How to stay active while you're at home
16 Mar 2020 03:53 PM
We've compiled some of the most useful tips on how you can get active when you're at home, if you're well enough.
More and more of us are spending time at home and thinking about other ways of being active.
The official advice currently is that people can mostly continue with their day to day activity – so you can, for example, continue to use local leisure facilities if you're following the advice on hygiene, like wiping down equipment, and you can carry on going for a walk or a run, or hop on your bike.
But with lots of people staying at home, we've compiled into one place some of the most handy exercise ideas that are out there for keeping active in and around your home.
And if you've found a great way to keep active online, use the hashtag #StayInWorkOut on social media to share it with others.
Remember to check government advice if you think you have any symptoms linked to coronavirus.
Exercising at home
This Girl Can has put together a useful list of exercises to try at home, from table top press ups to living room wall sits - and they're great for women and men alike.
There are also specific exercises you can try:
Online home workouts
If you can't go to the gym, or perhaps don't want to, you can bring the gym into your own home.
There are a number of websites with online home workouts that you can watch and do whenever you want, some for free or with a free trial. For example,
- Fitness Blender has over 500 free workout videos
- Les Mills has a 14-day free trial that gives you access to over 800 online workouts
Other gym-free workouts
From sofa workouts to cardio jumps, the NHS has put together illustrated guides showing some other equipment-free workouts, many of which you can do at home.
Only got a few minutes? The NHS' 10-minute workout ideas are perfect if you've only got a bit of spare time when you're at home.
With the kids
These Disney dance-alongs are a perfect, and fun, way to get active with the kids. One of the dance-alongs, which This Girl Can has made in partnership with Disney, is below, but you can get moving to all of them by clicking the button below.
And Change4Life has created some Disney-themed indoor games and activities, including a Toy Story 4-inspired Find Forky game, that are bundles of fun and will get the kids moving.
There are also lots of ways to keep disabled children and young people active indoors, including a seated version of a classic obstacle race.
If you've got a bit more space
Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active, if you have some space or you're able to leave your house, of course.
Find out a bit more about its benefits and take a look at some other useful resources.
The Active 10 app, from the NHS, is a great way to help you monitor and gradually increase your brisk walking levels over time.
It's available to download via the App Store and Google Play.
And if you've got a garden, you could use the extra space to play a few games - from frisbee if you're with others, to football.