It’s not all bad, coronavirus has helped many of us focus on our health and lifestyles and many people are now exercising more than they used to.
When choosing to exercise it is important to find something that matches your own interests, health and ability, remembering that anything you do, no matter how small, is likely to be beneficial.
With coronavirus restrictions frequently changing, if you like visiting a gym or club its best to have a backup plan. For many of us the backup has been to access classes via the internet. While there are many resources on the internet, we have highlighted some below:
While there are many resources on the internet, we have highlighted some below:
- The NHS Fitness Studio has a range of instructor led fitness videos ranging from 10-45 minutes, along with other advice on keeping healthy.
- If you are missing the Gym try the NHS gym-free workouts for easy to follow illustrated guides.
- Sport England also has tips for keeping active and suggestions for on-line classes.
Where any level of exercise fills you with uncertainty, don’t worry. At a very basic level, work your way round your body thinking about all the different parts, from feet though to head and neck and maybe give them a wiggle or gentle movement. Building on this, there is NHS guidance on easy, indoor exercise, including seated exercises.
“We are Undefeatable” is a movement developed by 15 health and social care charities to help people with long term health conditions remain active. Their website shares ideas, personal stories and links to web-based exercise classes for many abilities.
The Health and Wellbeing Coordinator tried a lot of Zumba and dance classes from all round the world using YouTube. She has now settled on daily African dance workouts with Kukuwa Fitness which last 15-20 minutes, so a nice break from sitting in front of a computer and an opportunity to travel in spirit, if not for real.
Staff are also good at improvisation, getting the children to join in using tins of beans as substitutes for dumbbells – which may explain their disappearance last year from the supermarket shelves!
We are a mixed bunch at Grand Union with some staff being keen runners and cyclists. While some have kept going throughout the year others have found new ways to train.
The Web & Digital Development Manager enjoys working towards a challenge and uses Virtual Runner UK to take part in running events, raise money for charity and collect a medal. While our IT Developer Apprentice has set up a punch bag in the garage and enjoys walking to forage for food for the family rabbits.