Katie Hesketh is a PhD Researcher at the Liverpool John Moores University. Her Phd was about exercising at home.
“As you will be aware in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 we have now been advised to social-isolate. One of the problems with this situation is a serious reduction in our physical activity and exercise levels. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, but exercise keeps you fit and healthy, and can also help reduce anxiety and improve your mood. Something I think we all need at the moment!
Although, like many other mundane things, the way we exercise also now needs to change. Luckily I have been conducting research during my PhD on exercising at home, specifically using home-based high intensity interval training (HIIT). From completing this research, I have gathered a few tips and tricks that helped my participants complete their exercises 3 times a week for 12 weeks.
The key ones for me are make sure you have a work out space. All you need is to lay down a towel or a yoga mat and voilà: a workout space!
One of the biggest tricks that worked for my participants was exercising in the morning. And you now have a reason to get changed out of those PJs!
Finally, grab a buddy to workout with. This doesn’t need to be in person, you could set up an exercise What’s App group, or Skype while exercising to keep yourself motivated!
Happy exercising everyone!”