Staying active has never been more challenging than during this time of self-isolation, but it has also never been more important to make sure we are taking care of ourselves and our bodies. Not being able to go to classes or the gym for the next few weeks doesn’t mean you can’t get inventive with how you exercise and keep fit! I have already been at home for 2 weeks now, having been in isolation since the travel restrictions came into play, and have come up with some tips to help you get creative and keep moving:
- Clear some space in your living room to give yourself 2-3m squared of space. This is all you need to get a HIIT session in.
- Some lower body ideas: jumping squats, star jumps, burpees, lunges and skipping (with or without a rope). 30 seconds of each exercise one after the other x 5 rounds. Give yourself 1 minute rest in between.
- Some upper body ideas: seated shoulder presses, lateral raises, frontal raises, shrugs and Y’sT’sW’s. Use bottles of water or some heavy books to add resistance, again with 30 seconds of everything and 5 rounds through, with a minute rest in between each set.
- Get outside once a day (adhering to the social distancing rules, click here for the government guide to social distancing) for a walk, run or ride to get some fresh air and clear your mind.
- If you’re working from home make sure your desk space is set up ergonomically and take regular breaks throughout the day. Prepare a simple 2-3 minute stretch session to go through to keep the body moving.
Good news for those of you needing to check your workstation set up, Willis Street Physiotherapy and Wellington Sports Med are now offering online appointments, including workstation assessments. See below for more information on this service: