Here are some tips and ideas that recently inspired me to switch up my fitness routine and stay active during the pandemic:
1. Get outside
Get outside as much as possible, as the fresh air and sunshine will help to improve your mental wellbeing. Set up a time every week to take a hike, or take a daily walk in the morning or afternoon. While you surround yourself in nature, stay mindful. Notice the wildlife, the sun, the wind and the trees. Take this time to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and emotions. And of course, remember a face mask!
2. Dedicate some space in your home to exercise
Choose a space in your home to dedicate to exercise and mindfulness. This is a great time to channel your inner interior designer and decorate your space with uplifting items, such as plants, textiles, posters, photos or crystals.
3. Update your playlists
No workout is complete without some beats. Update and customize your playlists to your workouts. Here are some of my current favorites on Spotify:
Bedroom Pop: great for stretching, warming up, yoga https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DXcxvFzl58uP7?si=h8mG_qKwTNyolEoI5b-30A
Summer Hits: great for workouts outside, upbeat tunes https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX1gRalH1mWrP?si=dnntgjZOT5OeuFLqCUte8g
Pumped Pop: great for cardio https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX5gQonLbZD9s?si=HgZiHJinQ9qPsfql3Buqfw
Beast Mode: great for intense exercise, lifting weights https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX76Wlfdnj7AP?si=1belopHtQ4yIP2hQ76plUQ
4. Try out something new
Tired of doing the same workout routines? Try out something new! I recently went completely out of my comfort zone and started taking a virtual West African dance class, and I am so happy I did. Pick up a tennis racket, a soccer ball, a jump rope—now is the time to try out the sport or activity you have always wanted to try!