|When we arrived in Vancouver we had to quarantine for 14 days were not allowed to leave our Air BnB. Here is a breakdown of the routine I developed during our time in isolation.|
6.00am Wake up
I have been a relatively early riser for a few years now since working in the fitness industry. The heated floors in our flat make it much easier to stay up after getting out of bed.
6.30am Morning Rituals:
We have been doing these since the start of lockdown and they really help give me structure to my morning. I like to tick each one off in order and move onto the next ritual to start the day right.
– Pawanmuktasana (10 min stretch sequence)
– Bioenergetics (5 mins of body shaking)
– Cold shower (2 mins, the water is really cold here)
– Breath-work & meditation (20 mins)
– Journalling (5 mins)
7.30am 30 minute Yoga Flow
We generally follow either Breathe & Flow or Cat Meffan on YouTube but sometimes we change it up. This morning we did Kundalini yoga with Brett Larkin for the first time which was weird but interesting.
|Shelley practising lotus pose|
|8.00am Coffee and Breakfast|
After nearly 2 hours of activities it’s time to chill out a bit and I check my phone for the first time of the day. It’s good to catch up with all the banter from my WhatsApp groups to make me feel like I am still in touch with my mates back home.
Breakfast is always oats, coconut milk, peanut butter, seeds, blueberries, banana and honey for me (Shell is sweet enough already apparently).
9.00am Fire Up the Laptop
Time to start work. This mostly includes emailing, planning and programming. I have set myself a number of goals to complete by the end of quarantine to do with my online training business. They include:
– Plan and film all workouts for the 6 week challenge I will be running in January (more info to come on that soon).
– Create a PDF for the challenge so people can have all the information in a handy document.
– Set up a landing page for The Nomad Trainer.
– Write an itinerary for when I will be working on Osea Island for summer 2021.
– Plan future social media content.
– Write and send my weekly blog email (like this one).
I find it really helps me to tell people my goals so this is why I have gone into so much detail as it makes me feel more accountable to achieve them.
|Hard at work|
We are not allowed to leave the vicinity of our Air BnB by law so we have been walking up and down the alleyway next to the entrance. It is about 20m and is not very exciting but I just put my headphones in and listen to my current audiobook Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, the autobiography of the creator of Nike.
It took a while for us to get our first supermarket delivery of food after three consecutive nights of takeaway deliveries. Now we finally think we have exactly what we need. Yesterday, Shell made a delicious traybake of butternut squash, kidney beans and falafel with hummus and spinach.
1.00pm Study Time
Back to the laptop where I have been studying a Corrective Exercise Specialist course I purchased towards the end of the first lockdown which I never got round to doing. It is a substantial amount of reading and note taking which I think will take me longer than quarantine to complete.
I also have to finish a FOODSAFE certification so that I will be eligible to work in the kitchen at our new jobs starting in December but for some reason I am not allowed to start the course until Wednesday.
2.30pm Walkies Again!
I like to break up my studies with a second walk and another chapter of Shoe Dog. The chapters are roughly 30 mins each so 1 hour of walking adds up to around 6000 steps for me which is pretty good considering we are stuck in a confined space. Shell prefers to walk in circles in doors, we feel like crazy people.
|Scenic walking route of Vancouver #0|
|3pm More Studying|
You might think I am a nutter for pushing myself to do all this self-development but I feel like I have good momentum at this point. As I said the CES course is quite long and I want to get as much of it done as possible while I have the time. I also use DuoLingo for learning languages on my phone if Shell is using the laptop, she is also studying, setting up a landing page and writing blogs.
4.30pm Strength Workout
I am following the same strength program I made for my online clients:
Monday – Push
Tuesday – HIIT
Wednesday – Pull
Thursday – HIIT
Friday – Unilateral
Saturday – HIIT
Sunday – Rest
The only equipment I have is a resistance band and household items like chairs. For more information about my online home workout programs please shoot me a message and I would be happy to organise a free online consultation with you.
After a busy day we treat ourselves to a hearty meal cooked in our fully functioning kitchen.
6.30pm TV time
We have been so disciplined with television, not turning it on at all (except when football is on) until after dinner makes it feel a lot easier to relax and chill out in the evening. We have been watching (and loving) Cobra Kai on Netflix and have binged through season 1 already. It is a late sequel to the Karate Kid (1984) with the same actors nearly 40 years later. It is easy watching and quite funny. We already finished the docu-series We Are The Champions which is hilarious and next up will be Queens Gambit.
|Home for another 7 days.|
You must think we are right nerds by now but getting an hour of screen-free time before bed is great for sleep. It also helps that everyone in England is fast asleep by this point so there are no social media distractions. I am reading The Body by Bill Bryson and I am hoping to finish it by the end of quarantine if I continue at the rate of 1 chapter per night.
9.30pm Evening Meditation
Shell usually falls asleep around this time and I feel like I still have enough energy to go and sit alone in the kitchen and reflect on the day and give some positive affirmations to myself. Then I go to bed feeling very accomplished and sleep until I wake up and do it all again the next day!