Prior to the lockdown, I was a gym-goer. During the lockdown, like many, I was a walker around-the block. When I started to miss my strength training, I decided to look online.
On YouTube, I found:
Yoflaminga – Yoga with Jenny Hirtz
Each of these amazing teachers became my go-to, follow-along, fitness instructor.
In the small area beside my kitchen table aka my office desk, I would roll out my exercise mat and try their classes.
I found some that needed hand weights, stretchy bands, ankle weights, and yoga blocks. These were all easy and inexpensive to buy online. Soon I had a box filled with fitness equipment.
The more I exercised on-demand, the more I realized it was a game-changer. No more making time to go to the gym. No more travelling to the gym. No more waiting for classes to start or equipment to become free. I could literally get up from my computer, roll out my mat and be in any class within seconds.
When the gyms finally re-opened, I was lost to the online world. By then I had a monthly subscription with one of my favourite instructors, Coach Kel and was doing her classes daily. https://fitbycoachkel.com/
In the two years since, my strength and fitness have improved dramatically, and I think a big part of that has been accessing classes I would never have had the opportunity to try otherwise, coupled with the freedom to exercise whenever I want to.
The other great thing about online fitness is that as well as having an incredible array of classes to choose from there are also lots of class timeframes available. Whether I have 10 mins or 60 mins – there is an exercise programme I can follow.
When I’m feeling pinched for time but still want to move, I can. No more “I don’t have time” excuses. And each time I fit in a class, I think of James Clear and his book Atomic Habits and I say to myself “ten minutes is better than no minutes!”
Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. The same way that money multiplies through compound interest, the effects of your habits multiply as you repeat them. They seem to make little difference on any given day and yet the impact they deliver over the months and years can be enormous. It is only when looking back two, five, or perhaps ten years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent. James Clear
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