Lockdown Weight Gain: How To Keep It Off!


During the 21-day national lockdown, one thing is bound to happen – lockdown weight gain! It’s inevitable. We’re confined to our homes, we can’t go to the gym, we’re not in our usual routine and of course, boredom is going to make us snack excessively. But don’t worry, here’s how you can curb that COVID-19 bulge!

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YouTube Has Hundreds Of Workouts

The first place to scour when you need workout inspiration and regimes to help you keep the corona bulge off while in isolation is YouTube! This platform offers a wide range of exercise videos, including HIIT workouts, weighted exercises and at-home solutions if you don’t have the right gym machines or items with you (did you know using a 2L bottle of water is just as good at a 2kg dumbbell?)

Need a few suggestions of YouTube fitness influencers to follow? Visit Blogilates with certified fitness instructor, Cassey Ho, and take a look at her full-length POP Pilates, PIIT28 and Bootcamp Sculpting workouts that will truly make you feel the burn!

Another must-follow is POPSUGAR, which features P90X, the Victoria’s Secret workout, Tabata and Bar Method exercise regimes. There’s also plenty of at-home, no equipment, toning workouts.

Need one more? How about FitnessBlender? This channel offers tons of HIIT and strength training exercises if you’re looking for a challenging workout to test your limits.

And lastly, how about a great workout with plenty of entertainment and dancing? The Fitness Marshall will have you up on your feet doing a dance workout to a few of your favourite tunes (Justin Bieber’s Yummy being one of them!)

We have an article dedicated to YouTube workouts here if you want to broaden your arsenal of exercise videos.

Clean The House During The Lockdown

Is doing an exercise regime not for you? Well, there is another way to get your heart rate up and have you breaking a sweat. Grab your household cleaning products and start a mass cleaning session at home. Believe it or not, but cleaning your home from top to bottom is a great full body workout. Dusting the top shelves and scrubbing grime off stove tops, ovens and showers will work the arms. Vacuuming, mopping and sweeping is great for your abs and back. Plus, all the walking around the house from room to room will have you getting your daily 10 000 steps done in no time!

women cleaning kitchen floor with mop lockdown

Do Your Steps Around Your Property

Don’t underestimate the effectiveness and power of walking! According to FitBit, completing 10 000 steps each day typically burns between 2 000 to 3 500 calories per week. So, lace up your takkies and take a power walk around your house, garden or property. If you incorporate this with a spring clean AND a YouTube workout, you’ll definitely hit that 10 000 step mark with ease.

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Limit Your Indulgences

We know! You’re stuck at home, bored with nothing better to do than snack on all of your favourite treats while binge watching throwback series like Desperate Housewives. We also have a list of must-watch throwback series here, if you’re interested. But let’s face it, the binge snacking will get the better of us by the end of the lockdown. So, how do we curb this?

Firstly, limit your snacks and where you can, swap them out for healthier alternatives. For example, if you’re craving something sweet like chocolate, pick up a fruit instead. Or rather go for a piece of dark chocolate (less calories!)

Next, stick with your regular routine of having breakfast, lunch and dinner. This lockdown is definitely throwing us all off when it comes to our norm, but you need to stick with your usual meal times to avoid excessive indulging.

And lastly, make wholesome meals that’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer throughout the day. Need to stock up on a few groceries and staples during the lockdown? Support these local fresh produce delivery services.

lockdown fresh produce and vegetables in a heart shape basket, bananas, red peppers, green peppers, orange carrots, red onions

Keep The Kids Active

There’s no easier way to keep in shape than by running after and having a blast with the kids! They’re all little bundles of energy, so they’ll definitely keep you on your feet, up and moving. Even better, why not head outside and play a few games of tag, catch, soccer, leap frog and more? These old school outdoor games will have you and the little ones active, away from technology and off the couch.

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