Staying Active at Home
Sometimes it can be hard to stay active, especially when you’re at home for long periods of time. Usually, you might head to the gym for exercise, or perhaps you attend weekly classes, or prefer to swim. But, during a period where a lot of us are working from home, you may need to tweak your routine slightly. Keeping fit and healthy can encourage you to work better, especially in a completely new environment. We’ve collected together some resources that might help you with staying active at home.
Resources You Can Use
The NHS Website
The NHS online website has some great ‘gym-free exercises’ for you to try at home. According to the NHS, “Doing at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity is enough to keep you feeling fit and healthy.” Adding one of these short 10 minute workouts to your working-from-home routine will help to improve your general health and wellbeing.
You can find the exercises here on the NHS website.
The Sport England Website
You can find lots of tips for being active at home on the Sport England website. They’ve compiled a list of handy exercise ideas that are great for keeping you active in and around your home.
Free Exercise Videos
If you usually attend classes that have an instructor, you might find it easier to watch online videos to help keep you active. Whether you want to do yoga, cardio, or something more simple, there are plenty of workout videos you can use. Some gyms, such as PureGym, offer free online tutorials for exercise routines you can try at home. You might find that Youtube has a better option for you, as you can search for something specific to your needs. The NHS website also has a selection of videos that range from 10 to 45 minutes in length. They are mainly beginner level workouts, and should be suitable for all fitness levels.
During this working from home period, there are also lots of individuals hosting free live sessions via Facebook. Some of our team have recently joined this Facebook group, that has lots of different free classes you can join in with. If you are a part of your community Facebook page, you might also find local groups holding their classes online.
There are lots of different apps you can download to help with working out at home. Some people find apps easier to follow as they can guide you better through your workout. Some allow you to set up daily reminders so you don’t forget to do your workout and take some time for your health!
Keeping Children & Young People Active at Home
During this period it is also important to make sure children and young people are getting the exercise they need. From Monday (23rd March 2020), Joe Wicks will be doing P.E classes live on The Body Coach TV Youtube Channel from 9am each morning to help keep kids healthy and positive. You might also find live classes for young people to follow on Facebook.
Stay Fit, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe
We would like to encourage all of our young people, Foster Carers and staff to do everything they can to take care of themselves during this period. Please find time to look after your health and wellbeing, whilst making sure to remain safe and positive.