For anyone that knows me personally, they know that I am a hard-core yoga junkie. I have practiced consistently 4-5 times a week, every week for the past number of years. I am often found trying to balance on either my hands or my head, and generally falling from both! I also love trying out the plethora of fitness classes around Dublin; spin, reformer pilates, boxercise, I’ll give anything a go once. The same goes for all of the consultants in the Lex Consultancy office. We try to go once a month to new fitness class a team and give it our best shot.
That’s why, when Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris announced the new ‘social distancing’ measures in light of the Covid-19 crisis, it was evident that the yoga classes, gym sessions and spin work outs that we took for granted, were soon to be put on hold for a few weeks. Fortunately, the powers of technology are here to help us fitness enthusiasts in our time of need! Quickly the Instagram community of Irish fitness coaches rallied together and almost instantaneously starting creating content to help our weary, stressed out minds and bodies relax after a long day of working remotely.
Why work out?
I don’t think I need to point out in this day and age the benefits of exercise for the working professional. We have all been told that “sitting is the new smoking” and as we all adapt to work from home, it’s likely that our kitchen chairs, couches and beds are doing no favours on our backs! That’s why it’s so important to take at least hour each day to do some sort of physical exercise. Get out, go for a walk, run, jog (maintaining social distancing measures of course!!) or adapt to doing home workouts.
Teachers & Classes: Suggestions
I’m going to share some of my personal favourite instructors and classes that you can access online (this will be yoga biased – sorry!). Some are free, some charge a small fee. If you are thinking of doing a fitness class at home and are making use of some of the content curated by the excellent Irish yoga/fitness community, please think of paying for the content you consume, if you are in the situation to do so. Like so many others, the majority of fitness coaches/teachers are currently out of work until things pick back up (which they will!) and so they would really appreciate any remuneration for the classes we take with them.
All of the classes I are easily accessible by watching Instagram live videos, YouTube videos and joining through the video call platform Zoom.
If you are looking for a full body, yoga flow class, accessible to all levels, some amazing teachers to check out are:
- Giulia Babolin, or giuliacroyoga on Instagram will put you through your paces with a strong but very enjoyable class that will really get you sweating. (https://www.instagram.com/giuliacroyoga/?hl=en )
- For a full body dynamic flow class, Kevin Boyle, creator of The Yoga Life podcast, provides great classes on YouTube and on his Instagram. (https://www.youtube.com/c/theyogalifepodcast).
- Brian Malone is another teacher that provides a strong but slow classes, great for beginners and regular practitioners alike (https://www.instagram.com/brianmalonebalance/?hl=en).
For those of us that need a slightly more chilled out, meditative practice to ease out of the stressful days and weeks that lie ahead; Bella Botini (https://www.instagram.com/yoga2inspire/?hl=en), Sarah Jordan (https://www.instagram.com/sarahjordan_yoga/?hl=en) and Jenny Keane (https://www.instagram.com/hellojennykeane/?hl=en) specialise in providing epic, slow and stretchy classes that will banish the worries on any of our weary heads.
For pilates and home HIIT and work-out classes, pilates queen Gigi Tynan is offering her personalised GT & Quarantine 1 on 1 and group classes for her followers on Zoom (https://www.instagram.com/gigi_tynan/?hl=en)a), and no.17 Personal Training is putting out excellent content on YouTube to get people moving (https://www.instagram.com/no17personaltraining/?hl=en).
Get moving to stay sane
Time will pass and we will get out of this situation. We all need to mind ourselves, look out for each other and take care of both our mental and physical health.
Amy is a Technical Recruitment Consultant with Lex Consultancy specialising in the areas of Accountancy & Finance. For a confidential chat about your job search, don’t hesitate to get in touch on LinkedIn, email [email protected] or on 01 6633030.