Lockdown is coming to an end and restrictions are being eased! Currently you are able to meet outside with people in your household, support bubble or one other person from another household. From the 29th March, outdoor gatherings and Rule of 6 will be re-introduced. Get ready for the summer and try out our 5 ways to stay fit and healthy with a friend! Remember to maintain social distancing when exercising outdoors and stay safe.
Pick A Partner
Choose someone who you feel comfortable with and try to find something you will both enjoy! Having a partner to exercise with can help you to be more accountable and you are less likely to give up on your fitness journey. On days when I don’t feel up to the challenge, I have found my partner motivates me to stay on track and I am less likely to miss a session as someone else is relying on me!
Walk and Talk
It has been a while since we have all seen our friends and family so take this opportunity to catch up whilst getting in your steps. Smartphones have the ability to track the number of steps you take, how far you have walked and how many flights of stairs you have climbed. When taking a walk alone I am very aware of the time but walking with a partner was a big game changer for me! You won’t realise how fast the time flies by when hearing about everything your friends have been up to in lockdown.
Skipping is a great alternative to traditional cardio so get your heart pumping with a jump-rope workout. Did you know jumping rope is the equivalent of running a mile in eight minutes? Skipping is a full body workout and you can burn up to 1600 calories from an hour of skipping.
Pilates in the Park
Make use of the outdoors as the weather gets warmer. Follow a YouTube video or jot down specific positions and moves you would like to try out on your phone. It is a common misconception that you need to be fit and flexible to do Pilates but it is in fact the opposite. Pilates is designed to increase your flexibility and movement in your body. Another common misconception is that Pilates is just for women when in fact Pilates was developed by a man who was a gymnast, boxer and a military trainer.
Personally, I don’t classify cycling as exercise because I thoroughly enjoy going for a bike ride. It is so important to find exercises that you find enjoyable and that way you will look forward to exercising rather than seeing it as a chore. Stroll through your local neighbourhood and feel the wind through your hair!
Get competitive and play a game of tennis at your local park. You can book an hour slot and perfect your serve for the summer! A friendly game of tennis will flood your body with plenty of endorphins leaving you feeling happier and healthier.
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By Pooja Depala