• Peak For Life Team

5 Things To Keep You Positive During Lockdown

During this unprecedented time in the world, and with us Aucklanders being restricted to our homes, sometimes it is hard to stay positive. So, this blog post is going to start with a dry gym joke to hopefully put a smile on your face.

“At the gym, I decided to hop on a treadmill. People gave me weird looks, so I started jogging instead.”

There is no doubt, that you may be feeling uneasy or restless with the coronavirus pandemic consuming the world. And it is hard to escape from it with the large quantity of news coverage. So, to lift your spirits, we wanted to share with you 5 things (that are not alcohol), which can keep you positive during lockdown.

1. Stay connected with others

With technology nowadays there are so many ways to keep connected and contact our friends and family. Although we are restricted to our bubbles, there are no rules around the amount of FaceTimes or Video Chats you can have. So, we encourage you to talk to someone you haven’t seen in a while, check on your neighbours or phone a friend who might not have a big bubble.

2. Move your body every day

Whether it is walking, running, biking, swimming, dancing or doing an online Peak Class (timetable can be found on our Facebook page), you need to move your body. This is not an advert for our online classes, because we get it, Zoom classes are not for everyone, but cabin fever is a thing and it is not healthy for you or your family. You need to go out, breath in some fresh air and get your muscles moving, so you can feel energized and ready for the day ahead.

Hot Tip: do not set up your home office next to the fridge or pantry!

3. Try limit your screen time

It is so easy to switch on the TV, binge watch a series, scroll through your Facebook or watch a movie on the iPad, but we want to encourage you to take a break from the tech. If you are working from home, then you are most likely looking at a screen all day, so don’t look at a screen all night as well. Read a book, do a puzzle, play a board game, there are so many other things you could do without your phone, laptop and TV. In fact, everyone has a junk drawer or shelf or cupboard that needs sorting out – now is a great time to do it!

4. Pursue a new hobby or rediscover old ones

Now that you have a little more time on your hands, you can use your talents and skills to create, bake, make, design, knit, cook, build – the list goes on. The last lockdown many people jumped on the baking bandwagon and let’s just say there were some interesting creations. So with this lockdown, reflect on what you did and maybe didn’t do last time, then you might find a hobby that you never knew you had.

Fitness Failure: "I just burned 2000 calories. That’s the last time I leave brownies in the oven while I take a nap."

5. Have fun

Laughter is one of the greatest medicines! So, find something that you love or that makes you smile, even better that makes you laugh. You will probably find yourself laughing when Emily sticks a surprise killer finisher on the end of an already tough workout, or when you can’t walk up the stairs after Shelley’s CruxFit cause your glutes are in agony, or when Danielle doesn’t check the time properly and adds on another round. Laughing is also a great ab workout, so find something that makes you laugh each day.

On that note, we hope this post has put a smile on your face and given you some tips on how to stay positive and productive during lockdown. We want to leave you with one more dry gym jokes, just to get a little smile or giggle out of you.

"I went to the gym today. I spent 20mins bending, stretching and pulling….and when that was done my gym clothes were finally on and I could start my workout."

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