How to keep your fitness levels up during lockdown
The first three weeks of lockdown are over. If your fitness routine still hasn’t got out of the starting blocks, what are you waiting for? The endorphin rush you experience during exercise leaves you feeling energised and alive and is key to maintaining good mental health – something everyone needs to keep an eye on during these stressful times. Here are four easy ways to get moving.
You may not be able to hit your favourite step class, but that doesn’t mean you can’t step at home. No stairs? No problem. Simply find a big, heavy book and get cracking. The best thing about stepping? You can do it while you’re watching your favourite series!
Looking for a challenging cardio workout that doesn’t require much space? Grab a skipping rope and get moving. There are plenty of benefits to this form of exercise, including improved co-ordination, increased bone density, stronger ankle and feet muscles and weight loss. Fitness bible Men’s Health gives this workout two thumbs up: “Skipping rope is one of the most effective cardio exercises around, per a study that found just 10 minutes a day with the rope was comparable to 30 minutes of jogging.” If you’re keen to give it a try, follow one of their recommended workouts here.
If your day typically starts or ends with a run, there’s no reason to stop your routine. People around the world have run marathons around coffee tables, down passageways and on balconies – get inspired by their stories here – so there’s no reason you can’t put in a few kilometres each day.
Do the housework
Someone’s got to keep the house and garden clean and tidy – and deal with the piles of dishes caused by lockdown snacking. The good news, according to WebMD, is that you can burn plenty of kilojoules while you’re doing it. Here’s how many you can expect to use up in 30 minutes spent doing the following*:
- Making and changing the beds – 782 kj
- Washing dishes and tidying after a meal – 782 kj
- Mowing the lawn – 564 kj
- Washing the car – 564 kj
Raking and bagging leaves – 502 kj
*Kilojoules burned are based on each task being undertaken by an individual weighing approximately 56kgs. If you weigh more, you’ll burn more during the same period of time.