April is Get Moving Month! Which means that it aims to encourage and motivate people to get up and move to keep fit and active. Now, this may be a little bit difficult this year due to the circumstances that we are all in, but that does not mean that it is impossible.
Yes, we may be on lockdown, with gyms and local parks being closed, but there are plenty of other ways to get up and get moving. I feel as though it is not having the lack of resources that stops people from working out at home, but the lack of motivation that comes with being stuck in the house all day every day and getting into a lazy mindset. I for one, am guilty of this.
I went from going to the gym 2-3 times per week, to sitting on the sofa all day, writing blog posts, reading books and watching Netflix, when I could have been watching home fitness videos, or playing football in the garden.
A couple of days ago, I decided to check out the fitness videos on my Fitbit app. To access all of these you would have to be a premium member and pay £7.99 a month. However, during lockdown and everything else going on in the world right now, Fitbit have offered premium for free for three months! So I would have been crazy not to give it a try.
Through premium you can access various features such as:
- Cardio workouts
- Core workouts
- Full body workouts
- Dance Cardio workouts (a personal favourite of mine)
- Strength training
- More detailed heart rate and sleep tracking
I have tried one or two of the Dance Cardio workouts and I have to say they are quite enjoyable. I used to go to dance classes 3-4 times a week when I was younger and I did this for 10+ years. As life went by, other things started to become a priority and I eventually stopped dancing. I miss this greatly as it was an amazing source of fitness and exercise as well as being exciting (especially when doing dance exams and big shows on stages all over the country)
Since I stopped dancing, I have found that I do not exercise as much as I used to and although I enjoy the gym, I do not get the same thrill from it as I did through dancing.
So these fun and quirky dance cardio videos are perfect for me to break up my typical workout routine. I am hoping to use these more over the next few weeks/months and build up my motivation to exercise and keep fit again!
I am yet to try the Yoga videos, but they are definitely on my list as I have always wanted to try a Yoga class. I will be sure to write about them once I have given them a try.
If you do not have a Fitbit, you can use the likes of Youtube to find good home workout videos to try.
While the weather is nice, why not give these workouts a try in your back garden and take advantage of the sunshine while you can. The good thing about using workout video’s is that you can search around until you find something that is at the right level to suit you. Maybe you like a nice, easy workout with minimal equipment needed. Maybe you like upbeat cardio sessions, or dance based workouts. No matter what sort of workout that you like, there is bound to be something for you out there on the internet.
Even having a kick about in the garden with your children can be a good form of exercise if you really put the effort in and run around and dive for the football, not only will you have a good laugh, but a good workout too!
Good old fashioned skipping ropes are also great! You can relive your childhood and practice some different skipping skills, a great way to get your hear racing.
We are limited on leaving the house at the moment, but we are allowed to leave for an hour each day to exercise! So why not go for a run or a bike ride, or even just a walk! All of these are much better than sitting on the sofa all day!
What sort of things have you been doing to keep active during lockdown? Let us know in the comments below. Or you can send us your lockdown workout pictures via social media or to our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a chance to win a mystery prize when all of this is over *UK ENTRIES ONLY*