Over the weekend, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced several changes as lockdown begins to be eased over the next few months.
Although many found the instructions and subsequent discussions rather confusing and several parts of the UK are continuing with the stay at home message, others are pleased with the new found freedoms when it comes to unlimited daily exercise and meeting up with friends outdoors on a one-on-one basis.
If you do decide that you’d like to meet up with one of your mum friends or Buump Crew for a socially-distanced outdoor activity, here are four ideas for making the most of your time together…
- Mummy running club
Now that you can reconnect with friends on a one-to-one basis, why not arrange to meet up with a running buddy for some serious fitness and fun? Plan a 3k, 5k or 10k run, depending on your fitness levels and ability, keep your distance at all times, and go for it! If you’d rather ease yourself back in, head to your local park for some circuits and timed laps.
Running with a friend will help to keep you motivated and inspired, as well as accountable, and the unlimited time frame means you can stay out for as long as you like.
Remember to stay 2m apart from your friend, and from other members of the public, at all times.
- Mini HIIT sessions
Even if you live in the city centre, head to your local green space with a friend and devise your own HIIT workouts with 30 second bursts of mountain climbers, speed skaters, burpees, crunches, push ups, wall sits, plank, squats, lunges, tricep dips and jumping jacks, followed by 30 second rest periods.
The exercises will give you a full body workout and your friend will give you a boost with encouragement and motivation. You could even take it in turns with five minute workouts a piece.
Don’t forget to cool down and stretch afterwards, especially if you haven’t been as active during the lockdown period!
- Park bench work-outs
The humble park bench can be used for a plethora of exercises! Find a quiet spot in your local park, and get to work. You can take it in turns with your friend, with the non working out buddy shouting out the exercises for the other to follow.
For ideas, check out our nation’s favourite PE teacher, Joe Wicks, showing us seven easy exercises you can do using a park bench as equipment.
Remember to keep your distance from your workout buddy and take the anti-bac hand gel just in case!
- Coffee and a natter!
This may not sound like a fitness exercise, but a socially distanced coffee in the park with your mum friend will do wonders for your mental wellbeing! After six weeks of lockdown, with no or very little contact with others, a familiar face will be a real tonic.
Share your stresses and your worries, swap lockdown tips for keeping the kids entertained and get some plans in place for when life returns to the “new normal”.
Reconnecting with your friends again will really help you feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel, especially if you have been struggling with anxiety during the last few weeks as many mums have experienced.
Getting fit again and feeling active will do wonders for your physical health, and having your friend there (even though you can’t hug or high five just yet!) will help to ease your mental burdens and give you a much-needed boost.
Remember to stay 2m apart at all times, stay alert and wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after your outing.