Spalding area fitness instructor gives tips on how to stay fit and fight the Christmas bulge during lockdown
Many of us will be embarking on New Year’s resolutions to lose the pounds piled on over Christmas but with the gyms closed how do you stick to it?
Fear not as Spalding fitness instructor Sylvia Lloyd has a host of tips which will not only help you to remain motivated during lockdown but also get 2021 off to a healthy start.
Sylvia is a self-employed fitness instructor and is currently running a series of online classes.
She said: “Lockdown is temporary. The more we lose fitness in this temporary stage, the harder it is to get it back.”
Government guidelines recommend that people undertake 150 minutes of activity a week which works out to be 20 minutes a day.
Sylvia said: “What they class as activity is anything that gets your heart rate up and makes you a little out of breath. That activity could be cleaning, going for a dog walk, gardening or DIY as long as it gets your heart rate going. And you could be doing this for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening.”
And with the advent of a new lockdown, many people will also be returning to working from their kitchen tables or spare bedrooms.
Sylvia said: “If you have a job that is sitting at desk you are going to be in a scrunched up position with your hip flexors tightened up and shoulders rounded up.
“So every hour you need to get up and move for around three to four minutes. Putting your shoulders back, lift your chest up will correct that bad posture. It has been proven that you start to lose concentration after 40 minutes. By getting the oxygen flowing to your brain it helps you to be more productive.”
Sylvia also recommends swapping unhealthy foods for fruit and nuts along with planning your meals over the week. She said: “Set yourself a little challenge, it doesn’t have to be a massive one. It could be climbing the stairs 10 times a day or doing a 5km run but push yourself that little bit more than the day before.
“We are allowed out once a day for exercise so it is important to use that time to go out for a walk, bike ride.
“People have the perception that you need a lot of equipment and space to exercise but you don’t. You can do simple body weight exercises such as lunges, star jumps, squats and push-ups in your living room.
“There are also lots of online fitness classes and apps which are targeted at all fitness ranges. If you book an online class or app you are more likely to stick to it.”
- For more information visit the Sylvia Lloyd Fitness Instructor page on Facebook.