The past two—going on three—years in Hong Kong has been difficult for many of us. With borders closed for the foreseeable future and a potential full lockdown underway, residents are left wondering, what’s next? As home workouts became a norm globally during COVID-19, we catch up with Hong Kong-based Utah Lee, a Nike Master Trainer, fitfluencer, model, dance choreographer, and mother, on how she stays fit during lockdown. From setting up your home fitness space to training with friends via video call, here are her top tips to get your sweat on.
What are your top tips for setting up a home fitness space? My top tips for setting up a home fitness space would be to basically just have an open space that is big enough for you to spread your arms side by side; away from things that are distracting, like kids, the kitchen and your work.
What are your go-to home fitness workouts? I love high-intensity workouts. I love doing resistance training. I also love to stretch.
Do you have any tips for Hong Kongers to keep fit while in lockdown?My tips would be to imagine yourself training and doing workouts by rehearsing the drills in your mind to train efficiently. You can explore different options of training; HIIT, dance, kickboxing, Yoga, rope skipping… etc. Get your friends to train with you online (use WhatsApp, video call, FaceTime…). You could even take turns to lead/suggest workouts. Don’t forget to share your workout on social media to push yourself to train, inspire your friends and really encourage each other.
What are your most recommended workout tools? I’d recommend that you prepare good training gear (proper workout outfit + training shoes), have resistant bands and of course a yoga mat.
How can we stay motivated to workout at home? It can be difficult but be sure to make time for it. Here are some ideas:
- Make training part of your daily/weekly routine
- Get new training gear and tools
- Attend online fitness classes with friends to encourage each other
- Share your fitness diary on social media and make it a habit to keep yourself going