With the temporary closure of gyms and fitness centres as a result of lockdown, keeping fit has become a challenge for many of us. We are now faced with having to re-evaluate the way we exercise and re-think our training schedules. Although this may be daunting at first, it actually provides us with the perfect opportunity to get creative with our workouts and add flexibility to our routines! As a way to help you navigate these difficult times, we have put together this helpful guide on keeping fit during lockdown.
Read on to find out why it’s important and how to best go about it.
Importance of Keeping Fit During Lockdown
Lockdown makes it very easy for us to lose motivation, particularly when it comes to staying in shape. However, it is just as important to maintain your training now as it is any other time. Here’s why:
1. Exercise is great for mental wellbeing - As you’ve probably heard a million times before, working out is just as beneficial towards your mental health as it is towards your physical health. When you workout, your brain releases endorphins - AKA happy hormones. This is why you may notice a mood boost when you workout - something we could all use during lockdown!
2. Working out keeps us healthy - This is pointing out the obvious, however it is important to remember that even though you may be stuck at home, it’s still important to stay in shape for the sake of your health. Regular exercise works wonders for your inner health. It reduces your risk of heart attack, lowers cholesterol, decreases the risk of diabetes and some cancers, and strengthens bones, muscles and joints.
3. Regular exercise can improve energy levels - If, like most of us, you are feeling sluggish during lockdown, the best thing you can do is workout! Studies show that regular exercise can have astonishing effects on reducing fatigue and increasing motivation.
How to Keep Fit During Lockdown
We know the why, so now let's move onto the how. Here are our top suggestions for staying fit during lockdown:
1. Join a virtual class. With the temporary closure of fitness centres, most gyms are now taking their fitness classes to the web. This is a great opportunity to maintain your fitness whilst still supporting your local gym during the lockdown. Titan Fitness is currently offering a number of our classes online. Whether your preference is HIIT, pilates, yoga or zumba, you can now do them all from the comfort of your own home. Click here to view our timetable
2. Find a friend or bubble-buddy. One of the best ways to motivate yourself to workout is to exercise with a friend. If you have a friend who lives within 5km of your home or a bubble-buddy, consider meeting up at a local park and working out together. This will not only motivate you (and your friend) to stay fit, but will also be a great form of COVID-safe socialisation! Our Titan Pairs sessions allow you to pair up with another Titan member for an intense 30-minute workout with one of our motivating Trainers. To book a Titan Pairs session, click here.
3. Meet your Personal Trainer outside. Although personal training is not currently permitted indoors, it is still perfectly fine to have 1-on-1 sessions outside. Meeting your PT for an outdoors session is a great idea, particularly if you don’t have a lot of exercise equipment at home or if you are finding it difficult to get yourself going. Our Titan PTs are available for 1-on-1 training around Coogee. To book a session for yourself, click here.
4. Up that step count! Arguably the easiest way of staying in shape during lockdown is to maintain a solid daily step count. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recommends aiming for 10,000 steps per day. This may seem like a lot, but there are a number of ways you can increase your step count without chewing up too much extra time. Our top tips are:
Incorporate daily walks into your routine
Take the stairs
Walk wherever you can (to the shops, to appointments, to school drop-offs/pick-ups)
Walk and talk (try and walk around while taking phone calls)
The Titan Team is looking forward to welcoming you back into our gym as soon as possible. In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to continue to workout in whichever way suits you best!