Guides to staying active at home
Free live streamed classes, suitable for all ages, from the comfort of your own home.
Sport England - Join The Movement
Sport England offer really good advice online for home workouts, including activities for older people and children.
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.
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.
GO Active Outdoors
Brings together in one place as much information about what is happening in our parks and on our waterways as possible.
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.
Nuffield Health offer High Intensity Interval Training Circuit, and Core options are available, as well as a warmup and cool down option.
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!
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.
Exercises and stretches for people working at a desk.
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).
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!).
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)
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.
Activities for older people and people with health conditions
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
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 - email@example.com.
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.
- NHS easy, low-impact exercises guide
- NHS sitting exercises
- NHS guides to exercising for strength, balance and flexibility
Move it or Lose it
Move it or Lose it has created a series of fitness videos for older people.
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.
Advice from Diabetes UK about getting active for people with diabetes.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every Body Studio
Online live streamed yoga, Pilates and barre classes at flexible prices from Oxford based 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).
Zumba online. A fun way to keep moving. Suitable for any fitness level - dance at your own pace. £3 per class. Oxford based instructor.
Garden Pilates from Mylates
Local Oxford instructor doing 30 minute Pilates workouts from home every two days.
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.
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