From jail cell to living room isolation – ex inmate best placed to develop simple-at-home fitness routines

For some of us right now self-isolation may feel a little bit like being a prisoner in your own home. This is a feeling ConFit founder and UNSW student, Joseph Kwon, is all too familiar with.

At the age of 21, Joseph was sentenced to 13 years in prison for directing a criminal enterprise. After spending almost a decade in incarceration, Joseph was able to turn his life around by enrolling to studying at UNSW, and founding popular local fitness startup, ConFit. 

Joseph is sharing some simple at-home routines via his Instagram for those of us at home and with limited space. “I can resonate with the feeling of incarceration that some may be feeling right now. We have to unite and support each other as a community in a time separation.” 

While his fitness classes had been recently gaining popularity in the areas of Redfern, Clovelly and Maroubra, last week’sCOVID-19 ‘slow the curve’ prevention policies have made it impossible for classes to go ahead as usual. “Overnight I’ve just pivoted my business and moved all my clients online. The living room in my one bedroom apartment has now become my office.” Joseph has described this transition as a ‘new chapter’.

“My thoughts go out to all those who are being affected by this situation especially business owners and the elderly stay strong!”

Research shows that being sedentary is bad for your physical and mental health, so staying active during this difficult time is important. Not only does being active provide a range of physical and health benefits, like boosting your immune system, but it also helps lower stress hormones such as cortisol and releases feel-good hormones, such as endorphins.

If you’re feeling the need to get active, head to the ConFit website or jump onto their Instagram or Facebook for some routines you can do at home. 

Joe is now on his way to completing his Bachelor of Marketing/Management at UNSW and is currently participating in UNSW Founders Coach & Connect program.