This week, we seem to have gone backwards quite quickly. It has felt like a hard year for life in general, even harder since all sporting and social events were cancelled as well.
Local clubs had to make the difficult decision of cancelling senior football and netball, with junior season most likely to be cancelled as well.
But with everything bad, comes this tiny ray of good as well! Just because the season was cancelled does not mean we cannot start preparing for season 2021.
We have been presented with a grand opportunity to use this lockdown period as pre-season training, to address those little niggles, aches and discomforts and nip them in the bud.
No doubt, a lot of us struggled in the first half of the year with motivation to get up and going and focus on exercising, resulting in some serious body de-conditioning.
Good news for us country folks is, gyms and community centres are back open again, and hopefully we keep playing our cards right to make sure they stay open.
This is the time to get up and get moving, to focus on improving mobility, flexibility, strength and overall fitness, so that you can come back better and stronger for season 2021.
Don't put your health and fitness on the back burner just because social media keeps telling us 'this year is cancelled'.
If you find it difficult to motivate yourself, find a small group of people within the safety guidelines and train together in a big space like the oval.
Join a gym and seek the help of a personal trainer to guide you with the correct form of exercises to do. If you are struggling with recurrent injuries, make an appointment to see your allied health professional to get specific advice and management techniques.
This is also the best time to even experiment with a form of exercise you've been thinking of trialing but unsure if your body would be able to cope with it or not.
Don't put your health and fitness on the back burner just because social media keeps telling us "this year is cancelled".
It most definitely is not cancelled, just changed, and sometimes change can bring about positive changes.
Here's to the 2021 season ... and beyond.
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