I love love love my gym and miss it so much but I’ve also been loving changing up my exercise routine over the past month. I’m that weird person that genuinely looks forward to my exercise every day, I think when I quit swimming I realized how important moving your body was and how fun exercise could be without it being so strict. I never want to limit myself to be good at one form of activity because I think it is important not only for our bodies but for our minds to try new things.
When I was swimming I was always self-conscious of being ‘too muscly’ or ‘too strong’ and it’s so funny now because I think there’s nothing cooler than being strong and having the ability to do any form of activity you like. I’ve been really trying to focus on mobility and working my core and smaller muscles to avoid injury (I did a half marathon a few months ago without training and my hamstrings been a bit niggly ever since.) so no running for me during lockdown… However, I’ve loved incorporating more Pilates, HIIT and just walking and biking to my everyday routine. I thought I’d go through what my weekly routine roughly looks like.
I’ve never been much of a planner when it comes to exercise, I just do whatever I feel like doing on the day. It’s been fun isolating with my family as most of us love exercise in the morning (the others we force to join anyway) and I’ve been writing a lot of circuits for us to all do together. Which we at least do twice a week!
I’ve also been using the Centr website a couple times a week (which has 6 weeks free over lockdown) and have loved their HIIT and MMA sessions. They also have delicious plant-based recipes!
I’m a big fan of Natacha Oceane and have been using her app for months before lockdown so I decided to buy her at home reload program because she has awesome strength sessions and I didn’t want to heaps of muscle over this time. If you haven’t seen her stuff you have to check her out on youtube, she’s amazing.
I’ve been doing a lot of core training and love Sarah’s Day Pilate sessions. My gym has been posting lots of yoga which I’ve been enjoying on slower days or even just random online workouts that pop up on instagram! earthyandy, kirstygodso and womanshealthmag are some of my favourites.
I finally bought an exercise ball and my new goal is to do a squat on one and have been focusing on single leg drills to increase my strength and mobility as well as handstands (that’s been really fun) I’m lucky enough to be isolating in an area where there is heaps of room to move around such as walking on the beach and going for bike rides around the farm.
I think the most important thing at the moment isn’t to be the ‘skinniest’ or the ‘strongest’ you’ve ever been but trying to be as healthy as you can be and most importantly as happy as you can be. Regular, moderate intensity exercise is beneficial for your immunity. So, don’t go crazy but if you’re lucky enough to be safe at home definitely get outside and move your body everyday.