Australia, our day to day routine is about to change. As we head into unchartered waters where gyms, restaurants, and basically any place that has gatherings is forced to close during the Coronavirus turmoil, we’ll all be looking for alternatives we can do from home.
Let’s face it, we’re all dining at home….for now. Many restaurants are selling their excess produce and making take away meals at very reasonable prices. Head to your local community group on Facebook and ask the question – someone in there will know who’s selling what in your local area. You’ll also be supporting small local businesses during this tough time.
If you need some inspo in the kitchen utilising pantry staples, check out these two sites for ideas
- Recipe Tin Eats have created a Coronavirus Menu Plan using common ingredients with a long shelf life and
- Yummly’s 20 Minute Dinners from the Pantry offers 15 no-fuss recipes using ingredients you may already have in your pantry.
No gym? No worries. There are literally hundreds of at home exercise apps available.
At the time of writing lots of Apps are offering free trials and some are up to 90 days. Many Apps have classes you can do with no or very little equipment. Here’s a selection of a few Apps offering free trials right now:
- Les Mills On Demand – If you go to the gym, you’ll know or have done a Les Mills class. These are now available through their App. Free 30 day trial at the time of writing.
- Bodybuilding.com/ Bodyfit – I’m personally been on this one as a paid subscriber because I love Hanna Eden’s workouts. There’s so many different trainers you can choose to work with within the Bodyfit App. Right now they’ve posted 8 free workouts you can do any time (Give Hanna a go).
- Down Dog – get Yoga fit at home. Free membership offered until 1 May with the full suite available (not just the beginners stuff)
- Peloton – This is a slick fitness app that despite the name has bike-free options. The home-fitness app enables group participation in classes including yoga, strength training, meditation and cardio workout. Right now they’re offering a 90 day free trial.
- Centr – Seen this? If you’re a fan of Chris Hemsworth then you probably know that this is his Fitness App – also with nutrition and mindfulness options. The trainers on here a top-notch. Sign up now for 6 weeks free!
- Tone It Up – Plenty of efficient workouts (many of which are booty and leg-focused) with just a yoga mat. You’ll be able to do even more with a set of dumbbells and resistance band. Available on the App Store free until April 13.
- Fitness On Demand – Thanks to Snap Fitness teaming up with Fitness On Demand you can access a specially curated library of at home workouts for 90 days.
There’s also a swag of fitness “influencers” that regularly post quick at home workouts daily on their instagram accounts. Check out the likes of @kayla_itsines, @amandabisk, @tiffhall_xo, @sallybrouwerfitness, @rachael_finch, @jshealth, @fithealthyworkouts to name a few.
You’re lucky of you’ve got stairs at home. Simply search #stairworkout on Instagram and whamo! There’s heaps of inspiration right there at your fingertips :). We continue to spruke the benefits of stair climbing as a form of exercise.
So it’s not all bad, we can still keep fit and eat well during “lockdown” – and we can’t underestimate the importance of both.
Related – 10 tips on managing anxiety during COVID-19 click here.
Let’s stay positive, help those in need, be patient and understanding.