Whilst the coronavirus pandemic has been generally awful for the whole country, it has had a few unexpected benefits for our health. More of us than ever have been enjoying daily walks, runs or bike rides, with those lucky enough to be able to access our beautiful green spaces gaining a new appreciation for our gorgeous countryside.
But as things start to move back towards business as usual, a lot of people are left unsure as to what this means for their fitness. The gradual easing of the restrictions put in place to combat coronavirus has left a mixture of feelings. Maybe you’re among those relieved to be seeing a return towards some sort of normality. Or maybe it just brings a new set of worries.
Wherever you are, we have some idea of how you can keep things feeling fresh in your fitness routine and enjoy some of your new freedoms if you’ve got the appetite for it. Whichever route you choose, regular exercise is great for the body and the mind, helping you stay well during this difficult time.
Some gyms and fitness providers (including us at Gym Plus) have begun to schedule outdoor classes. Socially distanced, pre-book only and number restricted, they offer you a regulation-compliant way to enjoy your regular exercise community. You can take advantage of the additional protections provided by the clear air, whilst giving you more of a normal feel of group exercise.
If you haven’t already tapped into the burgeoning online class scene, this might be your moment. You get all the benefits of fun, friendly and fully qualified instructors leading you through the moves, but from the safety of your own home. Be warned, some of the online-only offerings out there can be pricey, so it’s worth seeing what your regular gym and other fitness brands are offering for free before you cough up any serious cash.
Have A Ball
Golf is a great sport for mobility, stamina and has a great social side too. With golf courses opening up across the country, there’s never been a better time to try it out. Similarly, tennis is an excellent sport for combining a bunch of health benefits with heaps of fun. Don’t worry if you’re new to these sports, even the pros had their first day on the court or course.
Prep For The Pool
Pools are one of the safest indoor exercise environments as coronavirus can’t survive in the pool water. This, combined with the fact that they’re allowed to open from July makes this a great thing to pop into your workout schedule for next month.
Get Some New Fit Kit
As shops are now allowed to open, it might be time to take a walk down to your local sports equipment provider and see what they have to offer. Something as simple as a new piece of equipment or a few additions to your workout wardrobe could be just the thing to put the spring back in your step.
Plan Your Return To the Gym
Gyms will start opening again next month and if you’re among the many who are just dying to get reacquainted with your favourite bits of equipment, it’s best to do some prep work. The big thing is to make sure you familiarise yourself with the new safety protocols in place at your gym. These may vary from club to club but some of the things you can expect across the board:
- Keep social distancing
- Clean all equipment after use and wash or sanitise your hands regularly
- Consider bringing your own mat
- Arrive and/or leave changed if your schedule allows
We’re busy planning how we can safely welcome as many members as possible back into our clubs next month. To make sure you’re in the know on all our latest reopening news, check out our special page.