6 ways to improve your health and fitness when self-isolating
With strict self-isolation regulations, many are now working from home where possible to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Given this, we were unsurprised to see that last month, high-tech, at-home fitness company Peloton, best known for its $2,000 exercise bike, saw their stock shares rise despite markets plunging generally speaking surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Gyms in China are live streaming workout routines, several forced to close their doors, while over the weekend a Spanish personal-trainer went viral leading a work-out routine for people to complete from their balconies.
With the above in mind, here are six ways to manage your health and fitness at home:
1. ECHELON FIT – PELOTON’S MORE AFFORDABLE TWIN
A spin class at home? Don’t mind if I do. Minus the built-in tablet display, Echelon is effectively a duplicate of Peloton that comes at nearly half the price. Great for anyone entering the spinning world, a separate tablet or smartphone is easily paired up via Bluetooth to solve the screen conundrum, providing access to endless training programs. Similar to Peloton, these include online classes led by certified instructors, scenic rides, live studio immersive classes and more, adding to the experience. As a form of exercise, spinning is said to burn between 400 and 600 calories per typical session; with users able to ride in their own time from the comfort of their own home, it’s easy to see why it’s a hit. Don’t feel like taking a class? That’s the one major benefit for us in terms of the non-built in screen. Netflix? Why not.
To find out more visit www.echelonfit.uk; latest model available at £1,238.99 or £52/month plus subscription fees.
2. JESSIE PAVELKA’S HEALTH & FITNESS APP, JP4 – A HOLISTIC TRAINING APP
Jessie Pavelka has over 15 years of industry experience as a qualified personal trainer – changing the lives of thousands through award-winning shows, such as Sky One’s ‘Obese: A Year to Save My Life’, & Sky Living’s ‘Fat: The Fight of My Life’. This January, he launched the brand new health and fitness app, JP4, addressing inadequacies when it comes to weight-loss, through the four key elements, ‘Eat’, ‘Sweat’, ‘Think’ and ‘Connect’. With the ultimate aim to help you make changes that last a lifetime, the app challenges you to become more aware of your current behaviours, prompting you to take positive action. With meal plans, home exercise routines, mindfulness podcasts and an overarching support network working to help you achieve sustained success, JP4 is a great alternative to the gym, with a holistic twist.
To find out more visit www.pavelka.co.uk/JP4 ; one-off fee of £59.99.
3. W8 GYM – THE ALL IN ONE RESISTANCE TRAINING WORKOUT
For those wanting a great alternative gym-style workout within your own four walls, W8 Gym has accurately coined the term a ‘Gym in a Box’. An all in one piece of equipment created in part by none other than Fleur East, it includes resistance bands, removal dumbbells, a floor mat and more. The team at W8 have found that you can do over 200 exercises (and they’re still discovering more!): from step workouts, to assisted dips and HIIT routines. University students, mums with new-borns, the retired or anyone who has a 2metre x 2metre space can complete a full-body workout with W8.
To find out more visit www.w8gym.com; prices from £99.00
4. CHRIS HEMSWORTH’S FITNESS APP, CENTR – TRUSTED CELEBRITY INSPIRATION
With Chris Hemsworth’s personalised, digital health and fitness platform, Centr, you can build a body like Thor from the sanctuary of your own living room. Centr’s platform features content from a hand-picked team of internationally renowned experts – such as Elsa Pataky’s own yoga instructor, Tahl Rinksy, Chris Hemsworth’s PT, Luke Zocchi, celebrity personal trainer and track athlete, Ashley Joi and many more. With over 42 million minutes of exercise in the palm of your hand, and customisable programs to suit any fitness level, personal dietary and lifestyle needs, alongside meditation exercises and meal plans, Centr truly provides an insight to a Hollywood-inspired health and fitness regime.
To find out more visit www.centr.com; memberships start from £7.83/month.
5. SIXPAD’S ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION TECHNOLOGY – TECHNOLOGY TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR WORKOUT
For tech lovers struggling to keep challenging the body in new ways, driving physical adaptation, look no further than SIXPAD’s EMS technology. Pioneered by Professor Moritani, PhD, a driving authority in the field of sports science having studied the effects of EMS training for over 40 years, SIXPAD’s products provide an innovative way to improve your health and fitness. Through a bespoke 20HZ training frequency found to be optimum through Moritani’s research, SIXPAD’s training gear helped users achieve a 12% improvement in abdominal muscle size after eight weeks when used alongside a balanced diet and exercise, an 8 percent improvement seen after just four weeks. Delivered over the course of a 23-minute cycle featuring warm-up, training and cool down elements, this is your ticket to keep on achieving.
To find out more visit www.sixpad.uk; devices available from £175
6. THERAGUN’S PERCUSSIVE MASSAGE THERAPY
Look no further than Theragun’s percussive massage therapy to prime your body for peak performance, spark fatigued muscles back into life and fast track your recovery between training sessions. Physician calibrated by founder and chiropractor Dr Jason Wersland, their unique combination of high amplitude (16mm) and low frequency (2400rpm) overrides pain signals sent to the brain, reaching 60% deeper into the muscle than consumer-grade vibration massagers. The effect – actual therapeutic benefits for the body. With research, development and innovation deep-rooted pillars of the brand, their devices tested with medical professionals, physical therapists, chiropractors, and trainers to ensure efficacy, pilot studies have revealed a standard two-minute treatment to stimulate a sustained increase in both blood flow (near 500% increase five minutes post-treatment) and muscle oxygen saturation (14% increase five minutes post-treatment) values to the treated region. This muscular relief translates to improved recovery, reducing tension like no other device of its kind. Massage reinvented.
To find out more visit www.theragun.uk; devices available from £179