Stay Fit at Home

A strong body is a healthy body…and right now, staying healthy is a top priority for just about all of us.

If your favourite class has been called off or your gym has shut its doors, don’t worry. You can still stay fit from home.

Go for a daily walk / run outside (dog not required)

Not only is getting outside for some fresh air good for your physical body, it can help lift your spirits too. Head to your nearest park or walk your favourite city routes – just remember to maintain your distance from others doing the same!

If you’re not normally a runner, check out the Couch to 5K programme from the NHS.

If you want to track your walk or run and find new routes, check out Under Armour’s Map My Run app or Nike’s Run Club app.

Download a fitness app for home workouts

I’m partial to the Nike Training Club app with its wide range of workouts. You can do individual sessions targeting a specific part of the body, do yoga classes and even set up up a 4-8 week plan that guides you through an activity each day.

Under Armour’s Map My Fitness and PEAR’s Personal Fitness Coach do the same. And other options to check out are Fitbit Coach which integrates with your fitness tracker, JEFIT with its focus on strength training and body building and Keelo which offers high intensity interval training.

Strength training is incredibly important to keep bones strong, preserve lean muscle, help you manage your weigh and can even help sharpen your thinking skills. So you may want to invest in some dumbbells, kettle balls or a bench press to help you get stronger at home.

Mix it up with an online dance class

If you’re into ballet, check out Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan’s YouTube channel or ex New York City ballerina Mary Bowers Ballet Beautiful programme.

Steezy offers a 7-day free trial to check out a variety of urban dance styles – everything from hip hop and krump to breaking and jazz funk.

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to tap dance, now is your time. Check out Operation: Tap for a range of classes.

And if you’re not sure what style you’re in the mood for, you can mix it up with DancePlug where you’ll find everything from lyrical to theatrical to Bollywood.

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