The 2020 pandemic has taken us all by surprise.
At the start of this year, we were all living our lives as usual; hardly any of us could have predicted that a virus would quickly spread across the world. Many of us have faced difficulty and loss during this time. Even more of us have been facing troubles associated with socially isolating and not leaving our homes (other than for essentials such as food and medication) over the past few months. We’ve had to adapt to new routines and have had to alter our lifestyles in order to live in a way that doesn’t put us in physical contact with anyone who lives outside of our household. Now, one area we’ve mostly had to change is our fitness and exercise regimes. The standard recommendation, that we each need to get one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week, or seventy-five minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week, is still in place. But gyms are closed, fitness classes are closed, sports clubs are closed, and face to face personal training has been called off. So, many of us have been adapting with home workouts. Having tried something new in the comfort of our own homes, many of us are inspired to pick up some alternative activities once we can return to the outside world freely. Here are a few options you might want to look forward to and prepare for!
Many of us associate ballet classes with children or professional adults. But increasing numbers of places are offering beginner ballet classes for adults. This is an intense workout and will build on your strength, balance, flexibility, control, and more. So, start researching classes in your local area. You may also want to use this time at home to start saving or researching for the basics that you will need – namely ballet shoes in the right size and fit for your foot!
You may not have heard of pickleball before, but it’s actually great fun and an effective form of exercise! It’s a paddleboard sport that takes place on a tennis court. It combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Again, you can start preparing now. Purchase a good quality pair of shoes for pickleball and start familiarising yourself with the rules of the game.
More and more indoor climbing and bouldering facilities are cropping up as more and more people are becoming interested in this activity. Climbing and bouldering are extremely good for strength, grip and working your mind out as you figure out the best route up and down. You might want to invest in climbing gloves, climbing shoes and more.
There are so many different forms of exercise out there that are open to you. So, make post lockdown workouts a bit more fun than running on a treadmill in the gym for half an hour! Maybe one of the above suggestions will suit you!
Few things in life are as joyous and refreshing (as well as exhausting) as surfing. The experience is not only a total thrill, but it also has a calming and therapeutic effect on a person’s psyche.
It’s also one of the most fun things in the world to learn. Most people start out with a foam board until they get the hang of it, after which one progresses to a smaller, sleeker board. There is nothing like going out with a bunch of friends to soak up some sun and hit the waves.
Speaking of things that are fun in groups — ultimate frisbee is another joyride. The game is played in much the same way a soccer game is played, but when a teammate catches the disc, they have to freeze in place whil attempting to find an open target downfield.
If you’ve never tried it, it’s a great way to get some exercise while avoiding the risk of full-contact sports. By far the best disk to buy is the Discraft Ultra-Star, which is the sport’s official frisbee.
Now is the time to get prepped for trying new things!
While getting your training in at home, these are a few things to look forward to possibly trying when the world opens back up! Keep pushing to get better every day and enjoy your workouts!