Repeated lockdowns have denied millions of UK fitness enthusiasts the opportunity to get down to their local gym and exert themselves. It’s created a little bit of a boom for home fitness equipment, much of which is sure to appear on Gumtree and eBay shortly after lockdown wraps up.
For many of us, home exercise might be a long-term solution. If you cut the trip to the gym out of your routine, there’s a lot more time to actually do the work. Plus, you’ll be able to shower and eat immediately after your last set is done.
When you don’t have access to the expensive equipment at the gym, you’ll have to rely on body-weight exercises. In many cases, this isn’t such a terrible thing; press-ups, chin-ups, and squats are all fantastic ways of attacking multiple muscle-groups. Record yourself doing them and see if you can correct your own form, before any mistakes become habitual.
What if I’ve injured myself?
If you’ve managed to suffer an injury, be it a major or a minor one, then you’ll need to adjust your exercise routine to fit your rehabilitation. Your doctor may be able to provide a recommendation, so if you’re planning on making some severe changes to your routine, be sure to consult them.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to keep up with low-intensity exercise, like walking, as a first step (often literally) toward fitness. It’s low intensity, and less likely to aggravate your injury. Ramp up your mileage over time.
If you don’t have the use of your legs, then getting those calories burned might be a little more difficult. Taking up home yoga can be a great way to maintain flexibility, and to address muscular imbalances. Like everything, regular practice will see results.
What should I do if I’m hurt for the long-term?
When you can’t exercise for several weeks, months, or even years, it can be severely mentally trying. Make sure that you have the mental support structures in place, and make sure that you get into the habit of doing your PT exercises early in the day, so that you don’t have the responsibility looming over you all afternoon.
If you’ve been provided with substandard medical care which has hampered your recovery, then you might be entitled to compensation. Speak to a medical negligence solicitor; if your case has merit, they may agree to pursue it on a no-win, no-fee basis.