Self-Care during Self-Isolation
The first message we want to send out during this time is – stay safe. In a society that is now so fast paced and on the go, take a step back and consider a few things. Take care of your friends and family but care further to those that need a bit of extra help. Although you may be fit and healthy, those you pass in the street, in the shop or on your road may not be. Do all you can to help others. Be kind, be considerate and help be the difference.
Following government guidelines, it is advised for much of the public to self-isolate. Whether you agree with the guidelines or not – think about others in the reasoning behind this guideline. If you are self-isolating/social distancing and you find it hard, mentally and physically to be cooped up in a small space or even just within one area; I stand with you. Its awful. Its boring. Its demotivating. However, it doesn’t mean you have to spend your time in a negative head space, doing minimal everyday things and just watching the time go by. Self-care is important. Some of you may have a lot more time on your hands… Give yourself some loving; use that face mask, use that foot spa, run that bath. Take time to cook up some different, healthy meals, create a new juice in the blender and from our point of view – stay as active as possible.
There are so many home workouts available online that you can do. Not only that, but I guarantee you have enough equipment in your household objects and in the cupboards to make exercises more interesting and progressive… Staying active is so important for the immune system – the main defence in fighting off viruses and illnesses. Look at completing a 20-minute HIIT session in the house or outside 3-4 times a week, plus some walking or running to tide the time over to around 30-40 minutes of exercise 5 times a week. It’s do-able. It’s also an escape from your work from home, your usual lifestyle and the anxiety of getting unfit/not doing what you can to keep yourself healthy. If you have a family – join them in, make it fun, make it competitive if need be.
As I said before, go for walks or runs outside a few times a week. The fresh air is a great way of escaping infectious areas (I won’t delve into the science…). It’s a head-clearer, it’s a physical act and it can always be something different; a new route, a new PB, a new running/walking partner. We will be uploading some walking/running routes round the Berkshire area that are great for a change of scenery and staying active yet distanced from busy areas. Alongside that, we will be offering free home sessions online for everyone, targeting some workouts for those who are older and may be more vulnerable. Keep your eyes peeled.
Do all you can to help others. Be kind, be considerate and help be the difference.