By Amy Hunt
The UK lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic means that all of us are spending a lot more time inside.
That means that, among many other things, the nation has had to adapt to a very different exercise routine - given that gyms, leisure centres, and fitness classes are strictly out of bounds.
And though their normal lives may be a world away from our own, the strict social distancing measures in place at the moment of course also apply to the royal family.
No longer are they able to turn to their normal methods of keeping fit - such as Princess Eugenie sessions at her favourite members-only gym, or the Buckingham Palace swimming pool where the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly takes her three children.
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton's exercise routine in lockdown
For Catherine, keeping fit has always been important, so you can be sure that she'll be staying on top of her routine even during quarantine. So we imagine she'll still be finding ways to be active, including...
Playing around outside with the kids
Catherine has often admitted that one of her favourite things to do is spend time outside with her family, and we're sure it's no different during these unusual times.
The Cambridge family are in lockdown at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall, which has an enormous, sprawling garden which we're sure the Duchess will be taking full advantage of at the moment.
She's revealed that her love of the outdoors stems from her own childhood, and that it's something she does as much for her mental health as she does for her physical health. In an interview on Giovanna Fletcher's podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby, she confessed, "As children, we spent a lot of time outside, and it’s something I’m really passionate about. I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying foundations.
"It’s such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of 'I've got to cook' and 'I've got to do this.'"
Walks in nature
On the same podcast, the Duchess of Cambridge was asked to complete the sentence, starting, "I'm happy when...", to which she replied, "I’m with my family outside in the countryside and we’re all filthy dirty."
So it's likely that Catherine will be making use of the allocated hour of outdoor exercise a day to explore the countryside on her doorstep in Norfolk.
Walking is a fantastic way to keep fit and healthy, with studies suggesting that it could help to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, improve bone health and mobility, and help to increase your cardiovascular fitness.
If you're planning on taking up more walking (now that exercise is unlimited!), why not invest in some proper walking shoes? We love this waterproof gore-tex pair from Merrell Siren at John Lewis & Partners. They're designed for maximum support, alignment and stability too, which is so important when pounding the pavements.
Running as much as possible
Mike Tindall, who is married to Prince William's cousin Zara Tindall, has admitted that Catherine is without doubt the runner in the family.
When he was asked to create his dream rugby team, he confessed, "I've got the Duchess of Cambridge on one wing, because she loves running, she can run all day. Engine!"
The Duchess never turns down an opportunity to display her running skills at royal engagements either, happily taking part if asked to. They are certainly some brilliant photos of her and Prince William competing out there!
So, there's every chance that Catherine is taking the time during lockdown to run through her local streets, or through the Anmer grounds, as a way of staying healthy.
If you fancy taking up running in isolation just like Catherine, you'll need the gear to get started. And what better way to pound the pavement than in these lovely, bestselling Sweaty Betty running leggings?
They're ultra-lightweight so won't weigh you down, and even have an incredibly handy back zip pocket, ideal for your phone.
It's reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has tennis courts installed at their home when they moved in back in 2013. And if true, it'll certainly be a great way to for the Duchess to keep up an exercise routine with her husband during this period of lockdown!
Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist, currently working as Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on other women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com.
She is obsessive about everything homes and interiors—whether she's sniffing out the very best deal on a KitchenAid stand mixer or keeping up the latest Dyson release. And when she isn't editing or writing articles on interior trends or the latest home gadgets, she's passionate about books—you'll usually find her with her nose in a gripping thriller at the end of the working day.
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