During this time that we’re all working from home it’s likely that our go to form of exercise is no longer an option for us, whether that’s swimming, visiting the gym, yoga, or our regular weekly fitness class. However, that doesn’t mean we have no options!
Alongside getting out for a walk, run or cycle (following the governments’ guidelines on social distancing of course) there are some great ways to get active in the house. There are a lot of fitness companies and apps that are lending a helping hand during this strange time and offering extended free periods of use of their resources, there are also a host of online personal trainers who are putting out loads of great home workout videos for all the family. Some apps currently offering up their resources are:
• Down Dog Yoga app (encompassing all of their other apps, including HIIT and 7 Minute Workouts) are completely free to use until 1st May
• The very popular HotPod Yoga are now offering live online classes and you can choose how much you pay, from free up to £8 a class.
• Couch 2 5k is a free app designed to help get you started with running.
• Nike Training Club app - offering around 190 free workouts in all areas of fitness.
• Davina McCall is offering 30 days free for her online workout plan
Moreover, you may have heard of Joe Wicks (The Body Coach), known for his recipe books and online workouts via his Youtube channel, ‘The Body Coach TV’, he is offering a free, live P.E lesson every morning at 9am. This one is particularly great for those with children at home who want to add a bit of routine to their day. Get up and ready to move at 9am for 20 minutes of fun, child friendly exercises. For the grownups, as long as you put in the effort it’s a great workout for you too!
In times like these staying physically and mentally healthy are so important as well as trying to keep in touch with friends and family as much as possible. A great example of this, that you may want to give a go yourself comes from the college’s Marketing Assistant. Every morning, 9am she video calls her sister and two young nieces, and they do the Joe Wicks P.E lesson together in their respective living rooms.
It’s not only a great way to get up and active in the morning but also a way to feel a bit more connected to others and spur each other on through the workout. Joe also has some workouts specifically for senior citizens on his Youtube channel, great for those who are less mobile and may need some gentler exercise, so get recommending to your grandparents.
Whether you decide to take advantage of some of these great options or decide to dig your old exercise bike out from the shed (or maybe it’s time to stop using it as a clothes hanger!) we’d love you to send in some pictures of you and your family getting active!