Lockdown – how to keep well!

When it isn’t possible to play team sport, it is even more important to stay active and healthy, both for your mind and body. Staying active while at home is not as hard as you think…

Focus on core strength

Going out for runs in these longer and darker evenings may seem intimidating. With that in mind it may be time to think about being fit in a different way. Hockey does not require the ability to run for 30 minutes at a constant pace, hockey is more about short, sharp actions and movements which are done explosively and repeated over 70 mins. Any strength and conditioning, improvements to core strength, flexibility and stretching will help you stay active at home.

A simple Google/YouTube search will be able to give you lots of ideas to support this in your own home.Here are some other ideas:

  1. A useful guide to sprints and recovery (thank you to Brunswick School)
  2. Heidi Wells heidiwells@live.co.uk will be running her classes online via zoom. 
    1. Mondays @ 6:45 PM – Sports Performance – Aimed at injury prevention , 45 min class. A variety of key muscle activation work that can be done using weights/ body weight combined with core training and an athletic stretch. The session will focus on key muscle groups and correct technique.
    2. Thursday evening @ 6:00PM & 7:15PM – sports conditioning Pilates (One hour sessions) including body weight leg work, Stretching , core, abdominal and gluteal work based on Pilates principles.
      (Potential for Saturdays if there is demand. Please get in touch with heidiwells@live.co.uk if you wish to book or for more information.)
  3. On Saturday mornings @ 10:30am Hockey for Heroes are doing some live PT sessions.

Hockey Skills

It is important that hockey skills are not forgotten. Where possible and safe, go out and continue to practise hockey. Just because there is no access to an astro does not mean practise can’t continue. 

For practice indoors we have our own skills sessions which were created indoors.

There are also plenty of other ideas on Instagram or YouTube, 

Keep in touch – it’s good for you!

Share with your team mates any sessions that you might be doing. Fitness is much more bearable as a group and staying in touch is particularly important for mental health at the moment.

With this is in mind there is hockey club Strava group (or search Haslemere Hockey Club on Strava). There continues to be competition – albeit the non hockey kind!

Many people use hockey as a social outlet, so it’s important as teammates and friends to stay in regular contact – it is good for you!

Limit the news and be careful what you read, have breaks from social media and mute things which are triggering. Staying in touch with those you care about will help to maintain good mental health during long periods of self-isolation.

Here are two documents that may be useful.

  1. Wellness action plan
  2. Winter Lockdown – How to cope

Back to hockey

Both the adult and junior sections of the Club are working to try and bring everyone back to hockey as soon as possible in December.

Keep safe and well, if you need any help, advice or assistance please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.

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