During the coronavirus lockdown I feel it Is important to keep fit and keep up with exercise, I do this by going on runs, walks and doing workouts daily. I have taken part in Chloe Ting’s 2 week shred and her 2 week ab program since the start of lockdown every day. I also go on walks every second day with my mum and brother. We try to go out early in the morning and start the day off correctly. Every other day I go for runs. And at the start of lockdown I was nominated for the run 5, donate 5, nominate 5, to help raise Money for the NHS I timed myself and decided I wanted to see how much faster I would be able to do it by the end of lockdown. These are the ways I have tried to stay fit and healthy throughout lockdown and hopefully I will continue to do so for the remainder
Being part of a sports team can give you a real sense of belonging and purpose. I started really getting into basketball in primary 7 when Mr MacWhirter asked me to come along to basketball training in the morning. I love being part of the school team and it has hugely helped my confidence and improved my basketball skills. We have a really great team who all work together and we have all developed so much.
Two years ago, I joined Falkirk Fury, I was super scared and nervous as it was something I had never done before. I didn’t know anyone and didn’t have as much experience as many of the other players.
I worked really hard to prove to myself and others that I should be part of the team. This was challenging but I put the work in. Training was 3 or 4 times a week with games most weekends. I was exercising more than ever but ended up so much fitter whilst enjoying myself.
I had to push myself to have the confidence to get to know the other players. Week by week I started to build friendships with many of the players both on court and in life. Some of my basketball team are now among my closest friends.
I had the experience of participating in the U14 Scottish Cup, National Challenge and Monster Ball. I couldn’t believe my coaches believed in me so much that they let me play in these so early on. I loved every minute of these competitions and they boosted my confidence and self-esteem massively.
I would encourage anyone who is thinking about joining a new team sport to go for it as its one of the best choices I’ve made.
To keep myself active during lockdown I have been walking my dog daily. Our favourite place to go is down at Kinneil Woods where he likes to explore amongst the trees and bark at the swans! This has ensured I’ve stuck to a routine of sorts as I have been getting up at the same time each morning. Alongside this I have been participating in group workouts through zoom led by one of my friends. Before Easter I found in particular the workouts created by the Pe department staff particularly worthwhile and enjoyable. I also stepped entirely out of my comfort zone to complete the 5K run challenge. This was a huge achievement for me as running has never been something that appealed to me. I have found it beneficial to use this time to challenge myself and try new things I normally would have avoided. Out with sport I have been learning Spanish on duolingo and advancing my baking skills. All of this has not only maintained my physical health but has helped keep my mental health good which is just as important during these unpredictable and scary times.
I’ve always been active and thought lockdown was going to be really boring because a lot of the things that I would usually do to keep fit were cancelled however I think I’ve actually been even more active than usual.
Although we’ve been stuck at home I’ve been making sure to keep my fitness levels up. I am a flyer with Storm Evolution Allstars Cheer Team and we had just completed our first competition of the season when we were told to stay home. So although classes were cancelled our Coach very quickly set up virtual training and I train by using Zoom classes three nights a week. There are huge restrictions because Cheer is a team sport and we can’t meet up but we practice stretching and technique to work on our flexibility, conditioning to build strength and stamina and as a flyer I’m also required to do advance stretching and tumbling where we drill for back handspring, back tucks and pulling flyer positions.
In addition I have been following Chloe Ting’s high intensity working out programmes and challenges every day and doing Les Mill classes such as Body Combat, Barr, Body Balance and Sh’bam.
Like many others I was nominated to run 5km for the NHS 5,5,5 challenge which I was initially dreading but actually didn’t find it too bad once I started.
During lockdown, I have been working on my new skills. I have been working on two in particular, aerial and back handspring. I built my way up by first of all starting doing some drills and done all of the skills I needed in order to reach my goal. Then I started working on the technique side of it all such as straight legs, arms and pointed toes. After that I decided to throw my tricks on the trampoline and tried it on there for a while before slowly moving down to the ground.
This week is mental health awareness week and I thought I should share my story of mental health in hopes of helping someone who may be reading this.
3 years ago I was diagnosed with depression, a mental illness that causes feelings of severe hopelessness and sadness, this made it extremely hard to do everyday tasks such as: going to school, eating properly, socialising and even getting out of my bed in the morning. Over these past few years, I have been working hard to learn how to live with depression and be able to cope with the struggles that come with it. I found that exercise/sport is one thing that has been beneficial for me, not only because of the chemicals it releases in your brain but also because it gives a sense of motivation. Knowing that I have basketball training to go to first thing in the morning almost forces me to get up as it can give me an outlet or distraction from my thoughts
Although I have become much better at controlling my thoughts and learned different ways to cope, it never truly goes away and that is something I would like to stress. People seem to think that you can ‘just be happy’ or ‘stop thinking like that’. It is not that easy, but you can learn ways to not let mental illness control or own you.
If you are experiencing poor mental health, I cannot encourage you enough to speak to a parent/carer, friend or even a teacher to lift a weight off your shoulders. Also some other positive things you could do is exercise daily, creating an outlet for your emotions whether that’s through art/music/sport and something I do most nights that helps me greatly is write down 3 good things that happened to me that day. It can be as simple as speaking to someone I miss over the phone to getting into a course I applied for. You are never alone in what you go through no matter how lonely you feel, every cloud has a silver lining.
Although all sport has stopped and I am not able to get on the water to paddle, I am still training 6 days a week, twice a day.
I had some competition goals for this year but they are on hold right now and I am lucky that I am at the bottom end of under 18 so have another year after this one as a Junior before moving to senior, so for now I am focussing on land based work in the hope that I am ready for when racing starts again.
I follow a training plan set by my coach which for me is focussed on lots of strength work and building endurance.
I am doing a lot of gym work, trying to add weight and power to the exercises and reps that I am doing
I have set myself a goal of adding 5 to 10 kg of weight this year, most of which needs to be muscle.
A typical week for me includes 3 or 4 runs (long distance and sprints), 3 or 4 Gym sessions and 5 ERGO sessions.
I also use a GPS heart rate monitor to record my sessions and to stay within the required level set by my coach.
To our excitement we’ve already seen football return to the pitch in Germany this weekend. Huge changes were seen – no fans, player testing ahead of games, social distancing, and a disinfected ball to name a few!
Changes aren’t only for players – fans should expect a great deal of change as well. Like the football we should expect empty stadiums at first with plans to gradually build up to say 25% of stadiums filled.
Some of the changes we are starting to hear about introducing for all sports are:
Temperature checks before entering.
Hand sanitizer everywhere.
Need to wear masks when inside and queuing.
No / limited food options and fans encouraged to bring their own.
Fans having to bring clear bags so security guards can see what is being brought in without normal security checks.
Social distancing seating.
There’s no crystal ball so we can only wait to see how things progress over the coming weeks and months.
During lockdown I have been aiming to exercise between 2 and 3 times a day, one of them being my hour of outdoor exercise. I have been completing online workouts, stretching daily like I would be if I was in cheer or dance. I have also been walking, cycling or running during my outdoor exercise period.
I would also like to say that during this stressful time exercise has became very motivating and has almost forced me to get up and be productive throughout the day. All in all, I have really been enjoying my exercises every day and I am thankful to still be able to.