As January comes to a close, many of us would normally be getting into our new exercise regimes at whichever gym we had signed up to. Just one more thing derailed by the pandemic. The good news is that the current tier 4 rules available on the gov.uk website mean you can still get your fitness fix.
If you were doubly keen to jump into your new year fitness regime after months at home, you have three options.
If you’ve struggled with staying indoors all day, outdoor exercise is a great option. When following the government guidance, you can still exercise with those you live with, your support bubble or one person from another household. But even without the social element, exercise in the open air has three significant benefits.
- Cold weather training can help improve your circulation and burn more calories.
- A change in exercise types can challenge new muscle groups and build new motor skills.
- Just looking at trees can improve your mood and help you to de-stress.
Although fitness centres are closed, fitness professionals are very much still active. Staying safe and keeping to the government guidelines will definitely change the way trainers can run in-person sessions, they can still run one to one training sessions.
Personal training sessions are a great option if you’re keen for real-world interaction and the motivation of an in-person session. However, if the winter weather isn’t your thing, trainers are going digital.
Almost every personal trainer and fitness centre has set up a way for you to keep going with online sessions and classes. From Instagram to Facebook Live to Zoom to apps, the digital transformation of the fitness industry is taking place and you can now find your fitness online.
So if you want to stay home and stay active, you can find a vast range of activities online. You might even choose an activity that you wouldn’t usually take at the gym.
So until fitness centres can re-open, stay active, whether that’s outdoors or online.