Currently we are in our first day of a nationwide lockdown and are being limited to one full outing of outdoor exercise a day. Leisure centres are shut, gyms are shut and events that people have been tirelessly training for have been either cancelled or postponed. Clearly it is a difficult time for everyone, and it can be easy to get lost when routine is blown out the window.
That’s why it is important to try and establish a new routine during your days at home and set some goals for yourself to try and achieve at the end of this period. Whether this be to do 30 minutes of exercise a day, read a book, or meditate every day, it doesn’t matter what, just have something that you can set out to achieve and challenge yourself.
Since my triathlon training has taken a hit with these restrictions, I have decided to take the time (as let’s face it, we have more than enough time at the moment) to focus on the little things. Since starting to run I have been struggling with shin splints, so over lockdown my aim is to do my rehab exercises most days and improve my bodies tolerance to running. I have also struggled with some other niggles over the past few months, so now is the time to focus on doing the corrective exercises that I wouldn’t necessarily have time for during my normal routine.
When setbacks arise, as hard as it can be, try to view them as an opportunity for you to achieve something new. Do that thing that you couldn’t necessarily get done before but rest assured normal life will resume soon and we can get back to doing what we love properly.
Stay home and stay safe x