No gym for some time at least?! If you’re happy to laze about, no problem, but if you’re a gym bunny who loves to keep fit, these 5 weeks could be torture! Never fear – working out during lockdown is possible, and we’ll help you keep in shape with these simple exercises that you can do at home with no (or minimal) equipment. And don’t forget, you should also be eating right to keep yourself fit and healthy!
All of the following exercises should be done for short periods of around 5 minutes or whatever feels comfortable for you. Work out a routine for yourself that includes short bursts of exertion with short breaks to improve your cardio fitness. Your exercise routine should make you sweat, but you should never push yourself until you feel ill.
Here’s how you can keep fit during lockdown
Start with your feet hip-width apart. Jump up, then immediately drop down and place your hands on the floor. Jump your feet back into plank position. Do a push-up. Jump your feet back to your hands, jump up, and repeat x 15, twice.
2. Jumping jacks
Stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Jump your legs apart, while swinging your arms above your head into a clap. Jump your feet together, while bringing your arms back down to your sides. Repeat x 20, 3 times.
Short sprints are great to improve cardio. You need a little space for this exercise, so it’s best done in the garden (or in a long passage if you have one inside). Once you have warmed up with some slow jogging on the sport, start in a runners lunge, then launch into a short, straight sprint. Run as fast and hard as you can for a short distance, then rest and repeat x 10 sprints, 3 times.
4. Stair running
This is great if you live in a double storey, or a block of flats with stairs. Run up and down the stairs as fast as you can for 2 minutes. Give yourself a 1-minute break, then repeat. 5 sets of 2 minutes will give you a good workout.
Got a skipping rope? Or even just a length of rope? Jumping rope gives you an amazing cardio workout. Do it for 5 minutes at a time with a 2-minute break. Click here to determine the correct rope length for your height.
Work out at home to keep yourself healthy
Working out isn’t just about staying in shape or losing weight – it makes you healthy and strong so you’re less likely to fall ill and boosts your mood for improved mental health.
Personal trainers, health plans such as Vitality and gyms, are all offering free online training with videos galore from 10 min abs to 60 min HIIT workouts. Have a look online and find a workout that suits your mood for the day. However you plan to keep fit during lockdown, remember that it’s essential to keep your body moving! And above all… stay safe!