Lockdown lovehandles: How Aussies are keeping fit during quarantine

Lockdown lovehandles: How Aussies are keeping fit during quarantine

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Lockdown restrictions have made it more difficult for people to get to the gym, attend exercise classes or play sports with their local team or club as they would have had prior to quarantine.

Now, more than ever, staying fit and healthy is important and it's crucial that you do what you can to keep up a regular fitness regime.

While you might be living in lounge-wear right now, it won't continue forever and before you know it you'll be going out into public to socialise and meet up with friends and family.

To ensure that you're not stressing out about fitting into your favourite jeans when that time finally comes, you need to take action now.

There are countless different things that Aussies have been doing to keep fit during the COVID-19 pandemic that you can try too.

Let's take a look at just a few ways that you can keep fit and healthy while you're in lockdown.

Stationary biking

If you are an avid cyclist, you will be counting down the days until you can dust down your bikes and get back on the road.

However, in the meantime, why not buy a stationary bike that you can set up at home and get some kilometres in from the comfort of your living room?

If you don't have the budget for a stationary bike, simply pick up a bike trainer stand that you can mount your normal bike onto to transform it into an indoor exercising miracle.

Try yoga

Whether you're an experienced yogi or you are unable to touch your toes, there is a lot to be gained from doing yoga.

All you need is a mat to get started and there are countless free videos online that you can follow along.

Not only is yoga an excellent way to boost your physical health but it has also been proven to help with your mental health, which is very important in these uncertain times.

Resistance training

Resistance training is a great way to build muscle and burn calories, helping you to get stronger and fitter while you're stuck indoors.

Kettlebells, free weights or even your own bodyweight are all excellent options and can help you to get a solid workout at home. Be sure to pay close attention to your form, avoid jerking movements and take things slow in the beginning to ensure you avoid injury.

Cardio workouts

Doing cardio workouts is important in keeping your heart healthy, building endurance and staying lean.

While you can simply job on the spot or do jumping jacks, it's likely you'll get bored of exercising like this quickly and will be back on the couch before you know it.

Instead, try skipping rope, do a shadow boxing workout or follow a HIIT workout online that will really challenge you. Keeping things interesting is key when it comes to training at home, encouraging you to stick to your goals.

Dance and have fun

Even if you have two left feet, there's nothing quite like working up a sweat dancing. There are plenty of dance videos that you can watch online where you can follow a routine and you might even develop some skills while you're at it.

On the other hand, you can simply draw the curtains, put on your favourite playlist, turn off the volume and jump, shake, wiggle and move any way that feels natural to you. Whichever way you choose to go, you're guaranteed to burn plenty of calories.

Stay fit and healthy during lockdown so you're ready for the 'new norm'

Following the tips outlined above, you can create a workout schedule that will help you to stay fit, lean and in shape so that you are ready for action when restrictions ease.

Make sure that you choose workouts that you enjoy and that you can stick with to ensure that you stay on track towards your fitness goals moving forward.