The last few months have been crazy. We’ve been working from home, homeschooling our children, some of us have unfortunately lost our jobs, and many of us have been living in some form of lockdown, unable to see our loved ones or do the things that we enjoy. All that disruption can be unhealthy, even if you haven’t actually been ill.
When it comes to exercise, things have been tough. Most gyms have been closed. You may not have been able to work out in your usual locations, or even go running or cycling with usual exercise buddies. At some point, even those of us with the best of intentions have lost motivation. We’ve let standards slide, we’ve got out of our usual routines, and so our stamina and strength have suffered. You may have gained body fat, and your fitness levels might not be what they were.
Maintaining an exercise routine isn’t just about keeping your fitness levels up. Having a routine and burning off some negative energy can be a great way to boost your mental health and mood. It can give you something stable in this crazy world and, if you were to catch COVID-19, being fit and healthy may help lessen your symptoms. Here are some tips to help you stick to a routine.
Get into Flexible Habits
We don’t know what the coming months may bring. We don’t know if there will be more lockdowns or restrictions. We don’t know if we’ll always be able to go to the gym. So, while a routine is important, you need to be flexible. It’s ok if you lift at home using one of the best sit up benches, but it’s also ok to do it at the gym. Running outdoors is great, but treadmill running is good, too.
Stock Up on Supplies
Make sure you’ve got everything that you need to work out at home or outdoors. You don’t need to spend a fortune on gym equipment. If that isn’t an option for you right now, you can still get a great workout with a pair of running shoes and your own body weight.
Stick to Workout Days
Schedule your workouts in your diary. Choose days that you will work out and write them down. Stick to these days, and even times, if you can. Don’t let yourself make excuses. Have a shorter workout if you need to, or even just go for a walk. On your workout days, make sure you do some exercise instead of letting yourself make an excuse.
Set Yourself Targets
Things might be far from normal right now, but setting exercise goals will still help you to stay motivated and focused. Keep them small and attainable, and make changes when you need to. Build up to your goals slowly, and don’t be disappointed if you aren’t as fit as you used to be. But, make sure there’s always something that you’re working toward.