We have been adjusting to working and learning from home. Now, more than ever, it is important to keep exercising and moving! Even though you can’t necessarily do your regular training, take this opportunity to do something new, and build new skills. Not only is the exercise important for your physical self, but using the great strength of your athletic ability will also help you manage stress, prevent depression, and ease anxiety. You might have received some training guidelines from your coaches and trainers. If not, here are some more ideas for getting great workouts. These are ideas by Sarah Pfau, Director of Sports Medicine at Seattle University. The best part is these can be done in the home if getting outside isn’t a good option. Dancing to favorite playlist Dance Church Kaisafit Jump rope Holding planks Do sets of walking your stairs Pilates- find one on You Tube A home made circuit with body weight, or dumb bells if you have them. I will encourage you to see this as a great time to reinforce or to begin incorporating yoga into your training program. Not only does increasing strength in the core and stability muscles help with power, speed, and balance, but this can also help prevent injury. Even better, this is an active way to engage in a mindfulness practice. Studios are now offering virtual classes (try OmCulture, Sound Yoga, Twist Yoga) and there are several options on You Tube to try. I like Yoga with Adriene as she offers a variety of types, and for different amounts of time. If you are having trouble getting motivated to stick with your training program- go to my Resources
page and download the Core Building and Core Flexing Worksheets. These are designed to get you refocused on what is important to you, what you are good at, and what goals you want to set. Remember, you don’t have to get your normal intensity of training to get the psychological benefits of activity. Just 30 minutes a day of walking or some other light to moderate activity will help improve concentration, sleep, and mood. So, even though you are still stuck at home for more time- find a way to keep moving!