Leisure, Sports and Physical Activities

Guides to staying active at home

Fusion Lifestyle

Free live streamed classes, suitable for all ages, from the comfort of your own home.

Visit the Fusion Lifestyle YouTube channel

Sport England - Join The Movement

Sport England offer really good advice online for home workouts, including activities for older people and children.

Visit the Sport England site

Active Oxfordshire - Staying active at home

Active Oxfordshire and GO Active have put together their own guide on staying active at home with links to loads of activities for all people of all ages and abilities.

Visit the Active Oxfordshire site

Guardian - 10 best online home workouts

Keep up an exercise routine – or start a new one – while working from home. Here’s a guide to some of the best free resources.

Guardian - 10 best online home workouts

GO Active Outdoors

Brings together in one place as much information about what is happening in our parks and on our waterways as possible.

Visit the GO Active Outdoors website


Activities for adults

The Body Coach - Joe Wicks

The Body Coach TV is the home of Joe Wicks’ workouts. He has hundreds of free workouts for all fitness levels. These fun workouts can be done at home with no equipment.

See The Body Coach workouts on YouTube

Nuffield Health

Nuffield Health offer High Intensity Interval Training Circuit, and Core options are available, as well as a warmup and cool down option. 

Try the Nuffield Health workout

NHS exercises at home

Moving around for even a few minutes can lift your mood, give you more energy and improve your health. 

The NHS website lists some popular activities you can do at home.

This Girl Can exercises at home

This Girl Can has put together a list of exercises that most of us can try; from table top press ups to living room wall sits! No equipment required and the best bit is we can do them in our pyjamas!

This Girl Can exercises at home

EXi

EXi is a free, evidence-based app which analyses your health, current fitness level, disease status and resting heart rate, and produces a personalised 12-week physical activity plan that is tailored to your needs and will transform your life.

Visit the EXi website

Desk exercises

Exercises and stretches for people working at a desk.

Try desk exercises

Buggyfit

Buggyfit have made part of their Buggyfit at home programme available for free. From this, you can learn from their specialist women’s health Physio, Megan, and Founder Emma, on just how your body has changed during childbirth and how to re-strengthen it going forwards (please note charges apply after free content has expired).

Try Buggyfit

Isis Cyclists

Since Isis Cyclists can't organise any rides during the current coronavirus outbreak, they've put together a selection of routes on their website. The routes vary in distance (and hills!). 

Explore local cycling routes

Tai Chi and Pilates with Amy Thakurdas

  • Mondays at 6pm: Tai Chi (beginners)
  • Tuesdays at 6pm: Pilates (all levels)
  • Wednesdays at 10am: Tai Chi (intermediate)
  • Wednesdays at 11am: Yoga (beginners)
  • Thursdays at 6pm: Pilates (all levels)

Email Amy for more details and to book

GO Active Get Healthy 

The GO Active, Get Healthy programme is a free 6 month programme to support people living with Type 2 Diabetes in Oxfordshire to become more active. Physical activity can help you to manage your diabetes through better control of blood sugar levels, as well as improving overall physical and mental wellbeing. We know that for many people, taking up physical activity can be daunting which is why the GO Active Get Healthy programme is centred around 6 months of motivational interviewing, goal setting, confidence building and support to help you increase your physical activity levels in a manageable and sustainable way.

To find out more visit the GO Active website 


Activities for older people and people with health conditions

Dance Creative

Dance creative is an Oxfordshire based Company specialising in work with older communities. They are delivering weekly dance classes for older people through their 'Dance for Life' programme online.

They are currently offering an opportunity for new participants to take part in 'Dance for Life' online.

Sessions take place weekly through Zoom, with a Creative Dance Class followed by social time and chat.

Classes cost £3.50 per class if paying for a block or £4 pay as you go.

The benefits of the sessions are:

  • Improve strength, balance, fitness and mobility

  • Have more self-confidence

  • Make friends and be part of a group

  • Develop creative skill

Visit the Dance Creative website to find out more 

Creative Online Dance Sessions for People with Parkinson’s

Dance for Parkinson’s online (pre-recorded) sessions are available for free on MuMo Creative’s website. They are designed to improve mobility, strength and balance through movement, whilst also adding a creative element (led by a team of 2 dance artists and a musician). They are fun sessions and relevant to any older person (with or without PD).

Join MuMo Creative artists Roosa Leimu-Brown (dancer), Louisa Dalton (dancer) and Nia Williams (musician) in ten inspiring music and movement sessions. Each week a new session will be posted up on the MuMo Creative website.

The first 5 sessions are themed around ‘A Midsummer Nights’ Dream’, and the last five sessions are based on ‘A Christmas Carol’. These sessions are delivered in partnership with Oxford City Council and supported by OCC and Arts Council England. Sessions will also continue into 2021 (when we will continue our partnership with English National Ballet). For more details about the Dance for Parkinson’s programme, please contact Claire Thompson - cthompson@oxford.gov.uk.

NHS gentle exercises at home

The NHS website lists some popular activities you can do at home. These resources are suitable for everyone but particularly good if you're older or have health conditions.

Move it or Lose it

Move it or Lose it has created a series of fitness videos for older people.

Watch Move it or Lose it videos on YouTube

Generation Games

Generation Games, part of Age UK Oxfordshire have recorded free online Home Exercise sessions that are published weekly on their website.

They have also created a simple 40 minutes exercise video with older people in mind to help improve your cardiovascular (heart and lungs) fitness, your muscular strength and your balance..

Please enjoy and share!

British Heart Foundation

Ideas for getting active from the British Heart Foundation.

Visit the British Heart Foundation website

Diabetes UK

Advice from Diabetes UK about getting active for people with diabetes.

Visit the Diabetes UK website

ElWell

ElWell is a local company who support people to stay active as they get older. As home visits are currently not permitted they have been busy offering virtual support to people during self-isolation focussing on physical and mental wellbeing. They are also offering virtual physiotherapy sessions to help people stay mobile.

Visit the ElWell website


Activities for kids

Active Recovery Hub

The Active Recovery Hub provides free resources designed to encourage children to reach the Chief Medical Officer's target of taking part in 60 minutes of physical activity a day. The new platform allows users to search for activities by age and the time of day they want to get active.

Visit the Active Recovery Hub

Street Tag

A fun, free, smartphone app that offers rewards for exercise! Street Tag turns physical activity into a game and converts walking, running and cycling into Street Tag points (tags). Your local streets and parks are turned into a giant virtual playground!

Find out more about Street Tag on Oxfordshire County Council's website

British Orienteering 

Access a range of downloadable orienteering resources and activities to help keep children entertained, whether at home, in the garden or in local green spaces. 

Start exploring on the British Orienterring website

Virtual after school club

The Youth Sport Trust runs a virtual after school club on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm. Live stream and catch  up on previous sessions on YouTube.

Join in on YouTube

BBC Let's Get Active

Join commentators Johnny and Jasmine live from the arena as they introduce a range of fun new physical education games and activities. Learn the key skills and tactics, and get up and moving, both in the classroom and out in the playground. Aimed at kids aged 5 to 11.

Let's Get Active website

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Cosmic Kids is healthy screen time for 21st century kids!, where yoga meets stories and fun! More than a million kids do yoga, mindfulness and relaxation with Jaime on the Cosmic Kids YouTube Channel. Parents and teachers report significant improvements in self-regulation, focus and empathy. But the videos are brilliant fun so kids love doing them!

Visit the Cosmic Kids site

Change4Life - Disney-themed activities

When exercising with little ones it can be tricky to keep everyone entertained and active, so Change4Life have created some Disney-themed indoor games and activities that are bundles of fun and will get the kids moving.

Change4Life Disney-themed indoor game ideas

This Girl Can - Disney dance-alongs

This Girl Can have partnered with Disney and real families across England, to capture some of the ways mums and kids get moving to the songs they love. You can learn their moves or put your own spin on their routines.  

Watch This Girl Can's Disney dance-alongs

TT Kidz - Table tennis at home

Table tennis can be played by anyone and anywhere, even at home on the kitchen table.

TT Kidz has launched 9 videos so you can get still get involved while at home. These include sessions on keepy-uppies and striking the ball.

Visit the TT Kidz website

Move Crew

Nike have teamed up with ukactive to bring 'Move Crew', which sets daily move missions for kids to follow, with a new video released each weekday at 8am. Features well-known athletes such as Dina Asher-Smith. Aimed at 7 to 12-year-olds.

Start your first mission on the ukactive Kids website


Activities for people with accessibility needs

Five in Five - We Are Undefeatable

Choose 5 activities from a suite of accessible exercises, and do each for 1 minute for a 5 minute mini-workout. Easy!

Visit the We Are Undefeatable website

WheelPower - adaptive yoga

Nina Boswell Brown demonstrates, explains and guides you through a gentle warm up, before showing you how to complete the yoga poses in a safe and effective way.

Visit the WheelPower website

Parasport

Parasport has teamed up with Kris Saunders-Stowe a qualified fitness instructor to bring you some short, easy to follow guides to stretching and improving your mobility.

Visit the Parasport website

Change4Life - activities for kids

For those living with a child with a disability, Change4Life have some great ideas to help you get moving together including a seated obstacle race and potato golf.

Change4Life accessible activities

MS Society - simple exercises

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can make it hard to exercise. The MS Society has created a range of exercises for people with MS. These workouts are designed for different levels of mobility.

Visit the MS Society website


Yoga, Pilates and Zumba

Yoga With Adriene

YouTube channel connecting as many people as possible through high-quality free yoga videos. All levels, all bodies, all genders, all souls welcome.

Browse the library of free yoga videos to find a practice that suits your mood.

Yoga With Adriene YouTube channel

Every Body Studio

Online live streamed yoga, Pilates and barre classes at flexible prices from Oxford based studio.

Join in with a class from Every Body Studio

Zumba with Mariana

Our lovely Mariana who normally runs our Zumba at the Town Hall has gone online with two weekly classes:

  • Zumba Gold (low impact) on Thursdays at 9:30am
  • Zumba Fitness (high impact) on Tuesdays at 6pm

Classes are charged at £4 per household (payable via PayPal or BACS).

Find out more and book Zumba with Mariana by email

Bry Zumba

Zumba online. A fun way to keep moving. Suitable for any fitness level - dance at your own pace. £3 per class. Oxford based instructor.

Book class with Bry Zumba

Garden Pilates from Mylates

Local Oxford instructor doing 30 minute Pilates workouts from home every two days. 

See the Mylates channel on YouTube

Yoga with Yoga Venue Oxford

Online yoga classes for the whole family. Good techniques for breathing, stretching and getting stronger. Something for everyone. Oxford based studio.

Try an online Yoga Venue Oxford class


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