Online Home Workouts (Why It Matters)
It goes without saying, that we are in unprecedented and uncertain times. To prevent a global disaster as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must drastically change our normal behaviour for an indefinite period of time. Unfortunately, this means that physically coming together to stay fit and healthy is no longer an option. We can and we will improvise, adapt and overcome. That’s why we’ve developed our online home workouts.
Psychological and Immunological Benefits of Physical Activity
Our reasons for engaging in physical activity are wide and varied, however, in the current climate, I think it’s important to emphasise the mental health benefits of exercise. With a reduction of face to face social interactions and the prospect of medical and financial hardships, finding ways to maintain good mental health has never been more important.
Maintaining regular exercise can:
- Improve Mood
- Reduce Stress
- Increase feelings of energy
- Improve Confidence
Also, with the risk of contracting a respiratory virus, it’s important to be aware of measures we can take to keep our immune system functioning at its best. Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones, which can contribute to lowering your risk of illness. NOTE: I’m not saying exercise makes you immune from COVID-19!
Online Home Workouts by Highlite Fitness
The good news is that Highlite have got you covered with a completely online homeworkout program you can do in your own home while self-isolating. It uses mostly bodyweight exercise that does not require equipment. However, if you have Kettlebells or Dumbells at home we will give you those options.
Here are some tips for your online home workouts
- Set yourself a start time
Just like showing up to your favourite group fitness session at Highlite, try and work off a timetable so you don’t procrastinate all day. Even better, log onto the live sessions on Zoom with Mark!
- Make sure to use the warm-ups
When you’re training at home it’s easy to skip straight to the meat of the session but please use our warms ups we have created for you. They will help maintain your mobility and will activate key muscle groups for the high-intensity stuff to follow.
- Continue to record your sessions where possible
Most of us have a polar HR device so make sure you jump on to the Polar Beat app and record your sessions. This is great for motivation and helps us check the intensity of the sessions. It’s a good idea to also record your sets, reps and resistance (if applicable) so you can use progressive overload to periodise your home workouts.
- Share your workouts with the community
One of the main reasons we participate in small group fitness sessions is the community atmosphere that is created. It’s more important than ever to maintain the social bonds formed through exercise that we value so greatly.
- Post your workouts
- Encourage each other in the comments
- Maintain some fun and healthy banter
Lastly, I just want to shout out the owner, founder and master trainer of Highlite Fitness, Mark Hebblewhite. His work over the past few weeks has been nothing short of inspiring. He’s created the online home workout programs from scratch while adapting to the constant changes in restrictions. He’s kept our unique community together, fit and healthy in the toughest of times for a small business. And judging by the online engagement, you guys are fully on board to ride this thing out. I love it!
And I’m so confident that once we get through to the other side and we get to all come together again, that Highlite will be even better and still the best place to train in Newcastle!
Written by Todd Wright