Five Simple Ways… To Avoid Lockdown Locked In Laziness
There’s no doubt about it even the most motivated people are finding it hard to keep up a fitness routine when stuck at home. So to keep us on track we asked Pip Black and Joan Murphy the co-founders of Frame for their top five simple things we can all do to keep us motivated and moving when we’re stuck at home.
1. Squeeze It In Where You Can
Instead of having an all or nothing mindset to exercise we highly recommend breaking it down to something like a 15 minute HIIT session or a 30 minute quickie Barre. Shorter workouts done consistently are much easier to stick to and much more effective than doing one 60 minute one day and going off grid for the next week. We recommend a daily dose of endorphins to keep your mood up – even if that’s a 10 minute dance around the kitchen while you’re making dinner.
2. Virtual Fitness Dates
Going to an exercise class has become as much about the social aspect as it is about looking after our physical and mental health. It’s just more fun when you do it with a friend and it also keeps both of you accountable! Schedule a virtual fit date by booking into a livestream class with someone who you’ve been wanting to catch up with anyway, and you can even have that post-class coffee and brunch from the comfort of your own home!
One of the biggest challenges of being at home most of the time is how mundane the days can be…
3. Try Something New
One of the biggest challenges of being at home most of the time is how mundane the days can be as work life and home life blend into one and you don’t get to change up the scenery as much. It can also give you some extra time which is ideal for trying that thing you’ve always fancied but put off. Maybe it’s as simple as an online dance class? Who cares if you’re not coordinated as nobody can see you and at the very least you might get a good giggle – and 2020 is definitely in need of more laughs.
4. Habit Stacking
With ‘normal’ routines pretty much gone out the window it can be easy to slip into bad habits that can lead to you losing your mojo and feeling off. One of the best hacks we’ve found that helps create and keep a good routine is habit stacking. It’s simply adding in small habits to something you have to do everyday anyway. An example is not drinking enough water – have a pint class next to you before you go to sleep and before you get out of bed each morning, sit up and drink the whole glass. Or if you’d like to meditate but can’t find the time do it as you’re brushing your teeth. All little wins that add up to keeping you feeling good.
5. Embrace the Cosy
When dark nights start at 4.30pm it can feel pretty grim. Instead of fighting the seasons we recommend to make the most of these months by embracing the cosy. Get the candles out and pop the essential oils into diffusers to create the perfect wind down evening. Maybe try our Duvet Day Yin – perfect for releasing stress and tension from the body even better when you can roll straight into bed for a good night’s sleep.
If you need to support your own mental health or know someone who is deserving or struggling this lockdown, head to https://moveyourframe.com/f