Want to move more but dreading stepping outside into the cold? You’re not alone. With the local gyms currently closed we've come up with our essential guide to moving more in winter lockdown, to help your body and mind feel better, and of course to boost your immunity.
The cosy corners of the sofa appear so perfect and tempting in comparison to a wet or chilly outdoor workout, so it's no surprise that we are all finding it hard to motivate ourselves to exercise during the winter months.
To help, we've put together some inspiration to help you stay active during this period. Some great indoor options and some simple outdoor ones which we hope you'll enjoy...or at least grow to!
Joe Wicks Online Workouts
Joe shot to fame during the first lockdown with his no-frills workouts from home. He has a fantastic You Tube channel where you can choose from a wide selection of workouts for any level. The chair workout is great for anyone who has limited mobility or you can go for an intense 8 minute Tabata. The perfect workout from the comfort of your own home.
Walk your way to health
Make walking part of your daily routine, it's one of the best ways to stay well. And in lockdown, you can do it with one other friend, so it's the perfect way to socialise too (remember to keep the 2 metre distance rule if you're going with a friend). If you fancy a long, steady walk to increase your steps, a you can pump up the intensity by packing up a backpack. Add in a couple of items (and your coat once you've warmed up!) and you'll be able to burn some extra calories without noticing the difference.
Indoor warm ups
If you're heading out on a jog and the stark temperature contrast seems too much, try warming up indoors first. Simple exercises such as jumping jacks, jogging on the spot or even some air boxing will help to increase your heart rate and temperature. Once you've started a sweat indoors, the cold outside will be quite refreshing and you'll be ready to head out on a run or jog. If you need help getting started on jogging, we love the Couch to 5k programme.
Take a Jane Plan Yoga Class
Yoga is a great exercise no matter your age or ability. The breathing, meditation and poses in yoga are also associated with improved digestion, so there's plenty of benefits. You can join one of our live Zoom classes for free.
Stay happy, stay healthy and stay in touch....
Jane and the team xxxxx