#Wellness Wednesday: How to Stay Physically Active During the Lockdown

Toby Green on 15 April 2020
Woman doing yoga on beach.

Struggling to stay in shape without the gym? Along with mental fitness app Fika, we’ve put together some tips this #wellnesswednesday to help you stay active during quarantine.

Being cooped up indoors 24/7, it can become easy to let the physical activity slide. Although you might be following the guidelines and have the best of intentions, sitting in front of the TV for hours on is not ideal for your mental or physical wellbeing. 

Check out our tips with Fika on how to best stay in shape over the coming weeks.

“When it comes to health and wellbeing, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” - Thich Nhat Hanh 

Create a Routine 

With there being no need to leave the house at the moment, it can be easy to forget what a routine feels like. 

However, rolling out of bed in the afternoon everyday is a sure fire way to quickly lose the motivation to do any real physical activity. Try setting an alarm, getting up early and getting your exercise for the day done while it's early. There are plenty of exercise guides available online on websites such as YouTube, so preparing an activity beforehand can set you up with a better idea of what you’re doing. Lucy from the University of Exeter has been doing daily online workouts:

It may be hard at first, but trust us, it’s worth it in the long run. 

Exercise With Others (In Your Household) 

Now this may seem like counterintuitive advice, given the amount of times we’ve been told to avoid other people. 

However, at the moment most of us are in lockdown with at least a few family members or housemates. Why not take the opportunity to work out together? The company could be useful, as exercising with others does a lot to keep you motivated, and it might help you reach the 150 minutes of exercise a week the government recommends. 

We spoke to Nick from the University of Nottingham who has been working out with his girlfriend:

Go Outside

Whether it’s a jog or a bike ride, social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t get out of the house. So long as you follow the guidelines and stay away from others (at least 2 metres), why not make the most of the spring weather and enjoy your workout in the sun.

With the continuing uncertainty around the next few weeks, we don’t know how far government measures could extend. Make the most of the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while you can. 

So, what healthy activity are you going to do today? 

Here are some ideas:

  • Perhaps you’ll lift some weights
  • Maybe you’ll go for a cycle outside
  • Or will you do some online yoga and FaceTime a friend for motivation?

Whatever you choose, at this time of increased stress, the power of regular physical activity to improve mood and boost self-esteem is priceless. 

For more practical skills to stay motivated, physically active and mentally fit during COVID-19, visit the Fika app and check out the new Community feature. 

Got your own exercise tips? Tweet us @studenthutuk with your thoughts.

Toby Green
Toby Green on 15 April 2020