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How to keep fit and active without going to the gym

All public gyms have been closed due to lockdown and it can seem quite difficult to keep fit while staying at home. However, there are many ways to stay active during this time... 

 

Make use of free workout videos online 

You can find thousands of home workout videos all over the internet for all different abilities, which do not require any gym equipment! There are hundreds of fitness channels on YouTube currently offering free workout routines and advice for all memberof the family. If you have kids, why not schedule a P.E lesson at home following Joe Wickes daily live lessons?  Available Monday – Friday at 9am! You can also find some quick videos and live sessions on Instagram and a lot more fitness apps out there for you to try for example, 30 Day Fitness, Workout for Women and MyFitnessPal. You can pick any of these options and tailor your fitness routine, which could include HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and Tabata workouts, from the comfort of your own home (or garden!). 

Go for a walk once a day 

Government guidelines permit us one outing a day which can be used for exercise. Walking is a very underrated form of exercise as it can benefit your heart and lungs and can be good for your leg muscles. You could even build up speed and eventually change this to a run, to burn even more calories and release some endorphins. An alternative to this is going cycling, if you have access to a bike. 

Get creative 

Many items around your house can be great substitutes for gym equipment. Have a look around and you will find some alternatives to your usual dumbbells, for example, water bottles can be used as weights for bicep curls. You can add these to your bodyweight exercises such as planks, lunges, push-ups, or you could even use your stairs (if you have them) for step-ups. 

Housework 

Cleaning the house can be something that you dread, but you can exercise while doing it, without even realising! Put your music on and try to enjoy your housework knowing youre burning calories; vacuuming can burn up to 40 calories alone! 

Eating Healthy 

We all love a treat from time to time and junk food is always very tempting especially when we’re bored and want to chill out on the sofa! However, reducing the amount of fatty, unhealthy food you eat can have a significant benefit on your health and fitness levels. You can find many tasty, healthy recipes online so why not give them a go and possibly see your health and energy increase. 

Drink water 

This can help speed up your metabolism and remove toxins from your body. It is always important to think about what you are putting in your body as it will have a direct effect on your health, and drinking more water is a great start as it will generally make you feel healthier. Health experts recommend that we drink around 2 litres per day. 

 

Stay safe and healthy during lockdown and try to stay positive even though it is challenging. We will get through it together! 

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