UK Lockdown is now underway for the foreseeable future. It’s a unique challenge for all of us in difficult times, but there are certainly ways that you can keep yourself occupied – and possibly even benefit in the long term – from being cooped up.
The ‘big one’ for many people is the lack of opportunities to exercise, even though a jog, a walk or a bike ride once a day is allowed. Of course, gyms and leisure centres are now closed, leading to the increased need for creativity when it comes to staying fit.
Naturally, not everyone can afford a Peloton, and celebrity-driven exercise programs on Youtube are not for some people. At a time like this, when taking care of your body is especially paramount, there are plenty of diverse home exercise regimes, which can be tailored to suit your body type and your own unique goals.
Take, for instance, the measures that athletes have used in lieu of training sessions as a potential source of inspiration. If used safely, even household objects can double as exercise equipment. Failing that, a thick, sturdy wall can act a tool for building lower-body and core strength! Whatever you do though, make sure that you don’t over-exert or hurt yourself – and always consult a doctor before undertaking any new or unusual form of exercise.
It’s not exactly 12 rounds with Tyson Fury, but if exercise is not possible, even housework or a few minutes of de-cluttering your house or wardrobe burns calories. Amongst other things, sorting out your clothes haul might inspire you to look better, reinvent yourself and improve your social skills.
With a just bit of spring cleaning, you may become the person you have always wanted to be, making it all the more satisfying once we’re allowed to socialise in public once again.
Think of it like coming back onto the pitch after a long period on the sidelines…
Although we are all missing a lot of what we used to take for granted, simply keeping busy in seemingly mundane ways can still release the same endorphins we get from exercise. This too can keep morale up during the lockdown.
Try To Win Money Online
On top of looking and feeling good after the lockdown is over, you will want to celebrate your first days of true freedom in style. Of course, you will want to do it with something in your pocket, and playing online games where you can win some extra cash might be one way to keep you above the line – as long as luck is on your side.
There are a range of sites around that offer casino games for people with varying levels of experience, and minimum wagers are often relatively low.
With modern technology being what it is, it almost feels like playing on real baize in Las Vegas, except you don’t have to roll high to win big. There have been some unique cases of people winning eight-figure sums on a single 25p spin, and while those success stories are obviously rare to the extreme, you will always have a better chance if playing than not!
It goes without saying, of course, that you should play responsibly and set clear limits on deposits if signing up for the first time.
Start an XBOX / Playstation tournament
A very obvious one. Simply connect with friends via the mainstream gaming consoles, order a microphone and headset if necessary (and possible), and test your skills against one another. If you already did this before the lockdown, you can always be creative in how you approach these new games. For one thing, you could always place wagers with post-lockdown forfeits – like pledging to clean your friend’s car if you lose the game.
Alternatively, you could even start up a Patreon for an online tournament or contest, and donate the proceeds to medical charities and the people who need help most at this time. Even without a circle of friends that have the same games and consoles as you, there are online communities devoted to this type of activity.
Titles such as Fortnite, Battlefield and FIFA remain go-to multiplayer games for this unique time in our lives. If you can, try and live stream your own games to gain some notoriety in an ever-growing industry. You never know, you could become the next KSI if you have the right charisma – on top of a lot of spare time to build a presence and a reputation.
Even those who are already rich and famous are getting in on the act. The FIFA Ultimate Quaran-team has been a source of light relief, throwing up some very improbable scorelines. Even back on 24 March – the first full day of the UK lockdown alone, we saw some truly amazing scorelines. In one pulsating game, Melbourne Victory stunned Ipswich 4-3, while Mansfield Town got a once-in-a-lifetime result at Gent’s virtual ‘Ghelamco Arena’, thrashing the Belgian outfit 6-1!
Learn a New e-Sport
From virtual grand prix races to digital darts, the world of fake is now so much more real to us all. In that respect, there will inevitably be a boom in the number of different e-Sports competitions that are already around.
People these days can make a very successful living out of being the best at games optimised for team efforts, such as Counter Strike, League of Legends, Hearthstone and Dota 2.
The latter game in particular is certainly enjoying a lot of success in the e-Sports world, and in July 2019, Forbes magazine writer Mike Stubbs reported on the first-ever competitive Dota prize to breach $30m.
This hardly needs to be an entry, but in times of necessary separation, people can be united in an unfamiliar way through their love of a particular film or TV series. Amongst the most popular is the new series of hit Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, which is into its fifth series, yet is as full of twists as ever.
There are also some classic films coming out in April, all of which make for vital viewing if you have never seen them before. Amongst our recommended legendary titles are The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966), Taxi Driver (1976) and Django Unchained (2012). If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to bookmark this page and get them watched!