Beam Magazine, Health and Fitness, Wellcorp, at home workouts, covid

Our CEO and Founder Meghan Jarvis featured in Issue Two of Beam Magazine. In the article, Meghan gettings real about the challenges we have been facing in the fitness industry during COVID and how we can come together to make 2021 our year for health.

Yes, it’s been harder to train alone and while at home! I found it difficult to get started, stay committed, and find motivation or people to train with.

Even as a fitness coach, I’ve gone through resetting dilemmas and being motivated to hit my health and fitness goals for The year. Especially when I’ve had to start trading myself and Clients from home. As we look outside the box and incorporate every day life and fitness as a whole. I would love to share our top five at home work out tips! And a plan of attack for 2021 that myself and the team of expert coaches have found can get anyone motivated during this Covid roller-coaster ride.

Our TOP TIPS to WORKOUT from HOME

1. ACCOUNTABILITY

Without someone or a group to keep you accountable, training in 2021 can be difficult to stay consistent. I know personally, I hate to not show up if you know people are waiting for you. Therefore, this week, it’s time to ask your partner, contact a friend or family member and see if they will start training with you so you can check in on each other. We run zoom or FaceTime workouts that either shows the people training or have regular chickens at the end of the two rounds, throughout the session where you can see everyone going hard and assists you and going hard in the workout as well.

2. HOME WORKOUT EQUIPMENT

Having equipment at home is key to keeping your workouts fun and consistent no matter what’s going on around you.

Below I have included a list of my favourite at home exercise equipment to keep things more interesting.

  • Ropes used for battle ropes or stretching,
  • Bungee cords – for resistance bands,
  • A wood ply box or large step – for box jumps,
  • Make a sandbag or slam ball,
  • A ladder on the ground using tape.

Multipurpose equipment that I love using:

  • Total Gym Home user model or Total Gym Encompass for the ultimate home workout.’
  • Total Gym Row Trainer
  • Total Gym Core Trainer

Purchasing new workout clothes can also be motivating for the New Year I like to encourage my clients to get a new pair of running shoes that they look forward to putting on in the morning!

Meghan Jarvis, Australian Ninja Warrior, Corporate Health and Wellness, WellCorp

3. TRAIN IN THE MORNING

I highly recommend training in the mornings to avoid getting unmotivated or busy later in the day and find an excuse not to train. Exercise doesn’t just make you feel good about your body, but your mindset as well plus will set up your day with a healthy morning routine which is key.

Training in the morning ensures that you get the workout done that day and starts your day off right, both physically and mentally. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins in your brain that make you feel happy. Not only is your brain dumping out feel-good chemicals, but exercise also helps your brain get rid of chemicals that make you feel stressed and anxious.

When I find my clients having difficulty getting out of bed in the morning I remind them of their way, and why they got started in the first place. I’ll have them grab their belly fat of their goal is weight loss for example and then have them use the Mel Robbins five-second rule and countdown from five in the head and once I get to zero to spring up out of bed as hard as it seems on some days using these tools will assist you in taking action.

4. TRACK WEEKLY RESULTS

We all require results to keep our motivation going, I know if I’m not tracking my fitness goals I become quickly unmotivated.

I always remind myself that I will be seeing everyone after lockdown and when we can get out and larger group settings, and just like if I was getting married, I want to be looking and feeling my best when I’m able to see everyone. By keeping track of your results weekly, you’ll be able to see how actually putting in the work is assisting you in reaching your goals.

We love the three ways to keep track that are simple and easy each week you take pictures, weigh yourself and do girth measurements. If you’re tech-savvy, implement a goal of 10,000 steps a day or start keeping track of your daily calorie intake and hold yourself accountable throughout the week.

5.  MEAL PREP

Meal prepping and cooking healthy has never been so pertinent that eating out becomes more difficult. This allows us to work on our weight loss goals which are 80% of the journey is our diet and only 20% is exercise. Having the ability to make more meals at home and look deeper at the number of calories you’re having a day allows you to have an awareness of what you’re putting in your body. There are thousands of recipes that are accessible and healthy, the trick I found is cooking at myself, I can keep track of the quantity and quality of food I’m putting in my body much easier, which has allowed myself and our clients to see results quickly and therefore stay motivated.

I know that getting started can be difficult, but implementing these five easy steps will ensure you hit your health and fitness goals this year, regardless of the changing climate around us. We are all one and in this together!

About Meghan Jarvis

A former World Class BMX bicycle racer, Meghan came to Australia to play professional basketball and ended up staying as a lead lecturer at the Australian Institute of Fitness. She most recently appeared as a ‘Ninja’ on Channel Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior. Meghan’s passion for fitness and entrepreneurialism led her to found WellCorp Health and Wellness and Buzvil a global health and fitness app. She believes strongly in the importance of re-defining and bridging the gap between physical health and mental health. She is also the Total Gym Business Development Office, Precor and Altitude Training National Master Coach, making her an authority on fitness equipment, technology, peak performance and an international speaker. Her experiences as an athlete, educational portfolio (Sports Scientist, Kinesiologist and Masters of Coaching), entrepreneurial ventures, and enthusiastic character have shaped her as a formidable leader in fitness and an international speaker.