What have you learnt from the Lockdowns?
Is it time to form a plan?
Is it time to make yourself accountable??
During the first lockdown, what lessons did you learn? What skills did you learn?
Did you fall into ‘holiday’ mode, and not really work proactively with your health?
This time, the weather won’t be as nice as the summer. It’s winter. It’s wet. It’s dark. It’s cold!
That means exercise outside will be limited. Are you mentall prepared for what outdoor exercise in winter means? That means a run or walk when it’s raining. Are you ready for that?
If that’s not something you want to do, have you got home gym equipment? Are you prepared to plan workouts at home to keep active? What time of day can you do them? And for how long?
Have you got a plan??
If you don’t have a plan, and also hold yourself accountable, it’s more than likely that with the dark, cold nights, comfort food can creep into your diet. It’s likely you won’t feel like working out. It’s likely you’ll tune into a live video class once a week and give it half the effort. The sofa is too tempting. And nobody is holding you accountable.
A combination of a lack of activity and reaching for the cookie jar or wine bottle a little too much can leave you feeling sluggish, lethargic, and mentally exhausted. Anxiety and stress will start creeping into your thoughts.
So, here’s what I’d suggest:
Buy good outdoor exercise clothing if you’re going to go running or walking. Warm. waterproof. That kind of stuff.
Try and get some fresh air every day.
Buy a book or two, and challenge yourself to finish it/them by the end of lockdown.
If you are part of an exercise class on a certain day of the week, stick to that class. Be rigid with that routine.
If you don’t know how to start an exercise or nutritional program, hire a PT. They will do the hard work for you. All you’ll need to do is the actual exercise and cooking (sorry i can’t do that for ya).
If you feel you can’t be arsed to exercise one day as it’s too cosy in bed, hire a PT. The accountability will keep you focused and on track.
Set yourself a goal to reach by the end of the 4 weeks. It gives you something to aim for.
Get some Vitamin D, or take a Vitamin D Supplement.
If you cave into sweet treats and snacks. DON’T buy them. If they’re not in the house, you can’t eat them.
Ask a friend how they are. We all need support right now.
You can use this as a chance to get your sh*t together.
Have structure. Accountability. Leave this lockdown in a better position than you went in.