It’s definitely been tough to stay fit through the pandemic, with lockdowns affecting gym schedule and other sports activities. But, in a way, there’s a positive side to it. We had to learn to find other ways, to be creative, and to do what we can at home.
This is my first post after more than a year of silence (or laziness or not making time) from writing here and sharing my thoughts and experiences. It has been challenging, working our asses off to keep our jobs, to make our jobs contribute well to the company, to manage our lives, to manage a child / children’s learning at home, and, on top of all these, to stay safe, healthy, and hopefully, COVID-free.
One of the key activities I’ve been doing before and during the pandemic was having 10-minute daily workouts. I know it sounds simple, but that’s the key. It IS simple. It IS fast. That’s what makes it EASY to commit to. Many of us have busy daily lives, we can’t commit to going to the gym daily, even when we are allowed to. But imagine if you only need to commit to 10 minutes of your day. It may not be much and may not do much, but it’s still so much better than doing 0 minute exercise everyday. 10 minutes every day is still 70 minutes in a week.
High intensity interval training (HIIT) that lasts for 10 minutes or more each day has helped me stay fit during the past year and now. Although I am now back to my regular weekly Muay Thai sessions, HIIT helps me accomplish active minutes every day and improve specific areas of my body.
I’ve been using this app that I’ve also been recommending to friends who are keen to move and sweat every day. I love this app that I’ve been using for probably 3 years now: Workout for Women. Although it says “for Women”, it’s actually great for all. And, yes, it’s FREE. You’d only need to pay for selected features that you want, like guided programs.
The app comes with more than 1,000 workouts. And what I love the most about it is that it has very specific exercises for specific areas of the body that you’d like to address. It also takes away the repetitiveness that might result to boredom from the training. For example, I can choose to work on my arms on Mondays, then switch to legs on Tuesdays, then abs on Wednesdays.
It’s great for beginners and experts alike as the exercises come with different difficulty levels to choose from. Each training comes with a list of exercises, and if you want to see how to do each exercises properly, there’s a video guide that shows you how.
The app comes with daily motivational quotes which I love. Because sometimes, we just need that extra something to get us moving. It also tracks your progress so you can monitor how many days in a week or month have you done your exercise. Don’t be disappointed or disheartened when you miss a day, two, or three…what matters is that you always have another new day to move and sweat.
You can download the app through these links:
It is never too late to get started with a movement activity for your body. We don’t need to be experts nor be like those super fit gym buffs you see on social media.
The important thing is we keep loving ourselves and our bodies, stay active and try to stay fit and healthy.