Getting and staying active is good for your physical and mental health and a key part of staying safe and well while in lockdown.
We can no longer go to the gym or the swimming pool, team sports and running events are cancelled and gyms are shut.
Even if retailers weren’t running out of exercise bikes, rowing machines, treadmills and weights sets in these uncertain times many of us can’t afford them.
So here are some resources we think will help us all make the most of the time we can spend outdoors, replace those trips to the gym and some ideas that will help us stay fit without specialist equipment in our homes:
We know this one is obvious – but Joe is steaming a live workout for all the family daily (with all YouTube proceeds going to the NHS) and he also has a huge library of other workouts for all abilities.
The best thing is that you don’t need a lot of space or specialist equipment – so you can work up a sweat every single day – helping body and mind.
Search Joe Wick on YouTube or visit https://www.thebodycoach.com/
Couch to 5k
This is a good way of using your daily outdoors time and take up running, so that when lockdown finishes you can continue your running journey.
Couch to 5k is a running plan for absolute beginners. It is a 9 week course that gets you up and running and opens the door to a life of fitness and good health.
The initiative provides exercise plans, motivational podcasts and an app to help you hit your targets and the process can be fitted within social distancing and exercise guidelines for the lock down period.
Yoga with Adriene
Adriene’s mission is to deliver the health and mental wellbeing advantages of yoga to everyone by bringing it into your home.
The videos are free and are clearly categorised – from Yoga for Beginners through to a Foundations of Yoga series – so it is a great way of getting started.
Calm and relieve a tired or stressed mind and body, tone and trim and build strength (in both body and mind).
Strava is an app that gives you access to a worldwide community of people (from beginners to elite athletes) who are getting out there and running, walking, cycling and swimming.
Strava allows you to share your workouts with friends and strangers, share routes and provides detailed data regarding your performance – so you can really make sure you are making the most of every second of your outdoor exercise. It can be used with your smartphone or connected to your GPS watch and head-unit too.
So if you want to track your own route or follow someone else’s (including a large number of elite athletes) this is the app for you.
It isn’t cheap but it is clever.
The bike (and supporting equipment) are around £2,000 to buy. Reviews suggest they are amazing so, if you can afford them, go for it. But that isn’t what we are suggesting here.
There is more to Peleton then just the equipment. For a monthly fee of £30 you can subscribe to the app accessing 1,000s of workout videos covering cycling, running, yoga, outdoor exercise and strength workouts. Both live and on-demand.
The library is ever growing with new live classes being added daily. If you choose live classes you’ll be able to see how other people are performing and feel part of a wider community of people – it is a very social way to exercise without leaving your own home.
We think this is actually pretty good value (especially if you already own a spin bike at home). But even without a bike the app has plenty to keep you going across the exercise range.
Plus they offer a 90-day free trial – perfect for the lockdown period.