We asked some of SA’s top fitfluencers for their top #lockdown training tips, and how they’re staying sane.
Train first thing in the morning. This has really helped me because it means I don’t have to deal with the lost motivation that often happens later in the day.
This is also a great time to focus on those goals you never seem to get to and finally plan how you’re going to achieve them.
As an added extra, I also ensure that I meditate daily.
My main concern during lockdown was how to work out in the small space I have and with limited equipment.
The best tip I can share from my experience so far is to just keep it basic and simple.
Work with what you have and slow down all your movements as this really helps to increase intensity!
I had to change up my workouts as I can’t work out as I do at gym due to the limited equipment and space. All my workouts are now weights combined with plyometrics and HIIT.
My lockdown “stay sane” tips? There is not a minute in my house that I do not play music! I feel music really helps me to relax in this stressful time.
I also avoid going onto social media too much as a lot of people are spreading fake news and that can cause unnecessary stress.
Besides work, I make time to do things I love, like baking – every other day I bake clean treats to snack on.
Last but not least, I maintain a routine. I wake up at 6 am, train, and then get ready for my work day. After my final meeting for the day I do another workout.
My top training lockdown tip is stick to a set time each day for your workouts, just as you would out of lockdown. This will help to maintain routine and creates structured days.
My top stay sane lockdown tip is to limit the amount of time spent on social media and other media outlets such as news channels. I find if I am not careful about how much information I’m exposed to, especially as it isn’t always positive, it can make lockdown difficult and depressing.
It’s easy to lose motivation but when you do, remember why you started. The nicest thing about resistance training is that it’s so versatile. Use what you have, like a couch for leg presses and chair for Bulgarian split squats or triceps dips. The trick is to always connect mind to muscle.
Avoid watching too much news – it can cause panic and distress. Catch up on your favourite series, read a book, or learn a new skill (I am learning how to cook and I’m enjoying it). Exercise as much as you can because your body needs it.
My top lockdown training trip is to just move. Whether it’s a quick 20-minute bodyweight workout, or walking around your house to get steps in, I think getting your blood flowing and releasing endorphins is vital to being consistent while in lockdown.
The most effective thing that has helped me stay sane is establishing a routine for myself. I still get up at the same during the week, make breakfast, work until the evening and then train.
I’ve tried my best to make life in lockdown as normal and as close to my regular routine as possible!
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.