Lockdown this time around is a little grey, dull, rainy and windy. For some, that won’t put them off exercising outdoors (I wish I was that motivated!) but many like me, would prefer to stay in the warm. However, if you’re able to go outside, even for a walk, I highly recommend it for both your physical and mental health. A change of scenery can do wonders for your mindset.
If you’re after something a bit more intense (or relaxing) than a walk, then there are options to explore from the comfort of your home. Below are some of my findings, which are free – some I’ve tried and some I’ve heard of. Let me know if you have any recommendations to add!
Let’s start with those which I’ve tried and can recommend.
The most obvious platform to start searching is YouTube. There’s possibly hundreds of thousands videos available to you which as a thought is very overwhelming! I’ve listed some of my favourite channels here:
YOGA WITH ADRIENE:
I explored yoga during the first lockdown as a way to relax, clear my mind for the day ahead and also stretch out some of the tension I felt in my body. I was recommended Adriene’s channel, which has 9.21 subs and it’s honestly brilliant for anyone interested in yoga- whether as a beginner or more advanced. Currently, Adriene’s doing a 30-day yoga journey where she posts a daily video, focusing on various areas of the body and yoga. Each video differs in length, which I love as you can then find a workout that’s suitable for the time you have available to you.
THE BODY COACH TV:
The one and only Joe Wicks has really come into his own during the last year and he deserves all the recognition and success for his dedication to keeping us all active and talking about Mental Health freely. Joe is someone I followed prior to the PE with Joe success, but more for healthy recipe tips. However, once PE with Joe was launched, I attempted to take part in as many as I could and although they were primarily aimed at school children, the workouts were actually really good and suitable for all! Since then, Joe’s channel has picked up a following (he had one before, but it’s been elevated!) and there’s lots of great content, aimed at everyone – even seniors.
If you’re looking to ramp up your workout intensity, then this a good place to start. Last year, I took part in some zoom workout classes (paid for classes) which were amazing and one of them were STRONG Nation inspired. These high intensity workouts will warm you right up. There are a range of videos, featuring 30-minute full body workouts or a shorter 7 minute one for abs and core. I’ve tried some of these at home and you feel great after.
When googling the words ‘free online workouts’ there are a wealth of website returns. One of the first websites to pop up is the Sport England website and when you click through there’s a link to content to help you get active at home. What I love about this, is that it is broken down into sections depending on who’s working out or what you’re wanting to work out. Under each of the categories, are lists of organisations, individuals and the like who offer home workouts – both free and paid. Those that offer free resources include:
NIKE TRAINING CLUB – nike.com/gb/ntc-app
POPSUGAR FITNESS – Youtube channel
NHS HOME WORKOUTS – nhs.uk/better-health/get-active/home- workout-videos
COSMIC KIDS YOGA – Youtube channel
DISNEY WORKOUTS – thisgirlcan.co.uk/activities/Disney-workouts
MOVE IT OR LOSE IT UK – Youtube channel
I think it’s safe to say, that if you’re looking for it, there is plenty to be found. It might take some trial and error finding the right workouts for you but there is plenty of diverse, fun or results yielding exercises out there. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2021.