Greetings from my couch!
Limiting our social lives has never felt stranger, but thankfully, technology comes to the rescue! Our smartphones are now unquestionably a force for good – our lifelines which allow us to stay connected to others at this uncertain time.
(Re)connect to the online world
Shopping hasn’t stopped: it’s just moved online. It might even be cheaper as fashion and accessory brands offer attractive discounts and online sales.
We can still eat from our favourite restaurants without leaving the couch, thanks to takeaway and delivery services. On Uber Eats and Just Eat, you don’t even have to see the driver, thanks to new policies about no-contact delivery options.
We can do effective work remotely via videoconferencing and alternative online workplaces, and YES, we can still exercise like we were in a class with our personal trainers and instructors online. Health and fitness are key in these times of self-isolation and epidemic: you have to stay fit, and you don’t need a gym to do it. Heartcore Pilates, the boutique group of gyms dedicated to yoga and pilates that promotes mindfulness of body and spirit has moved their entire studio online, releasing live-streaming classes on social media every day, giving everyone the opportunity to train from home.
Every day, they put out a lineup of their daily programme
Stefania, founder of SteffyB, has benefited from this: “I have been attending Heartcore classes in Hampstead every day for the last 3 years and when the gym closed, I thought it was the end of the world! It was not. I am so glad the team has started the online courses. They kinda make my day better and easier”
Stefania also shares her personal self-isolation workout:
“I go for a 45-50 min run early in the morning, then tune in for a yoga or pilates class to stretch and strengthen my muscles and core. After a quick shower, I can focus on work for the rest of the day. After an afternoon spent between calls and screens, I need a break, so I tune in for another Heartcore class at 5pm to open and relax my body and mind. Remember, online classes are not necessarily easy, you can choose your own rhythm, but it can be pretty hard and sweaty. I then go out for a quick walk to the supermarket and back home to prepare my dinner…and have an early night. Take this time as an opportunity to rest, sleep well and recharge your body”.
@Heartcore is our favourite programme so far and it’s highly recommended as their live classes are for any level, so don’t worry if you’re a beginner. You’re in your home and no one can see or judge you, so you can go at your own pace. Can’t make it to the live sessions? No problem. The Heartcore team has recently announced that it will soon be possible to re-watch the sessions on their IGTV page.
If you feel you need a bit more exercise, you can still go for a run or long walk, as long as you keep the advised #social__distancing. Or, order some weights online and set up a circuit in your living room.
Why is it so important to keep exercising?
You need to stay healthy and keep moving. Exercise is a key part of everyone’s wellbeing – being forced to spend a long time in one space can stress out the body and mind!
Daily breathing exercises, yoga and meditation can make isolation less frightening and help us to really be with ourselves more serenely. Don’t believe me? Try it!
Finally thank you to @SweatyBetty for providing my training gear – I can always rely on them for the comfiest, most stylish fitness looks. You can check out their latest collections here