Important tips:

  1. As these times may feel a bit isolating, it’s important to keep in touch with your team-mates, gym friends and people who can keep your motivations high and provide a level of social support.
  2. Organise your time so that you can create a new routine. Creating a daily/weekly/monthly calendar might help you to stick to your exercising goals.
  3. Staying inside can induce boredom. Boredom can feel melancholic and pave way for unwanted behaviours such as increased food intake. However, boredom, when used well, can pave way for a lot of creativity[1]. For example: more time to learn how to prepare, and experiment with, food to be on top of your nutrition game (tips: follow some nutrition pages, take a nutrition course, get in touch with nutritionists providing online support, get an online membership with a well-established nutrition company etc.).
  4. Keep in mind the WHY[2] of doing exercise/sport. Knowing the reason why you engage in physical activity is the best tool to keep your identified/integrative extrinsic and intrinsic motivation levels[3] high and provide a sustainable approach towards physical activity engagement.
  5. Times like these can prove to be tough. However, it’s these times that through, acceptance, patience and resilience, provide the best path for self-learning and self-growth.

We, as Maltese, should all feel privileged that we live in a country where the authorities are genuinely keeping each individuals’ quality of life and health as top priorities to make such a transition the smoothest possible. As a result, indirectly allowing us to see the positive that is coming out of it:

  • Worth of genuine human interaction,
  • More time to focus on things we ‘parked’
  • Getting in touch with our own inner selves
  • Slowing down from the automatic hectic pace of life
  • A golden chance to work on our weaknesses
  • Trying new things
  • Global humanity connection (for once the enemy is a non-human entity)
  • Better environmental outcomes  

With this in mind, we should ensure that a continuation of self-care processes, such as physical activity engagement, takes place to prolong one’s life as much as possible, as the future looks more promising than our past J . 

[1] Spencer, J. (2018). The Gift of Boredom. Educational Leadership, 76(4), 12-17.

[2] Frankl, V. E. (2004). Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust. Random House.

[3] Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being. American psychologist, 55(1), 68.

Bernice Sant is a Performance Psychologist and a keen fitness and sport enthusiast who’s in her final stage of a Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Her research and interest focuses on areas relating to anxiety, resilience, physical activity motivation and behaviour, self-reflection, existentialism, mindfulness, nutrition, behaviour change and sport injury rehabilitation.