#ActiveAtHome with Laura Turner: Getting Started

#ActiveAtHome with Laura Turner: Getting Started

Active at Home with Laura Turner: Getting Started

Our next live workout week starts on 1st August! If you are not already active at home and are thinking about getting started, below are some useful tips and advice to help you prepare:

  1. Kit – Make sure that you have and are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear. It is important that you feel comfortable during the activity. Incorrect clothing or poorly fitted footwear can restrict your body’s movement and can cause minor injury and sores. BBS has a range of activewear and accessories available on our online store. Explore the range at: https://www.iprosports.co.uk/product-category/club-zone/british-blind-sport/
  2. Environment – Before starting any activity it is important that you check your environment. Make sure that the space you will be using is adequate for the type of activity and that it is clear of any obstacles such as furniture, household objects, or even pets and guide dogs! By doing so you will reduce the risk of injury and damage.
  3. Equipment – Just like your kit it is important to have and use appropriate equipment for your activity, or an alternative. For example, if you do not have an exercise mat you could use a towel. Mats are not only for comfort and grip, they help to protect your joints on hard surfaces and prevent friction from the carpet. It is also important to clean your kit after each use.
  4. Self-care – It is perfectly normal to feel motivated, however, it is important that you know your own body and know when to stop. Remember that everyone is different, we all have strengths and weaknesses. Before you start, or during any activity if you feel unwell, fatigued, or experience any unusual discomfort it is always best to stop. Pushing yourself too much can increase the risk of injury, or other health issues.
  5. Hydration – Staying hydrated during physical activity is important for your body. Remember to always prepare a bottle of water, or juice and take regular sips during your activity, as well as before and after. Using a hydration bottle with a straw function is perfect as they hold plenty of fluid, are easy to locate and won’t leave you in a puddle if knocked over!
  6. Eat well – Food is an essential part of daily and physical activity. In order for your body to function and for you to get the best results, it is important that you eat a balanced diet. Always make sure that you have eaten well in preparation for exercise, allowing time for your food to digest. By not eating well your body will lack energy, affecting your performance and increasing the risk of feeling unwell. For information and guidance about eating a healthy, balanced diet, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/

Time to get started! For more information about the programme or to get involved, visit: https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

If you have any questions, please email marcomms@britishblindsport.org.uk

About Laura

Laura is an instructor for British Blind Sport's Active at Home programme and is passionate about helping others with sight loss experience the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. She has experience across several sectors and has qualifications in fitness and nutrition. Laura has been registered blind since a young age and has been involved in a variety of sports since her teens.

Headshot of Laura.