Rethink your fitness goals
You’re not alone in thinking that this lockdown is tougher than the last. Due to the winter weather, you may find you’re spending more time in your pyjamas, curled up in front of the TV with your favourite comfort food. Finding the motivation to exercise is harder than ever, so it might be time to rethink your fitness goals.
A study by University College London has found that 40% of people are doing less exercise this time around, compared to the last lockdown in spring 2020. (Source: University College London 2021)
Last year, people were finding new ways to stay active, taking advantage of the warm weather to be outside for long walks, runs or cycle rides. But now the novelty has worn off.
Make small changes
There are some small changes you can make to try to incorporate some activity back into your routine.
Try things that take minimal effort – going for a walk is easy as you don’t have to change your clothes or find additional equipment.
Change your fitness goals – working out to lose weight or get fit are long-term goals, which feel too far away at the moment. However, if your goal is to feel better, you will feel this straight after each exercise.
Don’t compare yourself to others – many people share their workout achievements on social media, which can make you feel bad about yourself. Everyone is different, so just focus on you!
Find what works for you – not all of us are runners and weightlifters! Put some music on and dance around your kitchen, find a HIIT workout on YouTube (there are loads!), or do some simple stretches.
Anything that allows you to move your body for a little while will make you feel better, and not just physically – you’ll also feel a great sense of achievement, so you can pat yourself on the back and say, ‘I did it!’
Be kind to yourself
We’ve said it before, but don’t be hard on yourself! We have never experienced a situation like this before, so none of us know how to deal with it properly.
Try to do one thing each day to make yourself feel better – phone or text a friend or family member for a chat, watch your favourite ‘feel good’ movie, treat yourself to nice food, or do a bit of exercise.
However, if you are struggling and feel like you need extra support, you can refer yourself to Community Living Well. Take a look at our services and find something that works for you, then complete this online form, or speak to your GP and they can refer you.
Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 3rd February 2021