Keep positive by exercising your body and mind during the COVID-19 shutdown advises dancer, choreographer and TV star Sharna Burgess. The judge on Channel 10’s Dancing With The Stars has toured the world with Burn The Floor and hosts her own online dance-based fitness program.
Burgess said incorporating a variety of activities such as dance and yoga into a home workout had helped keep her motivated and reduced the risk of boredom.
And she said having a great playlist to work up a sweat to was a sure-fire way to lift your mood.
“There has been such an amazing response online of people sharing workouts and even doing live sessions for anyone to join,” Burgess said.
“Have a look at online classes that your gym may be offering or discover new fun ones to keep you motivated.
“I have my own dance cardio series at www.shop.sharnaburgess.com.”
Burgess said she had adapted her workout in line with the COVID-19 shutdown guidelines and urged people to look at alternatives to their normal routines.
But she said it was important to keep fit, keep moving and keep some consistency in your life despite the coronavirus disruption.
“I personally have been working out at home in the morning when I’d normally go to the gym to keep my routine consistent,” she said.
“I’ve been doing and creating some new dance workouts and also finding fun ones on YouTube to do.
“I am a big lover of yoga for stretching. It’s a beautiful way to start your morning and get the body moving. You can also add in some ballet barre exercises to really work out the body. Many can be found on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.”
Burgess said while group workouts were off-limits, social media allowed people to workout together in a virtual sense providing much needed community interaction.
“Since social distancing may be the new norm for a while, why not start up an online group with friends or even find a new community that gets together via google chat or any other app that allows multiple user video chats and all work out together,” she said.
The effervescent dancefloor dynamo said maintaining positive outlook was imperative during these uncertain times.
“It’s important to keep focused and know that this is a moment in time,” she said.
“Use this time to appreciate and enjoy being able to read, start an online course, finally write that book or even simply video chat with friends and family as often as you can. We can make this time work for us if we change our perspective on it.”
LFK dance and gym instructor Tori Kovach said that dance was a fun way to keep fit and stay positive while in isolation.
“It’s been so rewarding seeing how happy my usual students are continuing their dancing via Google Meet,” Ms Kovach said.
“Pre-recording videos has also kept up my flexibility and fitness.”
With face-to-face classes at the LFK studio off-limits Ms Kovach has encouraged people to follow dance classes online or connect with family and friends via Zoom and have a dance party. “Like in the physical classes, we’re offering online classes for people in kinder through to mums,” Ms Kovach said.
“We’re using online class delivery platform Verso to offer dance sessions. After each prerecorded session, participants are also welcome to join a weekly Google Meet to dance together and chat.”
Ms Kovach said the 20-minute sessions are an enjoyable and rigorous alternative to other online at home workouts. “It’s a really good form of fitness,” Ms Kovach said. “You can also go at your own pace with the prerecorded sessions. You also don’t need to have participated in previous dance classes to join.”