At the beginning of Quarantine, I think I had a minor panic moment when I realized that I could potentially not be doing fitness for months… and it could potentially be changed forever. To you, it might not seem like a big deal, but to me, it was a big deal. Fitness classes and going to the gym over the last few years have been my outlet…. it’s my space to gain physical strength that in turn would help me gain mental strength. It also has been my way of getting out of my tiny apartment. As I have mentioned before, I work remotely so I really would never leave my place normally unless I was meeting friends or going to work out, whether it was a class or just the gym. I had a huge fear of the unknown. I have always struggled with my weight, my connection with food, and the need to always be working out. Not to mention, working out was also very much a part of my morning routine which keeps me in the right headspace to take on the day to the best of my abilities… it was a lot to take in.
Over these last few weeks, I have a newfound confidence in my abilities to work out regardless of circumstance. I also have drastically improved my relationship with overworking out and my connection with food, but the connection with food is an entirely different blog post.
Working out is still part of my morning routine. Part of my morning routine is light, movement, hydration which means opening the shades, drinking a glass of water before any other liquid, and moving my body. During Quarantine, moving my body first thing during the day has been a 20-minute yoga class.
I have been doing a few different online platforms for working out. My first and absolute favorite is the Peloton App which is where my 20-minute yoga classes are from. I have found yoga to be a huge help in managing my anxiety during these uncertain times, and it helps me focus on my breathing. I have done almost every type of workout the Peloton App has to offer…. outdoor running, boot camp, strength, cardio, stretching, and yoga classes. I have been trying to be very in tune with what my body needs and what I need mentally. If I am lacking motivation, but know I need to do a run outside, I use the app and just get lost in the workout even if I am not running super-fast, I’m moving my body. If you have the Peloton App, feel free to find me my user name is madisonelisha.
One thing that has helped me stick to my fitness is scheduling it in my day, just like I did pre-quarantine. I am still holding myself accountable, but also having some grace and letting my body recover. I have also focused on what I can do instead of what I can’t do. Sure, I’d like to take a Pilates class or Orange theory, but that’s not an option right now so I have chosen to shift my mindset. As I’ve said before, shifting your mindset and pursuing positivity in your routine can make a huge difference in your overall success, with fitness, routine, work, or otherwise. A couple of other fun workouts I’ve been doing is Pure Barre, of course. The Pure Barre studio I work at has been live-streaming classes to the members’ Facebook group which is so fun. I miss my Pure Barre friends so much so this gives me a workout and the friendships I am missing.
Next week, I am thinking about doing a video with some workouts that I have been doing. Let me know if you would rather it be on IGTV or if you would rather refer to it on my YouTube Channel.
As always thank you for reading.