As somebody who loves spending time at home, the lockdown hasn’t been particularly difficult for me, especially in comparison to some of my friends. I’m lucky I can still do the majority of my hobbies and have taken this time to be more creative, working towards some writing goals, finally joining a book club and even trying my hand at painting!
There’s one hobby that I am missing though, which is working out in the gym. I’d say this has been the biggest upheaval to my routine, as I usually work out 4-5 times a week with my best friend. Working out alone at home just isn’t the same. I also have very minimal equipment, so weight training is a no-go.
However, I have found some fantastic home workouts that are helping to keep me motivated, so I thought I’d share them.
Running remains my favourite form of exercise. I generally prefer long-distance training with my club because I get such a great sense of achievement from it, but running long distances on your own is difficult. Seriously, how do people stay motivated? Instead, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks doing shorter distances and aiming to improve my pace. I’ve neglected to do any kind of speed training since early 2019 as I was so focused on getting the distance in for my half-marathon, so it’s been great to take a different approach. Last week, I completed my fasted 5km in twelve months and achieved my quickest 1km pace, so hopefully, the sprint training is paying off.
Boxercise classes on YouTube
Usually, I try to incorporate at least 20 minutes of cardio into every session at the gym and I want to keep this up while I’m self-isolating at home. I’ve found short but sweet boxing videos on YouTube are a great way to do this. PopSugarFitness has tonnes of options and the below are my personal favourites:
30-minute kickboxing class
25-minute no-equipment cardio boxing
15-minute boxing (great to do as a warm-up)
Leg day with resistance bands
Fortunately for me, my friend bought me some resistance bands for my birthday and I’ve definitely made the most of them over the last few weeks. I’m using them as part of my leg day training, twice a week, with a focus on trying (emphasis on trying) to build up my glutes. My favourite exercises so far are squats and squat pulses, standing kickbacks and lunges. There are loads of tutorials online too, which are helping with my form.
Yoga with Adriene
I’m still very new to yoga, having only started doing it regularly over the last couple of months but I’m enjoying it so far, even though I’m not flexible at all! I’m very much a beginner but can already feel it helping with my core strength and balance, as well as helping me to relax and unwind. I tend to do yoga a couple of times a week, either at the end of a cardio workout or on my rest days. Yoga with Adriene on YouTube has been a godsend, mainly because she has so many different types of videos – take a look at them all here.
I’d love to hear how everybody is staying motivated with their fitness during the lockdown, so if you’ve got any top tips, please feel free to share!