Exercising at Home 

If you’re not used to doing this (and most of us aren’t), it can be challenging to get started. But the truth is that when you do, you will feel so much better. You don’t need any special equipment, and it can even be good fun!

Why does exercise make us feel better?

It can be hard to find that motivation to get out there but deciding to engage in physical activity or exercise is a positive choice that you can own and will help flood your body with good feelings in this difficult time. This article from the Mental Health Organisation UK details what this might look like for you but also the benefits you will experience in your own mental health. There are many useful links, including to the NHS within this article.

Ok! So what next?

So we know the benefits of working out, but how are we supposed to do this on lockdown? If this baby can train like Rocky in his living room then there must be things that we can do too, right?

 

 

Ok, if that baby can do it, so can I! Where do I start?

Glad you asked! Well, a great place to get started is with Joe Wicks. It’s no accident that he has become “the nation’s P.E. teacher”. He’s really easy to follow, and has loads of new content each week, so you will never get bored. Just click the image and go!
                           

                                

Jim Howe

Facilitator

I know myself how hard it can be to get into new habits and routines, so a bit of help can go a long way.

There are loads of ways to exercise at home, and I’ve found that it really helps when we stop and think about why we are doing it.

It’s not just to get fit and toned, although there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s also about our mental health. Being stuck indoors is  not the best thing for us, and we all need a boost to help us through. Exercise is one guaranteed way to feel a bit better.

You can do workouts, or even just see what challenges are going around TikTok and Instagram too, such as Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5, the 50 keepy up challenge or learning how to do the shuffle up the stairs, this way you can stay connected with others while staying active too. 

Here is me attempting a challenge with my pregnant wife! Can you do any better? Tell us in the video ask!


More resources to give yourself a boost

We are adding new resources all the time. Have look at the resources page and click the tab “I want a boost” to see what we have on offer, and let us know if there’s something else you’d like to see.