along with – there are plenty of completely free options online likes complete yoga guide.
Yoga can help you to focus on and develop your breathing technique while toning, improving balance and working on flexibility. On top of this, some tutorials can teach and encourage the practice of mindfulness, which can be extremely useful during these difficult times where people are often feeling more stressed or anxious.
Now, this step might not work if you don’t have a garden, or if you live alone. But if you are lucky enough to have outdoor space and you have someone that you live with who you can play with, it could be a whole lot of fun. Pickleball is an enthralling sport that sadly relatively few people know about. This is a paddleboard sport and traditionally takes place on a tennis court. People will play this game, which combines elements of tennis, table tennis and badminton, with special equipment like pickleball shoes and the best pickleball paddles. Now, chances are you don’t just have a tennis court in your garden. But you can craft your own with some floor marking and a simple net that can be ordered online!
Some of us haven’t cycled since childhood. So the idea of getting back on a bike can seem a little funny. But most of us find the experience exhilarating once we get back to it. Of course, you’ll have to be careful while cycling outdoors during your allotted exercise time. Maintain a two metre distance from others who may be out at the same time. Alternatively, you can invest in a static bike and cycle within the comfort of your own home – while watching TV can be fun and make the exercise seem less of a chore.
It really is important to maintain your fitness during these times – both for your physical wellbeing and for your mental wellbeing. Hopefully, some of the ideas outlined above will help to kickstart your lockdown exercise regime!