How to stay fit during lockdown

How to stay fit during lockdown

Yes, we are in May and yes, the sun has been shining for 3 weeks straight, but no you cannot take your fresh fit to a brunch party and vibe with your team. These are the ‘unprecedented times’ we find ourselves facing in 2020 – a year we’d all much rather write off. But what you can still do during these times is workout at home in the warm sun, preparing for that day when the gym opens for business as usual.

Now your workouts may become somewhat unconventional. You may need to throw a partner or sibling on your back to provide enough resistance for an effective squat. Or perhaps fill up your 5 litre water bottles to complete a challenging farmer’s walk. But your ability to adapt to working out during these times can make you stronger and can fuel your hunger to make progress if you play your cards right.

During lockdown you may discover new exercises that challenge your body and mind to develop beyond your conventional training pattern. You may implement into your routine exercises and workouts that increase your flexibility, mobility and athletic ability. The workouts you take on during this period may enable you to become a better athlete when you do return to your usual training pattern; and finally, you may discover a new style of training suitable to your goals.

Think of this lockdown as an opportunity to reflect. Think about how you can adopt exercises at home that will bring you closer to the goals you set at the beginning of 2020 – when we were all yet hopeful. Tell yourself to choose workouts that you know will bring you closer to your goals. Have a plan and execute your will.

We are under no illusions – working out at home is difficult. It is easier to go to the gym where you will have access to quality weights and machines. Where there is social status and interaction to your training. Where you find fulfilment in pushing through PBs. However, take this moment of isolation as time to prepare yourself for the next stage of your fitness journey. Take this as an opportunity to find what you love to do and do it. 

The best way to workout from home is to do what you love doing as this enables you to remain consistent. Consistency in your workouts will enable you to maintain your athletic performance and stay fit in preparation of when gyms open again. The danger lies in believing you must bench press your TV to make gains. You’ll quickly fall out of that routine, because that is not what you enjoy doing. 

So on that note, here are some tips to maximise your workouts while at home: 

  • Select exercises that will prepare you to break through barriers when you return to gym.
  • Do workouts that you enjoy.
  • Implement exercises to increase your mobility and flexibility. 
  • Spend time rehabbing any minor injuries with foam rollers or mobility balls.
  • Challenge yourself to master a new exercise (e.g. one handed pushups).

That’s all from us for now. We hope you enjoy the May sun as much as you can, and while you’re at it keep making progress.

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