How to get your fitness mojo back post lockdown
Keen to get back on the metaphorical (or literal) treadmill as the world begins to open up again? We asked Pose Fitness founder Sarah Partington for her top tips for getting back in shape.
Sarah, a dancer turned fitness instructor and owner of Pose Fitness in Weedon, which specialises in core strength through dance-based fitness, knows just about everything there is to know about how to create a fitness routine that isn’t boring and won’t see you falling off the wagon after week one. She shares her tricks for staying on track and making exercise actually fun. Yes, really!
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Remember, no one else has made it to class in the past 5 months – This is one thing we can say with complete confidence, for the first time in history. Whether you love your yoga class or you drag yourself to that cardio class each week, you are not the only one that has broken the routine. Routine and habit are key to anything you want to achieve and it takes an average of 66 days to form a routine, so it’s safe to say that you have had longer than this NOT at the gym. Walking into a room full of people who are regular workout bunnies can be daunting but give yourself a little reminder…. we are all beginning again together!
DON’T OVER DO IT
Easy does it – we all know that one person who goes full force at the squats then can’t move for the next 5 days. Though energy and enthusiasm is a brilliant way to start a new exercise regime, the all or nothing routine has pretty much been proved ineffective over the years, right? Now we know you have all had a rested year, and are ready to hit the ground running, but ease yourself into your new routine. Choose workouts that are within your capabilities and will leave you feeling refreshed and eager for the next day. As Bruce Lee once said – “Consistency trumps intensity every time”!
Forget about the steps! – Just move, dance and laugh. Life is too short for boring workouts so have a little fun. Making mistakes is the fastest way to learn so we dare you to make as many as possible. Find a place to workout where you are encouraged, appreciated and along for the ride together so you can laugh your way back to fitness. Maybe even sing along too….
LET YOUR FAMILY JOIN IN
Involve your loved ones – let’s face it, we have seen a LOT of some of them this past year so it can be hard to break free into your own space and time again. Why not get your family to join you or bring back some fun new moves that you can recreate at home. At Pose we use hand weights and had lots of fun finding alternatives at home during lockdown so why not let loose and allow your family to be your cheerleaders.
Give your body a little bit of good fuel – workouts can be intense, so you cannot run on empty. A little goodness in your diet can go a long way, and by this I mean lovely yummy nutrient rich food. Now, that is not to say you can’t eat the donut (a personal favourite of mine) just find some slow release foods pre workout to make sure you don’t feel tired towards the end of class. Then, go on, treat yourself to the cake!