Keeping fit at a social distance

Friday 3rd April 2020

With gyms, swimming pools and sports clubs all closed, staying fit whilst following the Government’s guidelines on social distancing might require a little creative thinking and a change of routine. So, if you don’t have a garage full of fitness gear, our top 10 tips on staying in shape without the gym.

Cardio before Cornflakes

Not only is it a great way to start to the day, but recent studies show an improvement in fat burning when exercising before breakfast. You can also expect to feel happier and more optimistic after a morning workout due to the rush of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, those feel-good chemicals that will boost your mood and help reduce stress. In the morning, aerobic or cardio workouts are the best exercise to go for.

Go from couch to 5K

Download the excellent ‘Couch to 5K’ app to your mobile and you could be running 5K comfortably in just nine weeks. Just remember to stay local and stick to wide open spaces.

A brisk walk round the block

If running isn’t really your thing, try to go for a daily walk close to home. Everyone is different, but many people can burn 3-400 calories by walking at a realistic pace of 3 – 4mph for sixty minutes.

Practice your Pilates

You could improve your body’s flexibility and build strength without taking a step outside and, if you need a little help to get started, there are plenty of online resources and classes.

Swap exercise for dancercise

Virtual dancercise classes from the likes of 305 Fitness will give you a fast paced cardio work out and, if you always wanted to boogie like Beyoncé, try Seen on Screen for celebrity inspired routines.

 HiiT your home workout

It’s not just PE with Joe for the kids, there are plenty of High-intensity Interval Training (HiiT) routines to be found on YouTube aimed at beginners and fitness fanatics alike.

Use your own bodyweight

Simple no-equipment exercises such as planks, push ups, sit ups and star jumps are great ways to build both strength and fitness.

Take the stairs

Climbing the stairs can burn more calories than jogging, so why not try to see how many times you can go up and down your own stairs without wearing yourself out.

Clean yourself fit

Did you know that a couple of hours vacuuming the house each week could burn up to 350 calories? With cleanliness more important than ever, it’s time to turn household chores into a workout.

Make time for playtime

From table tennis in the dining room to Swingball in the back garden, keeping fit doesn’t need to feel like exercise, just have fun with the people you live with.