Hello Guys, hope you are all doing well! How is Friday again? The weeks are flying by and I’m not sure how I feel about this. Anyway… at the beginning of lockdown I decided I wanted to set myself some small little targets. I was at home 24:7, working from home like a lot of you I guess. So I needed to get my head in the right space, and ultimately that was to start a fitness regime.
At school I was always in the sporty PE class. I took GCSE PE and was in the girls rounders and athletics team so I guess I enjoyed sport. Sport was something I was good at, it was a way to escape my feelings. So maybe I enjoyed that aspect more than I realized back then. Since moving back to Southampton after University I’ve always wanted to join a netball club but never found one… If anyone know of any in Southampton – let me know!
Back in February I had been in contact with a personal trainer, Emily. Emily and her partner were super busy creating their amazing gym in the grounds of their home, I’d been following the build through Emily’s fitness Instagram page and couldn’t wait to get inside and start training. I’d never had a personal trainer before, but I knew it would be the best way to keep me focused and motivated.
Then… bang! Corona virus hit and I wasn’t able to start my 1-1 PT with Emily. I was kind disappointed as I had set myself a few goals for the year, but ultimately a week later the whole country went into lockdown anyway. That’s when Emily set up a 4 week online program (I will mention more about this further down). Once again I felt relieved that I could start my fitness journey maybe not quite as planned but it was my only option.
Online Home Sculpt Plan
I started Emily’s 1.0 Home Sculpt plan the first week in April, to get myself into a WFH and fitness routine. The Home Sculpt plan was a great way to get back into fitness and what I used to love, the videos were super easy to follow and really got you feeling like you were achieving and progressing. After the 4 weeks our final measurements were taken and recorded to Emily, it was great being part of a group of 10 girls we all started the same week and encouraged each other along the way.
After the 4 week home sculpt plan, 2.0 Home Sculpt plan was available. I was so happy that I could continue my progress, with new exercises and HIIT workouts. Personally, I’d never considered home workouts, due to the lack of motivation when I would get home from work etc. But the online workouts gave me a real focus throughout 2 months of lockdown. I then continued mixing up 1.0 and 2.0 for the next few months.
I am now that person who does a home workout when they wake up and before dinner…
Overall the Online Home Sculpt Plan has allowed to be get back to something I enjoy and love, along with getting back into shape. Altogether I have lost 1st and 43inches from my body!
Smart watches are a great way to record progress and count those important 10,000 steps a day which is recommended. Being so common today with athletes of all abilities, smart watches are all about getting out what you want from them. Whether it be tracking your 10k run, calorie counting or monitoring your heart rate. Are you unsure which smart watch to get? Why not do a google search for ‘sports watches for women’ with great comparisons so there’s bound to be one to suit you. I have a love for swimming so I had to narrow down my search to swim proof smart watches.
There’s so much variety out there though, from your well known Apple, Garmin and Fitbit but you’d be surprised at the less well known branded smart watches.
I never knew you could get ‘Smart Scales’ – scales which sync with apps on your phone so you can keep on top of your health in one place. Fitbit have a variety of smart scales, or why not check out good ol’ amazon. They obviously vary in price…
It’s not a very techy piece of equipment but Resistence Bands have literally transformed my fitness journey. You can use them as part of your normal exercises or mix them up with a HIIT workout, they give you that extra push which is fully reflected on your results.
Finally, my ab roller. This little piece of equipment came into my life last year – and what a god sent it is. I love it, it gives me that extra bit of workout after my circuit workouts. It’s super small to store away and you can even do it whilst watching your favourite netflix show!
I hope this gives you a little motivation and insight into my lockdown hobby! Have you taken up a new hobby in lockdown, or decided to pursue a fitness journey? I’d love to hear your stories.