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News: Exer­cise blog — keep­ing your body and mind healthy

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Why not go for a walk and get some fresh air
Why not go for a walk and get some fresh air

You wouldn’t be the only one feeling unsettled right now. The lack of uncertainty in our lives is difficult, but there are ways you can take back some control. Helping yourself to stay positive and healthy is so important, and could make all the difference to not only your physical health, but your mental wellbeing too.

So, if you can, try to make some time each day to do a lit­tle exer­cise. Have some com­fy clothes and a drink at the ready, and take a look at the fol­low­ing ideas to help you keep fit at home: 

1) Online workouts

Online workout

There are many free fit­ness apps and videos you can access online, enabling you to fol­low an exer­cise rou­tine (no mat­ter what your fit­ness lev­el), and you can do it all from the com­fort of your liv­ing room. How about giv­ing these a go? Dai­ly work­outs for exam­ple, or the 7 Minute Work­out: Fit­ness App — Dai­ly HIIT exer­cis­es for home on the App Store.

2) Involve the whole family

Involve the whole family

If you’re at home with your chil­dren or younger sib­lings, fit­ness coach, Joe Wicks, is offer­ing free online PE class­es for chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to take part in. Sim­ply vis­it his YouTube chan­nel every week­day morn­ing, 9 – 9.30am. The Body Coach TV

3) Get outside if you can do so safely

Bike ride

Spring has arrived and the fresh air feels good, so if you can get out­side, whilst dis­tanc­ing your­self from oth­ers safe­ly, please do so! How about a brisk walk or jog? A bike ride? Or why not try some back gar­den yoga? Yoga for begin­ners.

4) Plan some healthy meals

Vegetable soup

Rou­tine and plan­ning is good, and it helps to keep your mind occu­pied and on track. Get cre­ative with the ingre­di­ents you have. The left­over veg that you might nor­mal­ly throw away, put it to good use and make a nutri­tious soup. Sim­ple soup recipe

5) Think outside the box

Living room exercise

You may not be able to nip to your local gym right now but there’s plen­ty of exer­cise equip­ment you can make use of at home, even if you didn’t realise it. 

Whether it’s your sofa for some sim­ple push-ups or tri­cep dips, your stair­case for step-ups, a chair for calf rais­es or lunges, or how about using a wall to do a few squats? Sim­ple exer­cis­es you can do at home.

Exercise for Everyone

Mr Motivator

For some­thing low impact, Mr Moti­va­tor fea­tures in this video all about chair-based exer­cise, which he calls exer­cise for every­one’.

Ideas for activities

How to keep active and healthy picture

One of our Learn­ing and Devel­op­ment Coach­es has cre­at­ed some cards with lots of ideas for activ­i­ties that can be com­plet­ed (most­ly at home). They have dif­fer­ent lev­els of inten­si­ty (bear in mind gov­ern­ment advice may change regard­ing out­door exercise).

The above is just some ideas we’ve had or come across online, so please ensure you exer­cise safe­ly, and do check the NHS advice below before start­ing any new exer­cise programme.

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  • 2nd April 2020 (11:09 AM)
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