Kent Life|June 2020
Michael White, personal trainer and owner at HomeHealth Fitness Ltd in Tunbridge Wells
Stay Home, Stay Safe and now Stay Alert are words we keep hearing to help us avoid close contact with others in an attempt to halt the spread of coronavirus.
Most health advice can be boiled down to simple behaviours, such as a good night’s sleep, a balanced diet and exercising. During a pandemic like Covid-19, these actions are especially crucial for maintaining physical and mental wellbeing. But the question is, can you stay fit and healthy while self-isolating?
The fitness industry is finding alternative ways to offer virtual classes, tips and advice to help keep everyone on the right track.
Michael White, personal trainer and owner at HomeHealth Fitness Ltd in Tunbridge Wells, offers home, outdoor and live online personal training across London and the south east.
“We are still providing all three of our main services – personal training, pilates and yoga,” says Michael. “We now deliver them live online via a number of different live video platforms, including WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype and Zoom.”
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And yes, dumbbells may be sold out and there is a month’s waiting list for skipping ropes, but that is no excuse. It is about getting creative with things you already own. For example, use a sturdy chair for step-ups, wine bottles for weights or dishtowels as sliders for exercises such as lunges and mountain climbers.
There are also plenty of no-equipment-required exercises you can do, even in a small space. Michael recommends for more
active exercise sessions burpees, press-ups, lunges and planks when completed as a circuit.
A minute or so of each in rotation is great for both toning and cardio. Use free videos online if it helps, but with caution; correct technique is crucial for safety during exercise, he warns.
But it’s not just a physical thing. “I think people of all ages are realising just how important exercise is; not just for the body but also for the mind,” adds Michael. “Mental health will be a massive talking point in the coming months and exercise has been proven to help. Yoga and pilates are both good for switching off the mind and focusing on the body and more physical exercise types are great for generating endorphins and mitigating feelings of aggression and frustration.”
Kim Bromley, a specialist practitioner in wellbeing, couldn’t agree more that mental health is very important right now. “This is an unprecedented time, so aim to have wellbeing at the top of your agenda,” she says.
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