With the second wave of coronavirus on its way around the world, many countries are being faced with tighter measures, and in some cases, another lockdown. The idea of being stuck inside as autumn sets in can be disheartening, especially if you’re accustomed to being active. However, there are ways to keep fit during this period, even as things close again. 

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Stick to a Schedule

Staying fit isn’t just about diet and exercise. Sticking to a daily schedule can keep you motivated and less likely to slack off or simply head to bed to watch endless hours of Netflix. By creating a sensible schedule that includes work, chores, and exercise, you’ll feel better about what you’ve accomplished. Plus, you won’t have to think about what you should do next. The only thing to bear in mind when making a schedule is not to cram too much in and ensure that it suits your lifestyle. There is no point doing too much and having burnout!

Keep Moving

Even if gyms and leisure centres are closing again in your area, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep moving. Autumn is a great time to be outside and enjoy the fall colours, whether that’s for a regular walk or a run. To make this more entertaining, you could even buy a blood pressure watch which can motivate you to stay active and monitor your heart rate, sleep patterns, and more.

Moving also doesn’t have to involve exercise, either. If you have the luxury of time on your side, a DIY project or passion project can be great ways to keep moving, especially if physical labour is involved. If DIY isn’t your thing, though, try to find an activity that involves moving so that you’re not sedentary. 

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Be Mindful of What You Eat

This is an obvious point, but another important element of staying fit is to be mindful of what you eat. Staying active isn’t going to help much if you’re gorging on unhealthy food all the time. But being mindful also isn’t really about dieting. It’s about maintaining balance and allowing yourself to enjoy the best of both worlds but in moderation. By encouraging yourself to eat a healthy dose of fruits, vegetables, and proteins, but with flexibility for the odd treat, you’re much more likely to stick to it.

Have Fun

In our fit-obsessed culture, we are encouraged to push our bodies to the maximum, often at the expense of enjoyment. While those high-intensity exercises can help you get rid of a lot of energy, over time they can also lead to burnout. Also, motivating yourself to do high-intensity exercise can be a challenge because they’re often more gruelling than enjoyable. If you want to stay healthy for the long term, try to engage in exercise or activities that are fun or that you enjoy. In doing so, you’ll be much more motivated to continue doing it. 

Stricter measures and second lockdowns needn’t stop you from staying fit, even as the temperatures plummet. Keep the tips in mind, and you should be able to keep your fitness on track well into the winter months. Have fun!

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