Looking After Your Body and Mind During Lockdown

Whether we’re in lockdown or not, staying in a healthy routine is the first step to keeping on top of your physical and mental wellbeing, but it’s particularly important now.

For Kiwis currently in lockdown or MIQ, Catrina Kuehler and Kelly Percy from fu/nis EMS Training, the boutique electro muscle stimulation studio in Auckland, have some tips on how to tackle each day to keep yourself in the best possible headspace and lockdown health.

1. Have non-negotiables

Catrina suggests having some non-negotiables each day. These can be simple and they’ll differ for everyone. Make them realistic and easy to adhere to, some examples include getting dressed and showered every day; going out for a walk at least once a day; or setting boundaries on how long you work every day.

“Be nice to yourself, if one day you break all your plans, then simply flow with it. In stressful times like these we don’t need to add negative self-talk to the list, as our minds are already in an exceptionally stressful state,” said Catrina.

2. Move your body

Moving your body during the day is important in lockdown to stay energised. We’re not commuting to work, school or to see friends, go shopping or out to restaurants, so we need to make sure we are using up energy in other ways.

“Why not make the effort each day to explore the neighbourhood and if you are close enough, walk to the supermarket instead of driving,” says Kelly.

“It’s amazing how small actions like this will help day-to-day, and what’s more, it is sure to aid you in getting a better night’s sleep.”

When not in lockdown, EMS training provides a stress-free, effective way to improve wellbeing by challenging the mind and body – whether you’ve kept up your exercise regime over the last few weeks or could have moved your body a little more. The unique style of personal training program originated in Europe and uses small impulses to activate up to 90 per cent of the body’s muscles – resulting in a high-intensity workout that equates to 90 minutes in the gym, in a third of the time.

3. Eat mindfully

The team at fu/nis EMS Training believe in a holistic approach when it comes to nutrition, which means no calorie counting or strict meal plans. Instead, they believe in real food, and making sure we nourish our bodies well. When in lockdown, it’s important to be conscious of what you feed your body with. Boredom can throw you a massive curveball.

Watch yourself – eat when you are hungry. It’s easy to fall into the trap of eating because what you baked is simply delicious and it’s hard to stop, or you want a distraction from work.

How to get around it? Keep an eye out on what you consume during the day, and if you feel like a snack or another muffin combat the urge by drinking a glass of water instead. Afterwards, check-in again to see if you’re still hungry. If you are, have a small handful of nuts, for example, or some veggies such as capsicum or cucumber. Lockdown is probably not the time to lose weight, but with less distraction and stress, it might be a great time to get into better habits that you can carry over when we’re out of it.

Use this lockdown time to eat less processed foods. With an abundance of citrus fruits around us, it’s easy to keep your Vitamin C levels up and your immune system healthy. A fresh squeezed lemon in your water in the morning is supposed to be a great way to start the day and detox your body.

Catrina says, “Why not get creative and order a veggie box online, research new recipes or finally re-create that amazing dish from your favourite foodie social account?”

When Auckland enters COVID-19 Level 2, fu/nis EMS Training will re-open its studio doors and offer the ready-made ultimate socially distanced workout, with only a limited number of people and trainers in the space at any one time.

The boutique private workout studios are centrally located on Auckland’s Shortland Street and newly opened Takapuna’s Hurstmere Road, helping busy Aucklanders look after their health & fitness – in just 20 minutes.

For further information and to claim fu/nis EMS Training’s Level 2 reopening offer, visit www.funis-emstraining.co.nz.