What a strange couple of weeks it’s been for us all.
I don’t think there are many people that the current situation hasn’t had an impact on!
People working from home, children off of school for the foreseeable future. Some worried if they will have a job, and other key workers being stretched to their very limits.
It’s easy to think that we can’t do anything to help, and on the global scale that may be the case, other than following the social distancing guidelines, and staying home.
What can we do for others
I believe we can all do something.
Just by checking in on someone, particularly those that are living alone, a Whatsapp video chat or a little text, can go a long way. A nod or a smile whilst observing the social distancing rules. You may be the only person that person has seen that day. Make that contact a positive one. Be kind to those around you. It has been scientifically proven, that being kind is good for the health and wellbeing of both the giver and the receiver(by raising levels of oxytocin). Find out more about this, by listening to Doctor Chaterjee conversation with David Hamilton phd here. David is the author of many books and has it all backed up with Science.
What can we do for ourselves
Share a skill. We all have different skills, that we can share with others. If you have more time available, what about doing a skill swap?
Learn a new skill on-line. There are many places to learn on-line, that are either free or reasonably priced. Check out Udemy for example
Taking time, to reflect and really appreciate the important things, and people in your life.
Getting ourselves more organised, and doing all those things you never had time to do.
More time for exercise. Maybe this could be a good opportunity to get fit?
With gyms off limits it’s time to get creating in your work outs. Maybe try an on-line class, many instructors are offering free or paid for classes. Check out my free pilates class here. I will be posting more of these over the coming weeks so do look out for these. Also, what a great opportunity to try a class that you haven’t tried before.
If you don’t have any equipment this doesn’t need to be a limiting factor either.
There’s plenty you can do with just your body weight.
Whether you like to train hard and fast or something a little slower there’s something for every one.
You could also use your body instead of using weights, just by changing your body position… see here for how.
There are plenty of high intensity classes around, putting an interval timer on with some of your favourite music is great for motivation/ Spotify has some timers which include timers specifically for workouts. Search for tabata. Also tabata apps in the app store. Here’s a quick tabata workout with me.
Tracy Swindell is a former GB international marathon runner who has trained and competed in a number of sports from a young age. She is passionate about helping people reach their potential and is a strong believer in empowering her clients to understand and care for their own bodies.
Always updating her skills to get the best possible results for her clients, Tracy’s extensive studying covers coaching and movement-based qualifications including intrinsic biomechanics, anatomy in motion, pilates and yoga.