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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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