With the constant changing restrictions, it becomes more difficult to keep your focus. Probably we are not the only ones finding hard to keep a balanced lifestyle during lockdown. That’s why we asked our trainer Lara about how she’s dealing with the situation, and what helps her to stay fit and motivated!
Q: How do you make sure you don’t lose your gains and you keep eating healthy?
A: I always have a steady 80/20 approach regarding food. I don’t really pig out much to be honest. And I limit the amount of caloric rich food which don’t give my body the nutrients be can’t be used as building blocks. I make sure I have enough healthy snacks around, fruit, nuts, beef jerky, stuff like that. I always revolve my food around my proteins, enough vegetables and moderate carbs. During the week I make sure I always eat balanced so I have room in the weekend to eat more caloric food and beverages. In the weekends I order food, go out for dinner and in this way I can drink my cocktails without feeling guilty.
Q: What does your workout schedule looks like, now that we are in lockdown?
A: My work out schedule is the same as always; three days a week strength training, but only at home now. I am very active because of work, so that helps ofcourse. And at home I am always active too, there is not much sitting around when you have 4 children. I poledance and I have a pole at home, so I train pole at home instead of the studio. I also rollerskate, so if I need to get out of my house (read no mommy duty for a minute) I will go to a parking garage put some headphones on and I will practice my moves. For me movement is therapy, to get out of my head and be in the moment. For me what works best to be present and aware is to explore what your body is capable of.
Q: What are some tips you have, to keep eating healthy while spending more time at home locked in and you can wear your joggers all day?
A: I have been eating and training for so long like this that I don’t really change much physically. Sure winter season is always a bit more calorie rich, you have December which is usually packed with social events and the accompanying food and drinks. I just accept that the winter months are for extra fluff which is necessary to pack on muscle or to keep muscle gains. It is not good for the body to be in a calorie deficit all the time. So winter is carbs season for me. But even in these times I stick to my usual program. Humans are creatures of habit, so if you repeat things long enough it won’t be a thing after a while and will become your new default. The main thing to take away is to find something that works for you in your situation and find a balance. And remember every progress is progress. Even if it is the smallest thing. Many small things/changes add up to one big thing/change. It’s a marathon not a sprint.
Q: What are some tricks you could share to stop the munchies (the afternoon snacks or after dinner snacks)?
A: The trick is to be aware of your own habits. Do you always get the munchies around the same time? Do you get tired around 16.00? First try to recognise these moments so you can anticipate. Make sure you have something healthy with you or at hand to snack on when these moments present themselves. Crudité, like carrots, cucumber, or a piece of fruit and a few nuts, or some yoghurt. On the other hand, make sure that you do eat the things you like, only controlled, I eat 70% pure chocolate everyday, but only a little bit.
Q: In what ways does the lockdown has a positive effect on your health, something that would not be there without lockdown?
A: I don’t mind it too much to be honest. Sure some things are a pain in the ass, the feeling of loss of freedom of movement. But most things that are taken away are luxuries. Everybody has FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) but I think this is the era of JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out). The usual excuse is I can’t do this or that because I am so busy. Now everybody has much more time to do the things which have been shoved to the back. I understand that work is a big part of peoples identity, but for who do you work? To get yourself in a better position so you can help your loved ones (or yourself) and live an uncomplicated life. There is less white noise at the moment. Now is the time for a reset: it’s a good time to look back. Are you happy? Are you satisfied with the choices you made? What are the things you would like to have or do differently? Think about your goals and make a plan for yourself. And for me something above all, is to enjoy the time with my partner and children now that I see them more than ever.