NCTV Episode 5
Continuing with the series of bitesize health tip videos which can be found here on my YouTube Channel, here is Part 2 of an exercise two-parter, including:-
- Ideas for working out in your home or garden
- Getting imaginative with your environment
- Using social media workouts
- How much is enough
- How to stay motivated
If you’d prefer to read the content within, rather than watch the video, then feel free to read the transcript, as follows:-
Hello and welcome back to NCTV this is part 2 of the exercise special. In the first part we covered why it’s important to exercise and this leads us nicely onto this episode on How To Exercise.
You’d think this would be fairly obvious and if we weren’t currently in an environment of social isolation then you could join a sports club tailored to your interests, join a gym, recruit a personal trainer, take up fitness or dance classes of various sorts, learn a martial art or even go swimming.
However, many of these forms of exercise are now off limits until the government decides to ease the social restrictions in place.
As a result, we now have to be a little more imaginative in how we obtain our exercise but with some thought and creativity, it can actually be very doable at home or in your garden.
Remember, we still want to be aiming for around 30mins or more if possible, so here are a few ideas:-
Firstly, if you prefer to follow instruction and keep to a set timed routine of exercises then social media is great, particularly YouTube where you can find hundreds of workouts and some of them may even be Live streamed recordings that you can follow along with. There’s something for all ages.
Most people by now would have heard of Joe Wicks The Body Coach. He is currently providing High Intensity Interval Training workouts, as PE lessons for kids, every weekday at 9am on YouTube Live. Whilst it’s aimed at children, anyone can take part as my wife and I will attest to. He also provides home workout videos for seniors which my 70-year-old mother enjoys doing and more advanced workouts for those who are already fit and strong.
Aside from that there are plenty more ways you make everyday activities more active. For example, if you have stairs you could do multiple up and down repetitions or perform a step workout. You could wash your car or do some gardening to the beat of some music to make it more fun. Do some pull-ups on a tree branch, perform a bleep test or run laps of your garden? Maybe even mix it up with some bunny hops as it’s Easter this weekend.
If you have weights such as barbells or dumbbells, now is the time to get them out, dust them off and put them to good use, likewise with any other type of exercise equipment you may have.
You could also follow along to a Pilates or Yoga DVD or even just do some dancing – you can always close the curtains if you feel a bit self-conscious with that one.
I realise not all of these will be doable for every type of person but obviously you can pick & choose accordingly. The possibilities are endless.
Another top tip – Try to do it with or at the same time as someone you know and maybe use a fitness tracker to hit specific goals and keep you motivated.
It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, be sure to warm up and cool down before and after exercise.
Hopefully some of that advice has struck a chord and inspired you to get moving to stay active and healthy, if you’re not already doing so.
That concludes this episode of NCTV and part 2 of the Isolation Exercise special. See you next time for some more bite sized bits to help your health flourish. Bye