Fitness experts share their lockdown exercise advice

Navigating the lockdown isn’t easy for anyone, no matter how committed you are to health and fitness.

As cabin fever sets in and uncertainty grows regarding life after level 5, we spoke to some of South Africa’s most formidable fitness professionals and athletes for their tips on how best to cope.

Nicole Warburg Mackenzie

When it comes to training in lockdown, just do what you can with what you’ve got. Think outside the box – it really is amazing what you can do with a few simple items.

As an example, I did a Zoom class the other day with my clients using 2 tins and oh boy, did it burn. I was pleasantly surprised!

And get into a good routine. If you make training a daily priority, I promise you that your day will be so much better! Wake up, get moving, and get your blood flowing, even if it’s a short 15-20 minute workout. Just DO IT and make it a routine. You will thank me later.

It’s amazing to see how many people have realised just how important regular training is in their lives, especially when they feel the effects of those endorphins on their mood.

Lisa Raleigh

My suggestion is to plan everything the night before.

  1. Pack out your training gear.
  2. Plan what you’re going to do and where.
  3. Compile a motivating music playlist.

When training, put your phone on aeroplane mode so you can train uninterrupted. Ask your partner to watch the kids for that time and take turns to train with focus and intention. Make the time you have to train count!

And as lockdown restrictions drag on, it’s beneficial to change your surroundings as much as possible. Work from a different spot every day, with a few sessions outside for some fresh air with a view of the garden or distant trees. Nature keeps us grounded and balanced!

Kelly Robbertze

Don’t be too tough on yourself during this time. Expecting to train as hard, as often, and with as much focus as you were before is unrealistic. If you manage to maintain pre-lockdown levels of intensity and commitment, that’s fantastic. If not, that’s also okay!

As long as you’re conscious of what you’re putting into your body, you’ll be just fine!

Personally, I’ve embraced this time. As a personal trainer I hardly ever have the time for simple pleasures like cooking or binge watching series, painting or rearranging my home. Life has been so frantic for the last few months but I’ve been able to stop and take pleasure in the things I couldn’t previously.

I think a positive outlook is key to staying (mostly) sane.

Author: Shelby Imrie

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