Sports centres, gyms and group activities don’t just provide an opportunity to keep fit but help us to reduce stress and give us a social outlet. Many people will be feeling a little lost in these unprecedented times, so we are here to help.
We asked Redbrik-sponsored triathlete Fiona Kesteven to put together her top tips for looking after your health and wellbeing whilst we are following Government advice and staying at home.
At present we are given one opportunity a day to get out of the house. Make the most of this… walk, bounce, skip, jump, jog, run, scooter, cycle. Just get out and move.
Whilst we knew that it was coming, most of us didn’t have the time, space, money or forethought to order equipment for a home gym! Heard of the phrase “all the gear but no idea”? You don’t need to spend a fortune on the latest fitness equipment, it won’t make you any fitter or stronger; you can be creative with objects you already have in the house. Fill a plant pot with soil in the garden and do some squats, or fill some bottles with water to make dumbbells. Have fun creating some fitness equipment.
Are you finding it difficult to muster the energy, or just unsure as to what exercises you should be doing? There is a massive library of videos online and many of these are free. Take a quick look and you’ll find something that suits your fitness needs in no time.
In such an uncertain time you might find it helpful to establish a routine. Whether you get the family up and ready taking part in ‘PE with Joe Wicks’ at 9am (3.5 million people can’t be wrong!) or take advantage of Les Mills classes being made available and stick to your normal Friday lunchtime Body Pump class, having a schedule will help you commit to some form of activity.
In such uncertain times it is important that you look after your mental health. Many people are self-isolating and we are all social distancing. For many of us though the situation has made us slow down and also given us more opportunity to spend time with our families. Whether it is yoga, meditation, relaxation techniques, or reading a book, make sure you look after your mental health.
Many of us are disappointed to have had one or more events cancelled; swim, bike, run, any group gathering has been cancelled for the next few months. This can make motivating yourself difficult, so why not search for an event at the latter part of the year and enter now. Maybe consider starting on a new form of exercise and enter an event linked to this; don’t forget running is free and great for your mental and physical health.
Perhaps take on a couch to 5km programme and then enter a longer race which takes part later in the year. The Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon is a great event for all range of abilities from beginners to experienced runners and takes place on Sunday 18th October.
And finally, it would be so easy to make excuses and stay on the sofa! Don’t let this happen; get your trainers on and use your daily allowance to get outside and keep moving; ensure you follow the 2m social distancing rule and above all else smile and wave at people you see and spread some cheer.