Today I took at 75-minute walk outside in the sunshine.
It was truly blissful.
The air was fresh, the sun was genuinely warm (no small deal: I’m in England where sun and warmth do not always go together!), I was surrounded by trees, grass and even butterflies, and I felt very real feelings of gratitude, promise, peace and freedom.
I passed quite a few people on my walk… And yes, we kept our 2 metre distance 😉
There were people of all ages, some solo like me, others with children or a partner, or a dog.
It was really one of the most enjoyable walks of my life.
- Because I could actually take my sweater off and feel the heat of the sun on my skin for the first time in months. It was as warm as a summer day.
- Because even though everyone is having their own personal experience of “the thing” (as my friend likes to call it), the dominant vibe I was picking up was that people were feeling extremely grateful to actually get to pause, breathe, relax. Even if was just a temporary respite from real, more pressing issues.
Moving our body and getting fresh air is important at the best of times, but right now, it is crucial.
Whether you are in good spirits right now or really struggling to stay positive, the facts are that we are all feeling much more EMOTION than normal.
If we don’t process this emotion and have it move around and exit out of our body, then we could get sick at worst, and start climbing the walls at best.
I doubt you aspire to either of those scenarios.
And you don’t need to go there!
We all know that exercise is a key part of creating and sustaining vibrant health, and now with lockdowns or semi-lockdowns in place, finding a way forward with this is more important than ever.
We have to consciously construct something fun and beneficial for ourselves – for body, mind and spirit – especially if we are used to defaulting to a gym, leisure centre or a golf course.
So today I’m going to share a list of possibilities for you to explore, maybe things that you hadn’t thought of before, or, at least not for a long time.
This is actually an opportunity to pick something back up, try something new, or to mix things up in a way that maybe you’ve never mixed it up before – which is what I’m choosing to do.
Remember, you are multi-faceted and not just a heart or a head with limbs! Your entire body is going through all of the stresses and lifestyle changes with you right now, and it needs even more TLC than usual.
But no-one is going to do this for you, so you need to take some time, maybe 30 minutes, and explore your options, make some clear decisions and then get started on your new exercise routine.
Reminder: exercise doesn’t have to be complicated, drawn out, too demanding or boring!
It’s about finding the right way or ways for you.
The most important thing is to move daily – one way or another – and ideally do something that you LOVE and that you really look forward to and can’t wait to do.
NB: Obviously pay attention to current rules for your country/state as to where you can go and when, and who you can or can’t be with. And then plan accordingly.
- Roller skating/Roller blading
- Stretches and basic bodyweight workout
- Jumping rope
- Ball games with other members of household (e.g. Tennis, rounders, basketball etc.)
- Skipping games
- Cartwheels/Handstands (on grass!)
- Circuit training
- Martial arts
- T’ai chi
- Home workout – from a book or magazine
- Home workout – from a DVD, YouTube or TV
- Home workout – from an app, livestream or instagram
- Running up and down the stairs
- Martial arts
- T’ai chi
- Dancing – any style
- Stationery bike/Peloton
Did I miss any? Let me know!
MY OWN MORNING EXERCISE ROUTINE
As mentioned in an earlier post, my “old life” default was going to the gym 1-2x per day, 5-6x per week and on Mondays and Fridays I would work with a PT as well.
I used to take daily morning walks outside, but more recently those had been replaced by walking on the treadmill on an incline as I was on a fat-burning program and this was more potent than normal everyday walking, and more controlled.
Now I am gym-less, I find myself with very little home gym equipment because I got rid of a lot of it two house moves ago. So now I have a rebounder (mini trampoline), 2x 5kg weights, some resistance bands, a skipping rope, an ab roller/wheel, and some boxing gloves (hehe). Actually, they might come in useful next time I go toilet roll shopping…
I also have some fitness DVDs (showing my age here) and access to the very fun figure-of-8-dance-thing which, actually, I had filed and forgotten. I’m excited to try it out. I think you might be too, regardless of gender or age. Check it out here.
My plan is to spend 1 hour per day walking in the fresh air and 30-45 minutes on a whole body workout that gets me tired and sweaty.
During my walks I will listen to voice messages from friends or an audio book, and during my workouts I will no doubt have to be looking at a video most of the time as I tend to forget what I’m supposed to be doing, and appreciate the structure!
Here’s my weekly plan:
MONDAY: 1-hour walk in the morning + 30-minute boxercise workout + 15 minute yoga stretches
TUESDAY: 1-hour walk in the morning + 30-minute Body FX routine + 15 minute yoga stretches
WEDNESDAY: 1-hour walk in the morning + 30-minute mixed body weight workout + 15 minute yoga stretches
THURSDAY: 1-hour walk in the morning + 30-minute boxercise workout + 15 minute yoga stretches
FRIDAY: 1-hour walk in the morning + 30-minute Body FX routine + 15 minute yoga stretches
SATURDAY: 1-hour walk in the morning + 30-minute mixed body weight workout + 15 minute yoga stretches
SUNDAY: 90-minute walk + 15 minute yoga stretches
I’m going to try this out for a week and then tweak as necessary. I’ll also take my skipping rope outside and do 5 minutes in the fresh air before I take my walk.
Additional resource: One of my own PT’s, Gerhard, has create a really cool online workout and accountability package for those who want to workout at home. Read more here >
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