Some of you, like us, may be tempted during ‘lockdown’ to try out your first ‘online’ exercise class. Having tried several variations John and I have the following tips for you to ensure you complete your exercise safely:
Dress as you would for Exercise
Gents, doing ‘Sit Ups’ wearing baggy pyjama shorts is categorically NOT a good look and neither are braless, ‘Star Jumps’ in your nightie ladies. Once seen never forgotten so to avoid irreparable damage to your children please dress as you would if attending a sports class at the gym for example.
Plan your Exercise Space
Your sitting room I suggest, like ours, is designed predominately for, well, sitting. In order to avoid family row of hitherto unprecedented proportions you want to consider not ‘dripping your disgusting sweat’ all over the brand new carpet or ‘smashing your fist’ into the recently purchased, fantastically expensive glass light fitting during an energetic round of ‘stair climbers’.
Ensure you know how to use the Tech
Spending the first 10 minutes working out how to ‘log on’ to your chosen exercise class will be very irritating. Frustration levels will be fuelled further if you then spend the next 15 minutes adjusting the screen / searching for the volume button on your laptop because you can’t see / hear what squeaky Joe is up to.
Remove Teenagers from the ‘Workout’ area
Should you be fortunate enough to be sharing ‘lockdown’ with a 12 year old boy who considers sarcasm to be the very highest form of wit then you have two choices. Either force them to take part in the class with you or ensure they are physically barred from entering the ‘workout’ area. No one’s self-esteem can survive 30 minutes of withering disdain delivered by a pre teen commentating on your middle-aged attempts to find ‘Half Lotus’.
Exercise and Alcohol don’t Mix
I fear that ‘lockdown’ may for some have meant abandonment our normal levels and times of alcohol consumption. Can I suggest that an hour or two into your ‘Quarantine Cocktail Hour’ is not the time to attempt ‘that Zumba class you’ve been meaning to try for ages’. Exercising while ‘half cut’ is likely to lead you to attempt certain moves, such as very high kicks, which are inadvisable to a person with your tight hamstrings. Don’t be that drunken Clown in A&E! Step away from the laptop!
Stay Safe SE Fitness!