In this post I’m going to explore some of the indoor options we have available to us right now as a way to keep me motivated and hopefully you, too! Check gov.uk for current guidance about exercising outdoors (UK). It is in no way a criticism of those following current guidance – it’s pretty clear at the time of writing, this is just my thoughts on other things we can do, too, when gyms are shut and we’re not in our normal routine (and let’s be sensible – don’t over train / train when sick etc etc and try not to have any accidents!).
We should all be looking after our physical and mental health right now. It’s tempting to hide under a blanket and eat biscuits, but here’s some things I am going to be trying to keep me going on the fitness train.
Taking control of one aspect of your life, like fitness, can really help boost your feelings.
I have signed up for a couple of virtual races to keep motivation going and I have been overwhelmed with the amount of online options we have right now. So, I thought I’d pop down some things I’m going to try, or I would like to, or just sound fun.
I signed up for the LLHM Local Landmarks Challenge (done ✅) and one to run 50km by the end of April. (Link) There’s loads out there – from race distances to cumulative challenges. Quite often the races donate something to charity, too.
Treadmill & Turbo Trainers
If you’re lucky enough to have one (or both!) of these they can be a great alternative to the outdoors. I’m going to be watching Prime and giving Zwift a go on my treadmill – I’m just waiting for my Run Pod to arrive. I’ll pop a review up once I have given it a good go!
How many fitness DVDs do you have hiding away somewhere? I know I have quite a few… from HIIT to pilates. And once upon a time I did these… I might do it again… I even have 30 Day Shred somewhere in the house!
Online Classes & Videos
My local yoga studio and Personal Trainer are offering live online classes you can join in with on Zoom, and it’s a great option to stay social and support your local businesses if you are able to.
I’m also a big fan of Yoga with Adriene on Youtube. There’s so much out there to give a go.
And of course as we all know Joe is doing some P.E. lessons for us all!
I keep avoiding doing my strength stuff, so now might be the time… I have a couple of free weights and a kettlebell. I won’t be trying anything new with these to make sure I’m doing them right. I’m not the most co-ordinated person…
I am also going to try some bodyweight exercises, too and see if I can find a skipping rope somewhere…
Online Challenges, Groups, Communities
There’s loads of challenges that have sprung up on social media that I’ll now actually join in with (sorry guys), push ups, planks, burpees (maybe not that one). You tag people and pass it along. It’s a great way to stay connected and have some fun.
Some companies have launched various activities such as a 60 day challenge from Runderwear, Fitbit opening up the app and races going virtual.
I’m now more active on Facebook, joining in with my running club chat and race participant groups to stay connected.
There’s so much choice out there, do something that brings you joy wether it be an app, live class or foam rolling… does that bring anyone joy?
Above all else, be safe everyone 💙