Over the last week I’ve spent some time talking with clients about their food and exercise routines. How they’ve got on over lockdown and what they’re struggling with.
It’s made me realise quite how collectively many of us really needed this huge pause in our lives. We’d been rushing, pushing and chasing and yet longing for it all to stop.
After it did stop we got used to spending more time at home, doing less and rushing less whilst still managing to function and indeed thrive in this new era.
It’s now that old issues are raising their heads.
Going back to the office has started to be mooted within businesses and all the anxieties around morning routines, school runs, dog walks and packed lunches are re-emerging.
Meeting up with friends, despite being long awaited, now brings the challenge of managing the time spent with them – whilst maintaining the feeling of calm from quiet weekends and evenings too.
And the hubbub of doing ‘stuff’ like going shopping (non-food of course, we’re all a dab hand at that now!), mingling in shopping centres, sports centres, rush hour traffic and moving around the country to see family is all starting to add back to a feeling of frazzled frenzy.
So this week I wanted to let you know that you’re not alone.
As much as we’ve wanted to get back to doing our normal things, we’re also apprehensive about it too.
And many people I’ve chatted with are concerned about getting it wrong by over-committing or over-working or falling straight back into the rush-push-chase trap.
I don’t have an answer. We’ve all got different needs to meet to make sure we feel comfortable with this, but what I can offer is to focus on what you want to keep from lockdown as you move into the new.
Lockdown forced me to be home in the evenings after 20 years of working in fitness where I would be out every night. I am not going back to that.
Lockdown has also shown that I can keep a hybrid operation of outdoor sessions and online sessions to serve the different needs of my clients. I would never have predicted running an on-line business 14 months ago.
Lockdown has shown me how to communicate beyond meeting for a coffee and a face to face meetings and utilise a range of platforms from social media, ‘phone, Zoom, emails, socially distanced walks, WhatsApp video, pre-recorded video and more. I like the diversity and time saving opportunities with many of these as much as I love the freedom and novelty of meeting in real life too.
So what are you going to take from lockdown into the new?
What is now so part of the fabric of your day that you want to keep it?
What are you anxious about going back to that keeping these in can mitigate against?
Remember that there is no right and wrong here. But there will be ways that serve you better as we move into the post-lockdown era.
This Bank Holiday weekend we are running our Sunday and Monday sessions both online and at Bearwood Recreation Ground, Winnersh at 9am.
The in-person sessions are by registration only (here) and numbers are limited, but they are pay-as-you-go if you’d like to join me.
If you’d like to drop into a call today, Friday 30 April about what Metabolic Balance is and how it can help you to feel better, or, as one client sent to me yesterday, “I feel like I could rule the world today” please log in on this Zoom link at 2pm where I’ll be going through it.
Join here: https://zoom.us/j/8690201743
FastTrack Fit Camp is an outdoor fitness business with the focus on improving people on the inside so they feel good on the outside. In 2019 FastTrack Fit Camp became a Social Enterprise and committed to distribute a minimum of 50% of profits back to community environmental projects each year with the goal of helping our local citizens feel good whilst being outside too.