I’m not going to lie, I definitely miss that post-workout buzz shared with friends. I’m one of those annoying people that will turn a coffee date into a barre class. Growing up, I was about as coordinated as a baby giraffe and subsequently served my top athletic skills on the D-team of every sport possible.
As I grew up, I learnt the crucial fact that you do not need to be “good” at something to enjoy it. I still can’t do eagle after 5 years of yoga and only recently am I pushing the 5km mark in my weekly (monthly) runs. Not to mention the fact that I turn a bright shade of tomato after any form of physical exertion. But the thing that keeps me going is the obvious effect it has on my overall wellbeing. I am a better person after a walk, run, downward dog and spontaneous burpee. And by a better person, I don’t only mean to others, but also to myself.
Some of the ways I’ve been moving within the four walls of my apartment have been questionable, yet effective. My living room has never seen such flailing limbs and thank goodness I don’t know my neighbours. I think they have seen me in my sports bra more than my boyfriend has seen me in an actual bra. When I’m not helicoptering my apartment to get my steps in on my Fitbit, I’m doing online workouts via various platforms. In this regard, we are spoilt for choice.
BODE by Elena Pappas:
Started by fellow model and obvious fitness Goddess, Elena Pappas, BODE offers short 30-minute bursts of effective workouts. They are set according to the intensity and are my go-to for a Monday-morning pick-me-up or late-afternoon slump filler. Her workouts are punchy, effective and will have you busting out star jumps better than your 10-year-old self could ever do. The best part? Elena has some killer jams that will have you singing your way through your glute-bridges.
Looking for something a little more expansive? Equilibrium Lifestyle (EQM Lifestyle) is for you. With a wide range of classes, you can fit EQM Lifestyle into your routine with the click of a button. Only have 15 minutes before your Zoom meeting? Pop on a quick mindfulness meditation. Have just under an hour before dinner? Why not do a 45-minute ballet fit. EQM has been my go-to for when I am feeling uninspired and need the workout to pick me. Added benefits: their videos are set-up in beautiful locations around South Africa and they have a tab for nourishing recipes to fill your bellies post-movement. Sign up here for a free two-week trial using my promo code and get 25% off your first month! CODE: EQM#morgs&friends
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I am a firm lover of The Movement Lab. A haven of everything barre and pilates, TML hits every muscle in every workout. With cheeky playlists, a backdrop to die for and cute instructors – their classes will leave you feeling like the badass you are. Their live-streaming setup is also top-notch and will make you feel as if you are right in the studio with them. The best part? Every 2nd Saturday of the month, TML offers a free (yes, FREE) online live barre class.
It’s also worth investing in some “at-home” workout gear. This is what I am using at the moment that is both affordable and effective. However, wine bottles can double up as dumbbells if you don’t drink it all first.
So, there you have it. You’re one click away from adding #FitnessFridays to your Instagram posts. And remember, exercise should be enjoyable. You don’t have to be the fastest, fittest or strongest to have a strong practice. Movement should be judgement-free and that’s where the real benefits lie.