The UK lockdown has had huge effects on the population, from individuals to businesses.
Children have been homeschooled for months, most hospitality venues have been closed for just as long, and millions of people across the country have taken pay cuts or lost their jobs.
It’s not just the big changes that are having a negative impact though. The little every day changes and habits that have crept in since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak have been negatively impacting people’s motivation to exercise and work out.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the common lockdown habits that can negatively impact your motivation to work out, as well as how you can break them.
Raise your hand if you’ve been eating a lot of takeaways during lockdown. …Yes, us too!
Takeaways aren’t inherently bad. You can get some really good food delivered straight to your door and it’s great to support local businesses, especially at a time when so many businesses are struggling to make ends meet.
However, if you’re not making healthy choices, you could end up getting out of shape and feeling really sluggish, impacting your motivation to work out.
The solution: If your lockdown takeaway habit is getting out of control, try limiting it to once per week (and aim for healthier choices!).
If your drinking habits have increased during the lockdown, you’re not alone. In fact, this article from the Cambridge Independent claims that 1 in 3 adults have started drinking more alcohol during lockdown.
Alcohol can make you feel unwell, curb your productivity, disturb your sleep, make you gain weight, and ruin your workout plans for the next day. If you’re drinking more than moderately, it might be worth reducing your booze intake.
The solution: If you’re drinking during the week, try limiting it to just weekends. Using an online alcohol calculator (such as this one) can give you some home truths about the units and calories you’re consuming. If you don’t like what you see, it might be time to cut out the alcohol!*
*If you’ve been drinking large quantities of alcohol, it may be best to check with a medical professional before going cold turkey.
Now that so many people are working from home and are therefore not commuting, lie ins are on the rise! Again, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but getting out of sync with your usual sleep routine, going to bed late, and waking up late can really hinder your motivation to work out.
The solution: Don’t fret! You’ll be able to get your sleep back on track. If you’re lying in too much, try getting up 15 minutes earlier each day until you reach your desired wake up time. That way, you ease yourself into your new routine. Pair this with going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night if you’ve been staying up late.
Are dirty dishes piling up? Has your vacuum cleaner not seen the light of day in months? And have you forgotten the last time you picked up your feather duster?
Having a messy, unhygienic environment can seriously impact your mood and get up and go attitude. And the more the mess piles up, the harder it is to face the task.
The solution: Be kind to yourself. It has been a difficult year for so many people and letting things slip here and there is expected. Try setting up a cleaning routine and prioritising the most important tasks. They say making your bed, washing your dirty dishes, and taking out your bins are 3 small things that can make a big difference.
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