Guides to staying active at 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 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.
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!
Work out from home with Sweaty Betty's online fitness classes. With workouts ranging from yoga to HIIT, explore the video library to find a class to suit your time frame and fitness level.
iPrescribe Exercise 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 for hours at a desk are available on the internet
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!).
Fitness and Wellbeing with Kay
Free online HITT and circuit classes – all levels and abilities welcome. Follow on Instagram and Facebook @fitnessandwellbeingwithkay
- Tuesdays at 6.30pm – HITT
- Saturdays at 9.30am – circuits
Tai Chi, Pilates and meditation with Amy Thakurdas
- Wednesdays at 11am – Tai Chi for Health and Wellbeing (beginners welcome)
- Thursdays at 6pm – Beginners Pilates for Abs, Legs and Back
- Thursdays at 7pm – Intermediate Pilates for Abs, Legs and Back
All sessions £5
Monday 12noon – Meditation
Free, all abilities welcome
Activities for older people and people with health conditions
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
The Body Coach - Joe Wicks for kids
Joe Wicks (the body coach) is doing a ‘PE with Joe’ workout every weekday at 9am for kids and their adults. These are live on his YouTube channel and will be free for people to access.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Cosmic Kids is Healthy screen time for 21st Century kids! 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!
Yoga for families
30 to 45 minute yoga classes, once a week for children and their families. Combining traditional yoga, mindfulness and with a background in Montessori education, these fun classes aim to exercise, empower and educate the whole child.
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.
Individual families can now receive a password to access real PE at home online resources, even if your school hasn’t signed up! real PE at home includes an online programme which supports families to be active, play and learn together. It includes a programme specifically for children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 with 12 themes, 6 areas, over 250 activities and challenges and 1,000s of hours of fun and activity. For children in Key Stage 2, there are carefully selected personal best challenges, skills and games designed for the home and garden.
Activities for people with disabilities
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 a Thursday at 10am
- Zumba Fitness (high impact) on a Saturday at 4pm
Classes are charged at £3 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.
Pilates at tempus te
Interactive, online Pilates classes led by a Chartered Physiotherapist and Fully Certified APPI Pilates Instructor.
In the classes through the meetings app Zoom, the instructor uses live, large-scale projected images to make participation and the leading of the classes a smoother and more involving experience. Oxford based instructor.
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.
Yoga with Jacqueline
Jacqueline has two weekly Yoga sessions to cater for all ages and abilities.
- Yoga (gentle) on a Saturday at 9am
- Yoga (more intense) on a Saturday at 10.30am
Classes are charged at £7 per session with a discounted rate of £4.50 for those on lower incomes.
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