Staying Fit and Active During Lockdown

Woman Outside Running
Woman Outside Running

Regular Exercises Boosts Physical and Mental Health

Whilst you’re at home, it’s likely that you’ll experience periods of low mood and low motivation due to the current situation but try to push through that where you can. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we want to try help you do that by reminding you that exercise is a great thing that helps not only improve your physical fitness but boosts your mood and has a really positive effect on your mental health too.

You may usually follow a gym routine that includes attending your Xercise4Less gym one a week or maybe every day of the week and even though you’re unable to follow your usual gym routine, there are lots of ways you can exercise at home. Try to establish a regular exercise routine where you can as the benefits will make it all worth it.

Man doing Home Workout with Weights

Short and Regular Exercise is Key

Despite our gyms being closed and you being unable to follow your regular gym routine, there are a number of ways that you can keep exercising in the comfort of your own home or garden. It might not be the same but it’s a refreshing change to keep your mind and body occupied until we can reopen again.

We’re all recommended to exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. This is more than enough to stimulate our bodies and minds and leave us feeling energised. We always say that there is no such thing as a bad workout as whatever you choose to do always makes you feel better afterwards. If you can’t commit to a full hour session every day, that’s not a problem. Instead, do something for just 20 minutes a day that raises your heart rate, gets your muscles working and releases those all important endorphins around your body.

There is a wide range of exercising that you can do in just 20 minutes. Staying active is really important as it can help you stay on track with your progress already made so far this year, it will have a positive impact on your mental health too and it gives you something to do. Lockdown isn’t always easy so on your quieter days, try to fit in a short workout and you’ll soon notice how good it’ll make you feel.

Mix Up Your Workouts and Keep it Fun

Are you struggling for a bit of motivation for your home workouts? Maybe you’re used to your typical gym routine and can’t follow that whilst at home. Whatever your current situation, we have a few ideas of things that you can do whilst our gyms are temporarily closed to keep fit and active.

You could follow a HIIT workout at home. High intensity interval training is great for weight loss and requires no equipment. HIIT workouts tend to be short meaning that you exercise for only 15-20 minutes and still make significant progress towards your fitness goals. Go for a fast walk or run. The Government has allowed one form of outdoor exercise a day so make the most of that because it’s bound to make you feel better afterwards. Even something as simple as dancing is a great way to stay active and fit at home. Stick on your favourite music and dance around your house or garden to raise your heart rate and burn calories!

Use your free time to try something new. Remember those New Year’s Resolutions? Now is the perfect time to put them into action. Try Yoga for the first time or improve your flexibility and mobility with some stretches. This sort of activity is great for your physical and mental health and will allow you to keep making significant progress whilst our gyms are temporarily closed. Also, once our gyms do reopen, you’ll be able to jump straight back into your old gym routine because you have been staying active.

Workout at Home to Smash Your Goals

Do you remember why you joined one of our gyms in the first place? Whether that was to help you lose weight, build up strength and muscle, tone and condition or just to have a positive impact on your mental health, you can still do exactly that at home until our doors open again.

You’re not going to cancel out any of that hard work if you continue to exercise at home whether it’s low or high intensity. We understand how important your fitness journey is to members of our fitness community and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts for different fitness abilities and fitness goals so that everyone can focus on their physical and mental health by staying active.