7 THINGS WE LEARNED ABOUT FITNESS AND WELLBEING FROM 2020
As this crazy year draws to a close, now seems like the perfect time to reflect on what lockdowns, social distancing measures, and all things 2020, have taught us about our mental wellbeing and taking care of our bodies…
- GET OUTSIDE
If I learned one thing in the peak of lockdown back in April, it’s that we are so lucky to be able to get outside and enjoy nature. I learned to appreciate my back-garden more than I ever have in my life, and I felt very lucky to even have a garden of my own to use during that time!
I learned to appreciated the mental clarity I felt after starting my day with a morning walk, and how much a bad day could be turned around if I opted for an evening walk instead of moping around in my room. Rain or shine, get yourself out in nature — whether its for a walk or a run, or even an outdoor circuit, we are so lucky to have outdoor spaces to explore right at our doorstep.
2. NO GYM? NO PROBLEM!
Here at Train Homemade, it’s no secret that we are big advocates for home workouts. But one thing we learned in lockdown is that you can still get a killer burn without a single weight. All you need is yourself, some space to move, and a pinch of motivation (…and maybe a killer workout playlist).
3. WE LOVE INSTAGRAM LIVE
We’ve always loved a bit of Instagram in our lives (excuse the pun)… but this year Instagram’s live stream feature found a new lease of life! As we saw during the Strong Women UK Revival Weekender Instagram live event, Instagram lives are an amazing way to get a group of likeminded people together, get motivated, and get moving! Having an Instagram Live schedule is a great way to hold yourself accountable too— show up and get that workout done, all in the comfort of your bedroom!
4. RESISTANCE BANDS ARE … EVERYTHING!
You can always get a killer burn from zero equipment workouts, but if you want an extra challenge with very minimal kit, resistance bands will change your LIFE! It’s amazing how much burn a band can add to an upper or lower body workout. They’re cost effective, widely accessible, and you can throw one in your bag and take them anywhere. If you’ve not picked up a resistance band yet, what are you waiting for? (Check out our Christmas Fitness Gift Guide, we’ve linked to some great resistance bands in that article!)
5. SLOW IT DOWN AND STRETCH IT OUT
Back when we were training at gyms, I’d often find myself neglecting my body by forgetting to stretch when I train — probably so eager to get out of that sweaty gym and back home to shower! But since training from home, I’ve found the beauty in taking my time and slowing things down. When you’re at home, you’re in no rush to race to the changing rooms, so I found myself actually taking better care of my body post-workout. Putting on a chill playlist at the end of a sweaty workout and taking the time to have a long, full-body stretch has not only benefited my body and flexibility, but has been incredible for my mental health. Implementing these slow moments to stretch and really take notice of my body has been amazing for my mental health during such unpredictable times.
6. IT’S ALL ABOUT ROUTINE
Speaking of unpredictable times, it’s more important now than ever to implement solid a routine into your daily life. In a world where there is very little we can control, it’s valuable to focus your energy on the little things in life that you can control. Even if its waking up a little bit earlier than usual, reading in the morning before you scroll on your phone, adding a five minute meditation before you eat your breakfast — a little bit of routine and self-discipline to prioritise your wellbeing in your morning routine can be the key to maintaining a happy mind in such a chaotic time.
7. PRACTICE GRATITUDE WHERE POSSIBLE
Feeling down? Turn to gratitude. Overthinking? Turn to gratitude. It’s more important now than ever to show gratitude for the small things in life. Whether it’s your morning coffee, or the fact that the sun is shining, celebrate the small wins and show gratitude for the little things in life. When the world is so chaotic, it can be easy to get bogged down by the negatives (we don’t blame you!), but taking a moment to truly express gratitude for the little things in your daily life can elevate your energy and set you up for greatness. A great tip is to start each morning with a list of 3 things you feel grateful for — it’ll get your energy off to a positive start, and set the tone for a productive and positive day! Try it for a week each morning and notice if you feel any different!