Keeping Fit Through Restrictions
With restrictions changing every few weeks, it's getting harder and harder to maintain habits and build momentum in your training schedule.
The new restrictions due to Covid-19 come as the days are growing shorter, and after so many months of uncertainty, it’s so important that we look after ourselves and practice as much self-care as we can to maximise our mental and physical wellbeing. That’s why we, at McSport are providing customers with free workouts on our Instagram to help motivate customers to maintain a healthy fitness routine at home, and to inform people on different workouts to try for different goals with different levels of equipment. Just because the gyms close, or you can't make it to the gym, doesn't mean you can't achieve your goals and progress your fitness. You can do this from home, with different equipment, it just takes some creativity!
McSport Strength & Fitness Advisor Aaron Smyth:
“I think a lot of people don’t realise how important staying active is – not only for physical health but for mental health too.
People should continue to exercise from home as much as they can during restrictions. Exercise reduces our risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. It also promotes lean muscle gain, boosts energy, improves mood, and can aid in weight management. Psychologically, it has enormous benefits too, reducing stress by up to 47% and symptoms of postnatal depression as well. These are just a fraction of the benefits of exercising daily, either at home or outside.”
As for Workout Equipment
Working out at home – no matter what your budget or how much space you have – is easy to do, and affordable. Whether you invest in new equipment or simply use ordinary household objects and just your own body weight, you can set up your own home gym in no time to keep active throughout any restrictions and beyond!
If you are looking to invest in some new kit, here are some of Aaron’s top picks for versatility to achieve a gym-level workout at home: (We already have loads of workouts available over on our Instagram channel with these products!)
The Hit Fitness Aerobic Step, €59.95
The Hit Fitness 10ft Adjustable Length Speed Rope, €11.25
The Hit Fitness Power Bands, from €6.95
The Hit Fitness Loop Band, from €1.95
The Hit Fitness Kettlebell, €61.95
The Hit Fitness Round Rubber 7.5kg Dumbbells, €73.95 for a pair
The Fitness Mad Pro Suspension Trainer, €74.95
Where To Find Our Workouts
Follow McSport on Instagram @mcsportireland to catch Aaron’s workouts, Pilates workouts and loads of other workout ideas and advice!
Plus, we will be running competitions throughout to bag yourself some new kit!