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Exercise is one of the few lawful reasons for Australians to leave their homes during the coronavirus pandemic, and experts say keeping moving during this time is incredibly important for mental and physical health.

As social distancing and lockdown laws came into effect in March, habits and lifestyles flew into disarray. Many of my clients are asking for guidance on how to re-establish routines, ideas for at-home workouts, tips for staying accountable and – perhaps most importantly – how to navigate this time with a positive mindset. Here are my tips on how to stay healthy in our temporary lockdown lifestyle.

Plan ahead

Avoid becoming victim to the comfy confines of your home by planning your days ahead of time. Write a list of things you need to do for work, family, groceries and so on, and pencil in some self-care time at a consistent time every day for the following day. Use an alarm to prompt you – I find this helps me a great deal when I lose my sense of time (or even days) while I work at home. 

If you usually incorporate weights or equipment into your exercise routine, order a pair of dumbbells, a kettlebell, TRX straps or stretch bands online. Wearable fitness technology like a Garmin, Fitbit or Apple watch can help you stay accountable by tracking your levels of activity during your day, ensuring that you’re hitting the advised 10,000 steps and reminding you to “move!” every 45 minutes.

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