Full disclaimer – I do NOT look like this pre, during and post-workouts. Far from it. But I was filming an exciting workout-wear style edit for Sweaty Betty to share on my IGTV and decided to take some extra shots for this post. This isn’t about about tips on staying fit and healthy during lockdown (I’m one to talk – I had 2 ice-creams yesterday and 4 white toasts before dinner), but rather some thoughts, experiences and lessons. Some people find it super easy to just stick to a routine lockdown or not, whilst others need a bit more motivation. Emotions and feelings, especially during these uncertain times can play a big role in how we make decisions. The consequences of those decisions and overall mental health is what I learnt to keep in mind as a busy mum, business owner and most important of all – human being.
PRIOR TO LOCKDOWN
The first couple of weeks of lockdown were a mind (I’m going to say whirl and not swear here). I just started to get into regular gym sessions at my local gym, which I enjoyed thoroughly as I began to feel confident again about my abilities after having Leon. I looked forward to my little post-workout spa hour in the sauna and steam room in the gym before heading home for dinner and bed. Yeah – I was enjoying that, but then… lockdown… Like many, I pretty much snacked, snacked and snacked some more for the first two weeks with a “wtf” through my teeth at the situation. Fitness kind of took a back seat until I realised that this wasn’t about fitness at all.
I’ve always enjoyed working out first thing in the morning. Once it’s done I tend to make better food choices (although not always) and usually feel great as I’ve done something good for my body and mind. It hasn’t always been possible for me to go to the gym at all with my partner travelling a lot with work prior to lockdown, so I rarely had any “me time”. Now we are all home together and granted, me time is still non-existent, but we do try and work around each other to make sure we all get what we need to stay sane and happy. Because at the end of the day, exercise or ice-cream – it’s about the feeling that it gives us.
Like many many many many many many people, I started running outdoors again. Running is definitely the best way to get myself and my body moving when I’m not feeling 100%. Once you’re out the door – you just start running and with the fresh air and music in my headphones the energies go up pretty much instantly. Running in big parks was my preference prior to lockdown as I was in control of the speed, not traffic lights, people and cars. Social distancing can be a bit of a downer too nowadays when running as there are joggers absolutely everywhere. Majority mindful of each other, but this whole new awareness still takes away from the 100% enjoyment I used to get from running. Though still, when my mind is trying to tell me to “take a day off exercise” and do a simple stretch at home, I know that my body needs a serious sweat session instead. Tried and tested. Me 1, mind 0.
WORKOUTS AT HOME
Workouts at home were never a thing for me in the past. I’m always at home, working, mumming… so leaving the house to exercise was something I looked forward to. It was also an opportunity to spend some time with Sasha alone since she became old enough to join the gym. Something I look forward to when lockdown gets lifted, but meanwhile… Workouts at home! Can’t believe I’m saying this, but wow – I’m totally loving my 30 minute workouts at home when running seems like a hassle. I get the bedroom all to myself, nobody comes in for 30-40 minutes and although I’m still finding my ways with what I enjoy most, I’m totally loving it. I get to workout in a sports bra, leggings or shorts, bare footed, window open for fresh air and I can jump around and dance like nobody is watching. No crazy routines or programmes here either. I literally just type in YouTube “30 minute workout” and some days it’s HIIT, others a bit more toning and strength focus. There are a couple of classes that I’m always going back to as I enjoy seeing how much I have progressed with each exercise. Some days I’m killing it, others I’m lacking energy and feeling tired. But working out at home is something I’m definitely going to keep going when lockdown is over. What a fab way to alternate with outdoor running, gym sessions and simply fit into my busy life when possible.
Have you been making the most of the daily hour allowance outside? Did you take up jogging? Or like me, exercising at home? Would love to know.
Thanks for reading and as always – stay well.
*All items are gifted by Sweaty Betty (apart from trainers).