Self-isolation never felt so good

By Brooke Festa

Gyms across Australia have been forced to close their doors to stop the spread of Covid-19 and the once-buzzing hubs of activity are now a graveyard of fitness goals. Treadmills lay silent, dumbbells gather dust, and trainers say goodbye to a business they love. Fitness fanatics across the country are left to mourn.

However, it doesn’t need to be this way. Finding ways to keep fit and eating clean at home can be just as fun and rewarding. It’s not all personal hard work and planning, as many personal trainers and gym facilities have shifted their businesses online. It’s a good thing, because fitness is key in combating the sedentary nature of self-isolation.

Thrive Training & Performance trainer Danica Lynam said keeping your health in check was “imperative”.

“Regular exercise will provide significant benefits for not only your immune system at this time but keep your body and mind strong and resilient,” she said.

Fitness apps, weekly routines, and even nutritional apps are getting behind the self-isolation wave across the country, encouraging people staying at home to keep fit.

What fitness apps can we use?

Centr by Chris Hemsworth has waived its joining fees, allowing people to join the application for free for six weeks.

Not only does Centr offer fitness routines and tips, its members are able to access healthy meal plans, offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and pescatarian options.

Guided meditation programs are also available on the app.

Down Dog is a yoga app with a 4.9-star rating on the Apple store. Each time you open the app for a workout, Down Dog has a brand-new routine so you’re not always doing the same thing. Yoga, HIIT, barre, and seven-minute workouts are offered on the app as well as the option to choose your preferred time limit, level of fitness, voice coaching and in-app music.

Down Dog aims to personalise workouts specific to your needs.

Due to the outbreak, all the options listed above are free until April 1. Health care workers are offered an extended no charge membership until July 1.

C25K is a free fitness app tailored to the couch potatoes of the world, helping people to achieve a goal of running a 5km distance in an eight-week period.

The app tracks your calories and distance when you’re using it, as well as offering an audio coach and in-app music for motivation.

First-time runners are encouraged to use this app, as it has been made specifically for those who are just starting out with the sport.

Nike Training Club offers a vast range of different routines based on personal user goals and fitness levels. Over the coming weeks stuck at home, Nike Training Club will be working to provide its members with nutritional advice and workouts with help from fitness and nutritional experts.

The app also offers yoga, HIIT, cardio, strength training and many other workout styles. Nike’s aim is to help people come back from self-isolation stronger than ever.

“We may be stuck indoors, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be active,” Nike said.

Daily Yoga is a free yoga training app suitable for any fitness level. With 50 million users around the world, the app offers more than 100 different yoga and meditation classes as well as an entire series tailored for beginner users.

Not only does Daily Yoga offer multiple classes, but it records and stores a person’s practices so they are able to look back and compare their progress. It takes as little as two weeks to see some results.

Eating healthy, whilst self-isolation, doesn’t have to be as boring as it sounds. Instead of going to the pantry for a sweet snack, you can substitute the urge for sugar with a bowl of delicious and fresh fruits.

Try making a fruit salad with ingredients such as kiwi, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, pineapple and mango. Not only will you be satisfied with the sweet hit, but your body will be thanking you for the nutrients and vitamins.

GRAYANN Fitness founder Gray Horsfall said to “think lower fat, higher carb” when it comes to snacks and that boredom eating is a big no-no.

“Low calorie snacks if you’re bored or multiple small meals to keep the mind busy,” she said.

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