While the current restrictions might have put limits on your usual fitness routine, it’s not game over –people all around the world are getting creative with their mission to keep moving.
Why is exercise so important? Studies show that a sedentary lifestyle can increase stress and anxiety and result in low mood and low energy. On the flipside, exercise releases feel-good hormones (endorphins) which are proven to improve your mood, boost energy and calm the nervous system. Exercise is a key part of maintaining a health immune system – a high priority for us all right now.
Sure, the gyms might be shut and parks closed, but there are plenty of ways to keep moving at home. Exercising has never been so convenient, comfortable and affordable. Time to jump to it!
It’s important not to go from zero to 100 immediately, especially if it’s been a while since you last exercised. Before you do anything, carefully read our Safety Disclaimer to make sure that you’re staying safe. Remember to start slow and build at a pace that feels comfortable.
Be sure to always stretch first and warm up those muscles – you can use foam rollers and resistance bands to help. You know your body best – if something doesn't feel quite right ease off and take a break. And make sure you’re staying hydrated – H2O reigns supreme.
Finding motivation can be the biggest barrier to exercising, right? Tip: invest in some fab new workout gear and crank up your favourite playlist to help channel your inner J-Lo or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – you’ll be smashing those fitness goals like a pro.
Jet-setting celebrities know all about the hotel room workout routine and if you’re serious about working up a sweat, that’s honestly all the space you need. No weights? No worries. Throw down a mat and get your blood pumping with an online resistance band or HIIT workout (think jumping jacks, burpees, high knees, pushups, squats, lunges, star jumps, planks). From absolute beginner to absolute machine,you’ll find plenty of apps and YouTube clips to guide you through resistance band routines, HIIT workouts and more.
Keen to get the family involved? Use the garage or backyard to set up a group circuit or obstacle course (or indoors if you’ve got space for it). Pop on a timer to keep moving through the stations at timed intervals. Try hula-hooping, hopping, burpees, skipping, jumping jacks and more.
You could also create a makeshift net and kick the soccer ball around, or invest in a basketball hoop or trampoline for hours of fun. Garages and patios can be converted into table tennis arenas, even if you don’t have a proper table you can get creative and make your own.
Not sure where to start? Jump online and find a professional to guide you. No matter what you’re into, you’ll find a wealth of online workouts suitable for all ages, ability levels, fitness levels and goals.
The sheer number of options can be overwhelming, but start with something you think you’ll like (maybe pilates, yoga, aerobics, Zumba, salsa dancing, HIIT workouts, tai chi) and flick through a few until you find a presenter and level that suits your style. Roll out a mat and cast your workout onto the TV screen or shut the bedroom door and plonk your phone onto a surface that allows you to see and hear the on-screen instructions.
There's nothing more motivating than the feeling of smashing a goal. Monitor your daily steps and record your workouts with a fashion-forward fitness tracker. Write up your daily workout schedule on a whiteboard that is in clear view – it’ll keep you accountable and might encourage others in the family to step up their game too. You might even set a challenge with a prize at the end each week to create some fun competition.
Want to stay fit with pals? Set up a regular call using apps such as FaceTime House Party and chat while you sweat!
Prefer to dance? Get your groove on with an online Zumba class, or just hit play on the tunes and have your own living room dance party. Get kids involved by turning it into a game of musical statues – it’s the perfect opportunity to get the kids up and active and have fun with them. Dance like nobody’s watching and you’ll shake the stress away!
For more stay-at-home fitness inspiration, check out our health focused retailers.
*Please note that due to COVID-19, some stores may be closed at this time, but most are still available for online purchases. For an updated list of Woodgrove retailers still trading please click here.