We are now well into our second week of lockdown here in New Zealand. Home life has become familiar and the new work from home setup is starting to feel routine.
Good on you if you were in, or have managed to get into, a home workout routine to stay fit while staying in. For those of us that are starting to feel sluggish from all the staying in and not having had much exercise, now is as good a time as any to jump into a workout routine.
See out the last two weeks (fingers crossed) of Level Four lockdown and be ready and fit to get back into the outside world.
Here are some popular workout activities that are lockdown friendly. Switching it up periodically can be good to keep you motivated and also to activate muscles that may otherwise have been inactive for some time.
This one is simple. Get in front of either the TV or one of your mobile devices, be it a tablet or a phone, and start searching for a workout video to get moving to. Whether you are after a high intensity workout or something slow like TaiChi, or something in-between, YouTube will not let you down.
Pros: There is something for everyone. Pick a high intensity workout if you feel like it. Or, something slower like Pilates. It is all free and easily accessible. No one is there to watch you or judge you.
Cons: There are so many workout videos to choose from that it can be overwhelming. It is free so you may be tempted to slack off especially when there is no cost attached. No one is there to watch you which means your exercise form may not be 100% correct.
Here are some popular options to try out:
PopSugar - "POPSUGAR Fitness offers fresh fitness tutorials, workouts, and exercises that will help you on your road to healthy living, weight loss, and stress relief. Check out Class FitSugar, our do-it-along-with-us real-time workout show hosted by Anna Renderer who will inspire you to sweat alongside fitness experts and Hollywood’s hottest celebrity trainers."
Blogilates - "Full length POP Pilates, PIIT28 and fun Bootcamp Sculpting workouts with certified fitness instructor Cassey Ho aka Blogilates!"
Jeremy Ethier - "This channel is focused on providing science-backed training and nutritional videos in order to help you become the best version of yourself."
For the cycling and running enthusiasts, you have got options. Just remember to stay close by so you are not in violation of the lockdown.
Strava - "Strava lets you track your running and riding with GPS, join Challenges, share photos from your activities, and follow friends."
A way to interact with like-minded people while maintaining your distance. A globally popular fitness app with more than 40M users.
Pros: Strava app is a free app to get started on. It is social and makes running and cycling more fun for those that are inclined to being social.
Cons: Some features such as goal setting and seeing how you progress over the year requires the paid version of the app - Strava Summit - which costs roughly USD9 monthly. This works out to be approximately NZD180 a year.
Nike+ Run Club - "Track your runs, get coaching that adapts to you and bring your friends along for the ride. It's all possible with the Nike Run Club App."
Pros: It's a stylish app. It's free. You can even tag your shoes so you know how far you've run in each pair which gives you an indication of when you should probably look to change them out. Nike mixes it up with a line up of coaches and plans you can download, keeping things fresh.
Cons: It's Nike so you can expect to get advertisements from them. For those that don't like Nike or don't want to be advertised to, beware.
Our local homegrown favourite and for the hardcore Les Mills fan, you can still keep up with your routine and programme with On Demand. "Work out at home with unlimited access to iconic programs taught in 21,000 gyms around the world." Familiar and popular programmes such as BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYBALANCE are all available online.
Pros: No equipment necessary. Plenty of programmes to choose from all in one place. Free trial for 14 days to see if this is for you. Good music to workout to and good instructions.
Cons: Many options to choose from meaning you can get lost in it for first-timers. For those after a free workout, this cost $269.00 a year. No coaches to provide feedback to tell you if you are doing something incorrectly.
There you have it. No matter what your preference is, there is something for you. Don't let COVID-19 take away from your 2020 fitness goals. Make the most of what you have and be ready to take on the rest of the year once the virus is under control and the lockdown is over.
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