If you’re new to exercise, or feeling a bit lost because your usual exercise routine isn’t possible right now, here are some ideas to get you moving:
Workout online: There are lots of different free exercise options online to try, regardless of your fitness level. From Yoga and strength workouts, to Pilates, high intensity training (HIT) and more. For more inspiration head to the and Sport Australia Find your 30 campaign.
Go freestyle: If a structured routine is not your style, get creative and build your own workout – instead of weights, use household items like filled water bottles, and cans or jars of food, walk or run on the spot for 30 second intervals , do some star jumps, planks, sit-ups, push ups or even burpees. Anything to get your heart rate up a little.
Go solo outside if you can, or with one other person (excludes family members) keeping 1.5 metres away from others. Walking, cycling and running are great solo activities and safe if you are feeling well and haven’t been asked to self-isolate. Its suggest to go early in the morning or ate in the day avoiding streets and parks with high foot traffic to minimise your risk.
Remember to take some hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water when for at least 20 seconds as soon as you get indoors.
A word of advice before you start: if you’re new to exercise, start small – maybe try 10 minutes of yoga or walking a day, then gradually build up.
Even 10 minutes of movement a day can help your body and mind feel better. Encourage your loved ones to take a moment to move their bodies too; it’s a great opportunity to develop a healthy new habit!!
Importantly, if you’re not feeling well, follow the advice of your health professional - including some rest. It’s vital that we prioritise the health and safety of ourselves, family, friends and the community.