2. Make it social (distanced obviously)
It’s tough for me being away from my gym. I miss my gym buddies who keep me motivated and make even the toughest workout fun. Although we’re all staying inside and away from one another, that doesn’t mean that we can’t get some socialisation from our workouts. Many gyms are offering Zoom classes where you can still see your friends, or else you could take it online with mates yourself.
3. Set yourself some goals
Goal setting is an important way to keep you on track with exercise. While a lot of big goal events like fun runs have been shelved for the foreseeable future, there’s nothing to stop you making smaller but achievable and realistic goals. It might be something simple like a 30-minute walk every day or perhaps you can use lockdown to focus on a skill that you want to get better at. Ticking off these milestones feels amazing and keeps you going.
4. Don’t buy into quarantine body shaming
The ‘no excuses’ tribe are out in full force right now, trying to get us all to use this enforced downtime to avoid COVID weight gain or work on your booty goals. This kind of thinking is unlikely to be helpful, according to Dr Quested. This focus on what our body looks like is “not sustainable [for motivation] but it’s also not very pleasant”. Disengage and unfollow anything trying to get you the best quarantine body ever act and instead, surround yourself with people and activities that bring you enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment.
5. Show yourself some compassion
Still not feeling like a run, yoga or quarantine burpees? Fair enough, the world is scary right now so it’s understandable to prefer the couch. Rather than berating yourself, try reaching for some self-compassion – what would you say to a friend in the same scenario? You’d reassure them and tell them that they can try again tomorrow, right? This attitude is more likely to get you moving than being cruel to yourself.
This article originally appeared in the special Coping with COVID issue of The Suite Life.