So virtual fitness classes are sticking around for yet more weeks, and whilst I know it’s not the same as being together in a studio, we are lucky enough to be able to make it pretty close to that.
Probably one of the hardest things to do during these lockdowns is to maintain any kind of structure to your days and weeks. One day can blend into the next, and we can get sucked into hours behind a computer screen as we spend more time indoors. And so we can lose motivation to even get dressed in the morning, never mind exercise. But have faith, all will be well, and each of our bodies craves movement. So the time will come when yours wants to get back to that class, or those runs, or that cycle, and that time will be the right one for you. Be kind to yourself, let your routines adapt to this new normal, and don’t be hard on yourself if you miss a class or demolish the biscuit tin before breakfast - all really will be well.
I’ve been running Zoom classes now since March 2020. Eight months later and I’ve learnt a lot about how to make those the best I can and how I can bring the experience as close to in person classes as I can. I will continue to adapt and improve over the coming weeks and months, and work to make my classes the best they can be, and to hopefully give you the precious time on a mat that you deserve. And I’m so grateful that we can continue to connect and exercise together.
I also now record every class so that you can use those videos for convenient at-home practice, and hopefully use them to get even more movement into your week when that works for you.
So my top tip would be to work out your new routine. Plan your days and create structure by making a regular slot for a walk in the park, or booking that class, and find a community in any way that you can. And remember our lovely box breathing if you’re feeling anxious or fed up. Calm the nervous system with a few really deep controlled breaths, in for 5 and out for 5, and I promise you’ll feel better.
Have a lovely weekend 😊