With the lockdown in full swing it can be tough to keep up the momentum of old habits – such as going to the gym. Celebrity trainer Ben Coleman has some top tips to keep you motivated even when you can’t carry on with old routines:
- Set goals or challenges – and track your progress. 100 push ups a day? No problem. You don’t need to do them all in one go – you could do it in sets of 10, or even 5, throughout the day. You’ll be amazed how quickly you get stronger!
- Pump out the tunes. There are some great playlists already made on apps like Spotify (and you can follow mine at BenColeman100 if you’ve got great taste in music like me!) but you can also make your own. Whatever gets you up and moving will work – never underestimate the power of an absolute banger.
- Try and stick to a routine. It can sound a bit boring, but if you have a 9-5, Monday to Friday job, it’s important to stick to that. If you usually have healthier meals in the week and then treat yourself a bit more at weekends, then make an effort to keep to it – even if every day feels like a Saturday.
- Keep it social. There’s no doubt that the isolation can be tough – but we’re lucky enough to live in an era where we can do a lot virtually. There are multiple classes and events you can join via social platforms. Need a bit of 1-2-1 motivation? Find out if classes or people you worked with before have offered their services remotely – I have started coaching my clients via video calling and, although it took some clients a while to get used to it, it’s working brilliantly!
- Focus on the positives. We don’t know what the future looks like, but we do know we’ll come out the other side of this. This is an opportunity to take some time – something we all usually have too little of – to focus on ourselves. And when lockdown does end, we’ll have all done it together.