The top 5 ways we kept fit during lockdowns

When the pandemic arrived on our doorstep in early 2020, few of us predicted it would still be affecting us more than two years later. So it’s no wonder that many parts of our lives have had to adjust to this ‘new norm’. With so much time spent inside during imposed lockdowns and self-isolation, it makes sense that our regular fitness routines fell by the wayside. But it doesn’t have to stay that way – to help you get back on the path to a healthier lifestyle, here are five post-COVID fitness trends!

1. Take a walk in the great outdoors

With lockdowns seemingly a thing of the past, now is the perfect time to explore the wonderful world around you. For some it may have been months – or even years – since you last set out on a hike, but just 30 minutes spent walking outdoors can improve your mental health and even minimise the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Even better, walking is a low-impact exercise that won’t leave you feeling exhausted or overly sore afterwards, so it’s the perfect starting point for those who are getting back on the fitness wagon after the pandemic.

2. 10,000 daily steps: Set yourself a goal and stick to it

Sometimes having a goal you can visualise gives you the motivation to keep going. And what could be better than a nice round number to hit every day? Doing 10,000 daily steps has been scientifically proven to boost both physical and mental health, even more so for those who may not be at their ideal weight right now.

Almost every smart watch and phone has a step counter, so it’s easy to keep track of how far you’ve gone. You can also make things more interesting by challenging your friends to a month-long steps tournament to see who can rack up the biggest number.

3. Be accountable with a bootcamp

If you often struggle to find motivation to get off the couch and go for that end-of-day run, you’re not alone – especially after the past few years we’ve all been through! But it’s still beneficial to prioritise moving every day.

The good news is that with life returning to normal, there are plenty of outdoor bootcamps starting up again. Whether it’s something you do with a group or on your own with a personal trainer, having someone else by your side can help keep you accountable.

4. Life too busy? Jump online for your daily workout

COVID-19 has permanently changed the fitness industry – and smart businesses have taken advantage of this with a shift to online workouts. From free apps to online marathons and digital classes, you can no longer use the excuse that it’s too cold outside for a workout.

Now you can stay indoors, choose a workout on your phone or laptop, and get moving!

5. Look into hybrid gym memberships

With fitness and digital merging, it’s now common to find your local gym offering a hybrid membership. This is ideal for not just post-COVID fitness lovers, but also busy Australians who simply don’t have time to get to the gym every day.

A hybrid gym membership allows you full access to the physical gym as well as lots of online classes with virtual trainers to keep your body moving at home, at work or on-the-go.

Small, positive changes

Spend more time being active and your body will thank you for it. But remember, looking after your body is about more than just regular exercise. Small, positive changes to your diet and daily habits can make a big impact on your physical and mental health.

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