AS well as focusing on his own career, Eric Donovan is looking to alleviate the boredom and stress for those people stuck at home in these strangest of times.
At 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week, in conjunction with Kildare Sports Partnership, the Irish boxing champion will be hosting a live workout on his Facebook page and having started last week he’s delighted with the reaction so far.
“It’s going great. I got a mention there from somebody in Germany doing the class, there’s people from England, Germany, Spain and across the country here too, America as well. It’s great to see people getting involved.
“People feel connected. Some people have done the workout afterwards because they couldn’t do it at the time but the ones who have done it live said they really feel part of it and really felt like they were part of the class with us. My son Troy did one of the workouts last week as well because I wanted to show that it was something that all the family could do. I think it’s a very good thing considering the situation we are all in,” he said.
Of course the workouts are beneficial for people’s physical health but it is on the mental side of things that Donovan is looking at.
“I’m an ambassador of mental health and well-being and my place has always been the gym, it grounds me and I can find solace there. We need that at this time more than ever when people are stressed out and full of anxiety and uncertainty. It’s a great way to de-stress and a way to feel good about ourselves and continue to invest in our mental, physical and spiritual health. There is not much we can do about the crisis but what we can do is get ourselves into a good condition. I say it’s almost a self investment but it’s almost like a cleansing sort of thing where you can deal better with everything that is going on. Once you get those endorphins going and get a bit of a sweat up, I always find there is something almost noble about it. When you start to push yourself physically you start to feel really well mentally.
“We have to get active. We are not used to being cooped up in the house, we are not used to stopping, most of us have a purpose and have very busy lives. For that to suddenly stopped can be detrimental to our health. Because it’s all we are hearing, whether through social media or on the news, so I think it’s important to just keep that in check. Hopefully this will pass and we will get back to our normal lives but when we do get back there we have to make sure we are in good shape because we don’t know how long this is going to last,” said Donovan.
There are testing times for everybody but keeping a bit of structure is vital in keeping hold of some normality.
“I’m very lucky that my fiancée Laura is a great planner and a great organiser, we have a plan for our day, whether it is working out, getting the kids doing some schoolwork, getting outside for a little walk, we try to keep up that structure,” he said. If you have missed out on the previous workouts, or can’t make the live version at 4pm, you can find them on Eric’s Facebook page.