A Healthy Body = A Healthy Mind. Although the gyms have closed there are so many ways to keep fit whilst at home. Believe me I know how tempting it is to want to fall into Christmas mode at the moment and slack on exercise whilst snacking on everything, but after a while you’ll be feeling pretty low and it’ll be even easier to do nothing and reach for the extra calories!
Here’s a few ways to keep yourself active at home:
- Live stream home workouts & YouTube
Some gyms such as Active Northumberland are doing live Facebook streams so that you can join in and work out at home. They are focusing on body weight, so no home equipment is needed, and the videos are also available to access any time after the live stream.
If you do have some home equipment but aren’t too sure on how to use it effectively or want to work on a specific area YouTube is your best friend! There are endless amounts of workouts to suit everyone’s fitness level!
- Utilising your daily outdoor exercise time
WALK – Usually most people (especially drivers like myself) have the attitude of why would I walk when I can drive? But walking to/from the shop or going on a long walk with the dog burns a lot of calories! If you have a fitness watch or a smartphone, you’ll be glad to know they track your steps! By counting your steps and making sure you get 10,000 steps in per day it indicates your doing enough physical exercise to reduce health risks.
RUN – This is something you either do, or you don’t… if you already do it then great go use your exercise time on a lovely scenic run! If not, start now! The NHS have an app called ‘Couch to 5K’ which helps people who have never been runners run 5k in only 6 weeks! It's 30 minutes out of your day, 3 times a week and improves your fitness levels immensely. Once you graduate Couch to 5k there is a 5k+ app to then continue your running journey! I’d recommend pre-planning where you are going to run and make sure its pretty because the scenery is one of the best parts of running.
Download couch to 5k here
- Exercise guides
If you’re completely new to exercising a 12 week activity plan for beginners can be found here it combines running, strength and flexibility into workouts with the overall aim of getting you into regular exercise in just 12 weeks!
Whether you want to be inspired before a workout, or be walked through an exercise there's a podcast for it!
If youre a spotify user click here for a list of podcasts
Apple Music click here
NHS strength and flexibility podcast can be found here
Overall, the NHS online offer a whole fitness studio for anyone to access from the comfort of their own home at any time for free!! To access the fitness studio and explore much more than can be fit into this blog follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/