Do you feel lockdown has made it practically impossible to stay active and healthy?
Do you feel the weight gain is happening quickly, and you can feel it in your body? For example, eating more often than you would typically, snacking more often, and not even hungry?
We are hearing it all the time from our members. But, we also get how hard it is to get motivated to workout as you stare blankly at your home gym set up, not knowing what to do!
Here are six tips that you can implement today that will boost your health, energy levels and motivation. You need to take a couple of steps and you will start to feel a sense of accomplishment.
This level of small success can snowball into many changes leading to your very own transformation.
Let's dive in:
1) Structured meal times: set your meal times; a guide is to eat every 3-4 hours and make sure you do not have anything in between outside of water or herbal teas.
So your schedule may look like this:
2) Keep muscles strong: to reduce stiffness and pain in your body and keep your metabolism up, you need to keep working your muscles. Keeping muscles strong is not going for a walk; I mean resistance training; getting your muscles to contract against a weight or force.
3) Move more: This is about increasing the incidental activity throughout your day and simply moving more. For example, aim to go for a walk 30-60min each day. Walk around your house while talking on the phone and move your body after 45mins of sitting and working.
4) Hydrate: the feedback we get is that people are drinking less water in lockdown. Drinking water makes you feel better, increases your ability to cope, and helps to regulate your metabolism and quantities consumed in a day, which impacts your weight.
Here is a good breakdown of a healthy day of water: 2 cups hot water on waking before breakfast + 1 cup of water at morning tea + 1 cup 15mins before lunch + 1 cup tea with pm snack + 1 cup 15min before dinner + 1 cup tea 30mins before bed + 1 cup after a walk/ workout
5) Healthy sleeping habits: aim to get your 8 hours of sleep daily. Working from home can bring about bad habits of staying up late and sleeping in or getting less sleep. Lack of sleep increases our hunger and craving for carbohydrate foods and decreased our ability to cope. Be disciplined with your sleep; it is super important at this time!
6) Routine: we are creatures of habit, and routine makes us feel purposeful and safe. Creating routines is helpful in lockdown. Consider routines for:
If you need help, we can help. We are open in the virtual world, offering our members individualised small group live-stream workouts, guidance, monthly recipe packs and community connection to get them through this tough time, and we would love to help you.
We are offering virtual small group workout sessions and 30min 1 on 1 PT sessions, where we can utilise any equipment that you may have.