At Kaya, we acknowledge that there really is, nothing else quite like the joy of lockdown laziness. No hectic commute to and from work, no hours wasted in traffic, no obnoxiously early alarms. With so many commitments being cancelled, work slowing down, and quite frankly – no ‘real’ reason to put on pants all day, we can certainly relate to the joy of ‘doing less’.
However, when you notice that entire days have gone by and all you’ve done is stayed in your pyjamas all day binging on Netflix, you might start to feel sluggish or a sense of cabin fever from not moving your body enough.
At Kaya, even though we acknowledge all fitness clubs in Melbourne are closed, we recommend still trying to stay active during this time of global lockdown. Because after long periods without exercise, the total lack of movement can take a toll on your health.
If you are one of the people who exercised regularly prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and let that habit slide, don’t worry too much – everyone responds to tough scenarios differently, and it’s totally fine that you gave your body a break. However, incorporating fitness classes or workouts back into your life really can help you achieve a sense of health and wellbeing during such a turbulent and uncertain time.
So, before you hit that snooze button, or allow another day slide by where all you’ve done is streamed endless episodes of Sex and the City, we’ve compiled a list of the best tips for finding the motivation to develop a home fitness routine.
- Wear work-out clothes
Science says that the clothes we wear affect our behaviour, attitudes, mood, confidence, and even the way we interact with others. This is because of the symbolic meaning that we (as a society) ascribe to different types of attire and what they mean to us. 69% of people claim that wearing work-out clothes helps push them to exercise. Choosing to wear leggings, a tank top and runners for the day might actually be able to give you the mental-shift you’re looking for, and put you in ‘work-out’ mode rather than ‘staying in bed all day’ mode.
- Set a goal
Set realistic goals that include clear milestones, which will challenge you and give you extra determination each time you work out. Things, like nailing a certain yoga pose, lifting a heavier weight, or running 5 kilometres, are great places to start. Measuring your progress along the way can give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose each day.
- Find a work-out buddy
They say time flies by when you’re having fun, and this is especially true if you’re working out with a buddy. It also helps to have a mate who will cheer you on throughout your workout, or keep you accountable when you don’t want to show up. Just when you think you can’t possibly run another kilometre; your pal is there to say you can—and you do. With social distancing rules in place, we recommend choosing your partner or housemate to exercise with during this time.
- Start small and build your way up
Remember that some exercise is better than no exercise. Even if you just allocate 10 minutes a day and work your way up from there, you would be surprised at how much 10 minutes of moving your body really can make all the difference.
- Use Kaya @ Home
At Kaya, whilst we won’t be seeing you at our fitness club in Melbourne, we are keeping our students and followers motivated and energized during this time of self -solation through offering online Kaya at Home workouts. The good news is – no two workouts are the same!
We pride ourselves on ensuring every single workout is completely unique – to help you all shake off all the cabin fever and keep things fresh and exciting! Click here to find out more.