Even though our leisure centres have had to close and we’re spending most of our time at home, we must not forget to stay active and healthy. This is why Active Leeds has put together great online resources such as activity tutorials, guidance and information, and fun challenges to try from home. Physical activity can help us de-stress, maintain general health and boost our immune systems.
You don’t need to have a lot of equipment to stay active from home – a chair, stairs or a wall are more than enough to get you working out. Whether you’re looking for workout routines for yourself, your children, or your older relatives, the different sections on the Active Leeds website will offer you a wide range of resources you can use to stay healthy at home.
The children and families area gives you plenty of fun ways to keep the whole family active. From exercises from Les Mills Born to Mover to Disney Dance workouts, you can find the perfect workout routines to keep your child active for the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day. To see what activity is the most suitable for you and your children, visit https://active.leeds.gov.uk/healthy-at-home/be-active/children-and-families.
For adults, Active Leeds brings you great exercise routines that would contribute to the recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week. The proposed exercises include building strength to keep your muscles, bones and joints strong. Check out this page to learn more about physical activity routines for adults: https://active.leeds.gov.uk/healthy-at-home/be-active/adults.
Older adults also have a special section in the #HealthyAtHome campaign. Workouts and guidance from Age UK, Make Movement Your Mission, or Later Life Calendar will help you keep your body and mind both active and healthy. For great ways to stay active indoors if you’re older, check out https://active.leeds.gov.uk/healthy-at-home/be-active/older-adults.
Active Leeds has also included tips on how to take care of your well-being and your mind. These difficult times might be challenging, so it’s important to learn how to remain positive. Staying in touch with the loved ones, having a good quality sleep, and, of course, staying active and finding time for physical exercises are only a few of the things you can do to keep your mind relaxed and calm. The following resources could be of great help to keep your spirits up: https://active.leeds.gov.uk/healthy-at-home/your-wellbeing.
Many of the Active Leeds team, including fitness instructors, have got involved in creating a special YouTube channel to bring you a great at-home workouts and fitness advice: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe48NjP0fjIr-74GM_Qj9eg?view_as=subscriber.
Follow Active Leeds on Facebook where the team will be posting some workout videos for you to get stuck into which will be led by their friendly fitness instructors: https://www.facebook.com/ActiveLeeds/. Feel free to share your exercise daily updates on their Facebook channel, whether that’s dancing while doing the dishes or lunges while cleaning out the fishes!
For full information about the #HealthyAtHome campaign launched by Active Leeds, visit: https://active.leeds.gov.uk/healthyathome.