21st May 2020

Jonathon Riall and Non Stanford’s Top Tips on Isolation Motivation

Originally Posted on

21st May 2020

Maintaining physical and mental health during lockdown can be difficult, but it’s vital for us all to practice self care.

Here are some top tips from head coach of the paratriathlon programme, Jonathon Riall, and Olympic triathlete, Non Stanford. 

Jonathon Riall:

Be Kind to Yourself

This is an uncertain period of time and it’s impacting on us all very differently. Triathlon is meant to be the thing we do because we love it and helps our mental health.

If, during this period of time, it’s adding to your pressures, don’t worry and don’t panic, listen to your body and do what’s right for you, even if that means taking a rest.

Establish Achievable Goals

If there’s still the motivation and drive to get out and train, then now is the time to get creative and set some achievable goals that help to give direction during this period.

This could be to take care of your mobility if this is something you don’t usual have time for or to tackle mastering that run technique drill you’ve always put off. It could be (and some care needs to be given to this) stretching your long run to new heights whilst the ability to recover is that much easier.

Maintain and Create Connections

The thing that many of us are missing is connection, but this is where physical activity and triathlon can play such an important role. Rather than triathlon being another thing that takes you away from family, why not find time in the week to incorporate children and partners and have some fun.

If people haven’t already jumped on the virtual bandwagon, stay connected with training partners and club friends by riding together on Zwift, or just set up a video call when on the turbo to chat like you would do on the road.

If you are a member of a club, connect big groups by suggesting sessions and challenges that a big group of people can do over a period of days and just watch the conversation flow as people share stories and experiences.

Non Stanford:

Get Organised

Write a weekly training plan and schedule what time each day you’ll complete your session. This will provide a routine for you to stick to and hold you more accountable which means you’re more likely to get it done!

Don’t Waste your Winter Miles

Think of all the hard work that you’ve done over the winter. Don’t put it to waste! Keep yourself ticking over as best you can whilst at home.

It might not be the same and you’ll probably lose a little bit of fitness, but you’ll be surprised how much you can maintain by regularly keeping active.

Think Outside of the Box

Get creative with your workouts. I was struggling for motivation with my home gym session, so I followed some different programmes that I found online and found the variety really fun. Be prepared to adapt to what’s available to you and use what’s in your house.

Got stairs? Then do some stair sprints. Need some weights for squats? Load up a backpack with bottles of water or food cans.

 We hope this helps you stay motivated and keep healthy throughout this lockdown period.

If you or someone you know needs advice or support, please contact your GP or Mind on 0300 123 3393 or info@mind.org.uk

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