We’ve touched upon the positive impact exercise can have on mental health in previous posts. But it seems more poignant than ever to think about incorporating this into your daily routine, whether it is your one daily allowance of exercise outside of the house, or an indoor/garden exercise. We know so many people are still hard at work or helping those who need it at the moment, and for that we salute you! However, for many it can be easy to let the days merge into one heck of a long Netflix binge interrupted purely for food and sleep. If you have the luxury of gym equipment at home, perhaps its been gathering dust… Now is a great time to get using it. However, we know many do not have kit at home and with gyms currently closed its a good time to make use of alternative resources. Its difficult to know where to start so we have compiled a (hopefully) useful list for all ages and abilities.

For a full body workout

Many gyms that have been forced to close are now using online platforms to offer workouts. Barrys UK (Barrys bootcamp) are streaming live workouts on the hour with their experienced trainers direct from their homes – you can check out their Instagram page for a schedule.

The Fitness Marshall is a fitness channel with 2.3 million subscribers. Run by Caleb Marshall, he has loads of fun dance workouts as well as offering a free 30-minute sweat session at the moment. Our personal fav is Cher – Turn back time – even if you don’t dance along its guaranteed to lift your mood. If you subscribe to his channel you can take advantage of his livestreamed daily workouts.

Kayla Itsines is a hugely popular trainer and fitness influencer. Although for most of her stuff you may need to download her workout app ‘sweat with Kayla’, you can also find her fitness videos on Women’s Health YouTube channel. She has plenty of home workouts for exercising with or without equipment. She also has really useful pregnancy workouts and nutritional advice videos too.

For yoga

For a yoga workout check out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. She has a great 20-minute beginner class or a 30 days of yoga series to guide you through the fundamentals of yoga. There are also workouts tailored to dealing with stress and anxiety which will be beneficial to many during this time.

For kids

If you are looking for ways to get the kids involved then definitely check out Joe Wicks live streamed PE sessions weekdays at 9am on his YouTube channel. The 30-minute workouts are super fun and suitable for all ages with no equipment is needed. He’s also donating every penny made from these videos to the NHS, what a champ. The Fitness Marshall mentioned earlier also has fun dance videos for kids, set to tunes like Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.

For seniors

Joe wicks has also catered to the senior audience too with 10-minute chair workouts for the elderly which you can find on his YouTube channel. There’s also Move it or lose it which is a Facebook page that offers workouts for the elderly to keep them active in later life. They have free downloadable support pack at the moment, you just fill in your basic details online and they will send you regular updates and exercises – we like the sound of their ‘Cuppa Routine’ which involves four simple exercises every time the kettle is boiled.. this could turn into quite a daily workout with all the cuppas brewed at the mo!

For meditation

Calm has taken the mediation world by storm becoming a hugely popular tool for.. well.. keeping calm! You can take advantage of their week free trial and then choose to subscribe if its been useful – its around £28 a year which when broken down monthly isn’t too expensive. They have a YouTube channel with free videos to watch too. You can opt for a daily calm session to help you relax or choose an alternative programme if you are a more advanced user. It also has a library of sleep stories narrated by celebrities including Stephen Fry if you struggle with unwinding before bed. A similar app is Headspace, which takes you through the basics of mindfulness and meditation – this one is great for beginners.

For something a bit different…

There has never been a better time to try something new, with the comfort of being at home where no one can see you! If you are on Instagram there are a heap of celebrities utilising the Instagram live feature to offer various classes. Strictly favourites Oti Mabuse and Karen Hauer are both streaming daily dance classes. Yesterday for example, Oti gave a dance masterclass incorporating salsa, commercial and Charleston into one dance! What a way to surprise your friends on the floor when normality resumes.  

Take a walk

The one allowance of exercise out of the house per day should be taken full advantage of. Its so important for your mental health to get outdoors, and the weather has even been on our side so there is no excuse. Take a walk around the block, around your garden, anywhere! It will do wonders for you during this period. Download a podcast to listen to or a new album – use the time well.

Here at CardioKit we hope everyone is staying safe and at home during this time and we wish everyone all the best.