I feel like all we are writing about/talking about currently is lockdown, and it’s weird. But yet again, it’s the current state that we are living in, to cope with this extremely bizarre situation we need to keep talking about it.
I’ve found during lockdown we have all seen the importance of outdoor fitness a little bit more, it’s a way that we can get out of the house, a way that we can keep sane. I’ve never seen this many people about walking and cycling ever and I think it would be fantastic if we could keep this up after lockdown.
Here’s a few ways to keep up outside exercise after lockdown:
Walk as much as you can
A daily walk has been essential for many people at the moment, and is even the highlight of the day for many of us. As one of the easiest forms of exercise, it’s something you’ll easily be able to keep up when lockdown is over. If you can, try leaving your car behind more often and consider walking to work – an hour’s walk in the morning can be really therapeutic!
While 10,000 steps a day isn’t the key to complete fitness, it’s a good place to start. Use a fitness tracker to keep an eye on your activity and start making an effort to walk more!
Join/start a sports team
Lockdown has been a lonely time, and it’s a good idea to set some goals or think of things you’d like to do when it’s over. If being more sociable is at the top of your list, why not join a sports team? Or even start your own? Design your own netball or hockey team kit and get a team together – it’ll be a lot of fun and a great excuse to meet some new people! Keep an eye out for leagues in your area; there’s a lot more going on than you realise!
Get on your bike
Cycling is the ideal way to get around, especially in the summer. Is there a better excuse to pack a picnic and head out for a day exploring the countryside? Not only that, but it’s a greener way to travel too. Most workplaces offer Cycle 2 Work schemes, helping you get a top of the range bike for less, with spread out payments. If you need any further convincing, check out some of the ways that cycling benefits your health.
Brave the outdoor HIIT
When life gets back to the new normal, your time will soon be eaten up again by work, chores and your social life. Finding the time to keep fit will likely fall down your priorities list, which is why a HIIT workout is perfect! Design your own HIIT workout with some of the best high-energy exercises or pop on a Joe Wicks YouTube video!
Staying fit right now is important for both your mental and physical health – and it passes the time! Surviving isolation is a challenge for us all, but hopefully there’s some light at the end of the tunnel! Stay on top of your health now and enjoy getting into fitness, it’ll be easier to keep it up once lockdown is over!
How are you going to keep up with exercise after lockdown?