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Making Movement a Part of Everyday Life

This post was written in collaboration with Sure Deodorants as part of their #MoveMoreAtHome campaign.

Ready to #MoveMoreAtHome?! Sure deodorants are encouraging us all to make movement a part of our everyday life, so I’m sharing my thoughts and ideas with you in this post.

Read more about what Sure are doing here.

It’s becoming clearer with each day, that even when the world around us begins to resemble what we once knew as normal, our attitudes will have been forever changed.

Over the past few months, many of us have found new ways to move, outside of your typical gym setting. We’ve taken to Zoom for live workouts, attempted to start running or even jumped on two wheels outdoors when permitted, or invested in indoor trainers.

It’s also been a taxing time for us mentally – we know how much the great outdoors can impact out mental health. For some, the pressure to ‘move more’ has been overwhelming at times, and you know what, that’s okay.

It’s evident that new ways of working will come from all this, with more working from home and more digital collaborations. Either way, it will most likely mean more time at home.

How I’ve Been Moving More At Home

I’ve Taken Cycling Indoors & Virtual

Since the beginning of March, I’ve taken my cycling indoors. I’ve always preferred riding in a group (which is why I became a Breeze Champion) which hasn’t been possible.

It just so happened I had upgraded my indoor turbo trainer to a smart trainer in early March so was perfect timing. I also started a Zwift subscription as a way to connect with others virtually and joined Dirty WKND Cycling Club who have taken sessions online. Dirty WKND were the first (and only) club I’ve ridden with and thoroughly felt a part of the community.

I’ve started teaching live online classes

I’ve been teaching a regular Friday evening class at Gymbox for about 5/6 years and honestly, when that couldn’t happen anymore, I missed it a lot. It formed part of the structure of my week, and as someone who worked a lot from home anyway, it was the perfect end to the week seeing everyones faces and getting to catch up.

I decided to offer some classes online via Zoom, as a way to help me move more at home, to help others move more at home and a way to connect with each other even if just virtually.

More Ways To Move At Home

If you don’t like working out in your living room, and are lucky enough to have a garden, use it! If you struggle for WiFi in the garden you can check out a device like the Skyroam Solis X.

If you can’t make the times of live classes, then check out an offering like the Fiit app which has on demand classes plus live classes 24 hours a day.

If you’re still working, and/or your job is labour intensive, you should check out Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga where poses are held for longer periods of time than in other styles. It’s the perfect way to unwind of an evening. I’m pretty sure the Fiit app has some Yin classes too.

Have a daily boogie! In one community I’m a part of, we choose a song each day and at 3pm we have a dance off! Everyone is encouraged to create a time-lapse video (very much optional) for fun to share into the group.

Try something new. Clubbercise (with glow sticks), hula hooping, resistance band workouts, body pump… the world is pretty much our oyster with everything being accessible online. Now might be just the time to experiment and find the thing that makes us wanna move!

If you feel confident doing so, make up your own workout. I know online classes aren’t for everyone so if you’re happy doing your own thing, why not! If you need some inspiration, I have plenty of workout ideas on the blog. Here’s one that works on your arms, shoulders and core – you can sub weights for tin cans or anything else you have to hand.

If you’re worried about an injury, then Personal Training is a great option to get the 1:1 time with a professional who can work around your injury. Here are some tips on what to look for when hiring a personal trainer.


The main message I want to share is movement doesn’t have to involve a gruelling, sweat fest, equipment fuelled workout which leaves you wanting bed.

There are so many other ways to feel after moving – energised, fresh, relaxed, calm… you just need to find your reason to move.

How have you been coping? Are you moving more or less at home?

Elle

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  1. May 22, 2020 / 17:52

    Thanks for sharing your creative ways to make movement a part of every day. Lockdown has definitely made my workouts more innovative with water bottles being used as weights and dressing gown belts helping with stretches haha!

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