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STAYING PHYSICALLY & MENTALLY HEALTHY

...during lockdown

HOW ARE YOU? It's hard to stay motivated, right?

 

Life as we’ve known it is changing day-by-day, and many of us will be feeling anxious. But it is important to remember it’s okay to feel like this, and the situation is temporary. By keeping fit and healthy during lockdown, it's possible to reduce stress levels and be more alert. 

We've collected some hints and tips to help remind you why it's important to keep on top of your fitness during lockdown. Please remember: we're here for you during this time, and if you want any guidance you can always message the SALT Squad on Instagram or Facebook.

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How to STAY mentalLY FIT DURING lockdown

 

Fitness sensation Joe Wicks has candidly discussed feeling down and stressed during the coronavirus lockdown, so if you're feeling the same, you're in good company: the nation's PE Teacher feels the same! We know that exercise can make us feel better, we've all experienced the post-workout high, but sometimes it's difficult to get motivated. We asked our very own fitness guru and chief motivator - Kieran Hanshaw - what he'll be doing during lockdown:

"I will be going offline more and enjoying what I have around me! Where we live online workouts aren't essential. Make time for family, rest and do the things that you never get time for. I encourage offline workouts and cooking."

Working-out, whether it's indoors, outdoors or both(!), can help your mental fitness. In case you need some motivation to get you started, here are 4 pointers for starters:

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Exercising improves brain performance

Cardiovascular exercise helps create new brain cells. This enhances brainpower and brain activity.

.2.
Working out sharpens your memory

Exercising increases the production of cells that are responsible for learning and memory.

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Increases productivity

Exercising increases the number of endorphins that are released into your body and increases productivity.

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Exercising boosts self-confidence

Exercising can help ease your mind and rejuvenate your body. Working out will make you feel great and boost your confidence.

 

HOW MUCH CAN YOU EXERCISE?

GOOD QUESTION...


Well, the guidance changes of course, but as we write, this is where we stand: on April 16 the nationwide lockdown was extended for at least three weeks. However, there was a silver lining. To coincide with the extension, The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)  released new guidelines that aim to clear up any confusion about what you can and can’t do during the lockdown. 

"Exercising more than once per day" is found listed in the 'likely to be reasonable' column of the policing document - but it comes with a condition. "The only relevant consideration is whether repeated exercise on the same day can be considered a 'reasonable excuse' for leaving home," reads the guidance. What it effectively means is that it's up to you to make that decision - but try to ensure you're making it rationally and selflessly.

You are also able to stop to rest or have lunch on a bench - as long as the time exercising is longer than the time 'resting'.

In light of this, how can you stay happy and healthy through exercise?

 



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Cardio focus

It is good to split your exercise into health and fitness if you don't have to squeeze both into one workout. Firstly, it's good to think about cardio. Going out for a long walk or run is positive for your mental wellbeing, and keeps you healthy.

 

Outcome-orientated

The second 'exercise' could be something more outcome-orientated - what would you like to achieve? Would you like to be leaner? Fitter? Stronger? Think about your goal and research ways to achieve that specifically - if you need advice, you can always get in touch with us and we'll help.

 

Plan & develop a routine

Not everything is in your control right now, but your exercise is. A good thing to do is to split your workouts out into AM and PM if you can. Routine is good for mental wellbeing, especially when everything else is so unpredictable. Try to mix up indoor and outdoor exercise. Setting yourself a goal also helps, so if you want to achieve results in three weeks, research workouts that are in line with that. Listening to music helps to amp your workout too - find out more.

 

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Write it down

If you're feeling low, it's possible to use your exercise to guide a positive-pivot in your thinking. Pause, and take a moment to write down what you have learned about yourself in the last three weeks; base this on your exercise goal. How much progress have you made? What's working for you? What's not? What's working that you can focus on for the next three weeks? Reviewing this will help keep your motivation high and will remind you that, even when it feels like things are unpredictable, you still have control.

Talk it out

Our final tip is to talk it out. When you come to SALT, you're used to social connection, and that's sorely missing right now (we know - we're feeling it too!) If you are feeling particularly out-of-sorts, and you need a really effective solution to help you feel better, there's nothing better than conversation. Free apps such as Zoom can help you connect with people near and far, and you don't have to make a lot of effort, simply sit and have a cup of tea together. It could even be more subtle than that - if you take a walk, greet people. If you’re taking a walk at the same time every day you’ll get to know people, so you can say hello. Just a little connection can help.

 

We are all experiencing this differently, but we are all in it together.


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