My advice for exercising or finding a new regime within lockdown, the do's and the don'ts to get you started on the right path.
Scrolling through Instagram can be amazing and motivating, it can also make us feel incredibly guilty, that is the part which I hate about social media. Sometimes I find myself looking at other fitness professionals or "influencers" and even I get that feeling of pure overwhelm; it can give us that fear that we are not doing enough, that we are not lean enough or that our skin is not firm enough, or contoured enough, that we are not burning 1000 calories in a workout so therefor we are not working hard enough right? No, wrong. It can make us question ourselves and where to get started, in turn we can take a whole 360 and then not want to train at all.
Here's my tips for anyone looking to get into exercise during the lockdown period:
1. Follow some basic breakdown exercise tutorials on YouTube on how to perform the fundamentals correctly, such as the squat, plank, deadlift, press. You can also hire a PT to do Zoom sessions with you if you want real-time feedback from a certified person. This is the perfect time to focus on our form, to learn in the privacy of your own home and perfect technique so that when we get back into the gym our bodies are prepped and we minimise the risk of injury. You don't need masses of gym kit, just a couple of bits to get you going, think a couple of light dumbbells and maybe a heavier kettlebell.
2. Listen to your body. You know your body far better than anyone else does, if you are following a class or workout video online and it is telling you to do high knees and squat jumps which are giving you sharp pains in your knees, then obviously do not preform them. For every exercise that is not right for your body there are 100 more that are. There is not one size fits all when it comes to the "best exercises".
3. Do not purely focus on the numbers, there is a LOT more to training that just focusing on how many calories have been burnt in a workout, this number does not determine how hard you have worked or how good your results are going to be! This number does not show you how much lean muscle tissue you have built, it does not show you how much you have improved your strength and it is not even the most effective way to achieve weightloss, so don't believe the hype. u don't need masses of gym kit, just a couple of bits to get you going, think a couple of light dumbbells and maybe a heavier kettlebell.
4. Get into a routine. One of the biggest reasons that people fail is due to not having a routine. Schedule in your diary when you will be exercising, write this in as an appointment with yourself and stick to it. Look at the best times for you and that are going to suit your schedule. The sessions do not have to be long, they just have to be realistic and consistent. Brand new to training, could you commit to 30 mins 2-3 X per week.
5. Most importantly have FUN with it! Exercise is there to enhance our lives, to make us feel better on the inside not just the outside. To adhere to a programme we need to gain some kind of enjoyment from it and see some benefit.
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