Right now, it’s more important than ever that you keep yourselves fit and healthy. Regular exercise is proven to reduce your risk of major illness, increase energy levels, improve our sleep and boost our mood. With more of us working from home or unable to use our usual training facilities, we’ve started to look for alternative ways that we can keep ourselves fit at home while following guidance around social distancing and self-isolation.
There’s a wealth of content available to us online, on-demand and live-streamed, to help us keep active at home.
We’ve done some researched and pulled together some of the best, free services that you can make use of right now:
Husband and wife duo Kelli and Daniel founded Fitness Blender as a YouTube channel and have become the go-to for home workouts. Their free fitness videos (with optional paid programmes) range from 15-minute feel-good cardio kicks to full functional strength workouts (if you have dumbbells to hand).
P.E. with Joe Wicks
With the schools off and the kids at home, Joe Wicks (AKA ‘The Body Coach’) has launched P.E. with Joe over on his YouTube channel. Every Monday to Friday at 9am, Joe will be live as the ‘nation’s PE teacher’ to take children through an at-home, high-energy PE lesson to keep them active.
Best known for its at-home exercise bike and live streamed spin classes, Peloton also offers a mix of running, strength, toning, cycling, yoga, meditation and outdoor workouts though its app. Free to download, and currently free for 90 days (and no need to enter credit card info), this one comes highly recommended for some world-class workouts.
One of the world’s best-known fitness names, Les Mills offers studio classes in gyms across the globe. With gyms and health clubs now closed, Les Mills has opened up a selection of its workouts to access for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, you’ll find equipment-free classes such as BodyCombat, BodyAttack and GRIT, as well as BodyPump, BodyStep and RPM for those with equipment. You’ll also find Barre, BodyBalance (yoga) and mindfulness classes.
Want to support your local fitness instructors? MoveGB connects you with local clubs and class providers across a host of fitness activities. At the moment, it is providing its partners with a platform to offer live-streamed classes to its members. It has also set up an Activity Provider Support Fund and has partnered with FIIT to provide free on-demand classes for its customers. You can try Move right now for just £1.
In need of a workout playlist? We created the St. Modwen Roadtrip to take you on a musical journey of our sites across the UK. Find out more and listen, here: stmodwen.co.uk/playlist