keeping a fitness routine without the gym

Back in January, I decided that this year I would get my body into the best shape its ever been in. What with being 21, and planning the most incredible summer – I needed to get myself into a routine pronto. I started by going to the gym before work every day, which we kept up for 2 months! Then I decided to change and go after work every day. I got myself into an amazing routine, gymming 5X a week, sticking to a great diet… and then BAM we have a global pandemic and the gyms are all shut for the foreseeable.

I had a split second of panic, but then reverted back to my 13 year old self who used to do workouts at home every day, and I knew I’d be just fine. When I was younger, I used to do Kayla Itsines BBG workouts every day which was basically high intensity body weight training. It’s been just over a month in lockdown now and I feel I have finally gotten into a routine with it all.

I am going to share with you all how I have been keeping to a fitness routine with no access to the gym. I already had resistance bands, and over the space of a month, I purchased a Yoga mat and some 2kg weights but I really don’t think having loads of equipment is very necessary.

My favourite apps

Myfitnesspal

I have been using myfitnesspal for a good 5-or-so years now. Basically, it’s a tracking app- but you can use it in lots of different ways. When I was younger, I mainly used it for calorie tracking, for a while I used it to track how much water I drank, and then when I was seriously into the gym, I used to use it for tracking macros too. Its really handy and one of my favourite ways to track my diet because you can scan the barcodes of foods and it pops up with all of the nutrients etc straight away. You can also save meals if you notice you’re eating the same meal frequently. During lockdown, I have been using it to keep track of my calories. I haven’t been overly strict with myself as I’m aiming on reducing stress- not creating it. But, as you can imagine, blogging isn’t as much of an active job as estate agency, so I’m not moving half as much as I was which is why keeping to my daily calorie allowance is important.

Strava

This is a new app for me! I saw lots of people using it on instagram. Basically, I am trying to get better at running. I am very much the complete opposite of a cardio-bunny. My gym routine consists of 5X a week weight training, with 30 mins of each session on the stair master, but I very rarely run. I have been aiming to run 4.5k 2-3 times a week, just to improve my stamina. Strava is basically an app that tracks your run via GPS, so at the end of the run you can see exactly where you’ve been. The app also tells you how fast of a pace you were running, when you’ve stopped etc. You can share the run and write notes about how you were feeling! It’s just a really good one as you can compare each run you do.

Fitbit

I am a big lover of my Fitbit anyway, I have had a Fitbit since the age of 16 and still use it every day. The Fitbit app is only helpful if you have an actual Fitbit. I mainly use the app to keep track of how many steps I’m doing, but also to record how frequently I am working out. You can also track your runs, but I find the Strava app a little more helpful. You can also set little challenges for you and your mates! Perfect for social distancing in lockdown.

Things I’ve been doing

I have been following lots of different live workouts whilst off, I find it’s easy to get myself motivated this way as it feels like I’m in a class. Loads of PT’s are doing lives at the moment, so I’m taking full advantage and trying as many as possible. It’s easy because you don’t have to think about what you’re doing, you can just follow along.

I’ve also been running a lot more than usual. The weather has been so gorgeous lately, and I’ve had lots more time on my hands. I aim to do 4.5k 2X a week. Each time, I run for a longer period of time without stopping. I am getting better but I have a looooong road ahead (excuse the pun).

My favourite fitness accounts are:

@gabbydawnallen – She is so beautiful and gives me major motivation to want to kick ass. She does several lives throughout the week which I’ve been tuning into. Every single class is killer and I never ever leave without looking like I’ve just jumped in the shower fully clothed.

@brodiecouzinsfitness – One of Brad’s good mates, but an incredible PT! Brad and I have been tuning in most days and the sessions are super intense. Gives me more of a 1-1 vibe rather than a class vibe. He goes live Monday-Saturday 10.30AM.

@alexandrashappybody – I haven’t actually bought her guide yet, But her Live workouts are great! She goes live every couple of days each with a different focus. I like to do her lives when I’m short on time as her sessions last about 20 minutes usually.

@xkateferdinand – Everyone knows the Ferdinand’s! Kate’s body is something else. She posts a couple of times a week. I haven’t actually followed a live yet when it’s been on, but I have done a workout of hers before. Her sessions are really upbeat and look intense too!

@pamela_rf – I stumbled across Pamela when I was looking on youtube for home workouts. You’d be surprised how hard it was for me to find a decent one with decent music that I could follow along to. I absolutely LOVE Pamela! She is so gorgeous and all of her workouts are really good. Her videos are easy to follow and have a timer too which I love. She does do lives (which I haven’t followed yet), but she has loads of pre-filmed videos to follow along to!

@yoga_with_kassandra – I am trying to get into yoga a little more. I really like doing a yoga session after a workout to stretch all my muscles out and just breathe. I stumbled across Kassandra on youtube – her videos are all really helpful, and easy to follow. She does both long and short videos according to what you’re wanting and how much time you have.

I think it’s important to point out that you shouldn’t feel like you have to be in a good fitness routine whilst in lockdown. Fitness is a coping mechanism for me, hence why I have been active since the age of 13. That’s not to say that it will make you feel better/worse. We’re in horrific unprecedented times, do what you need to do to cope and stay safe!