Physical activity during the pandemic
We want to support you to keep active during this time by sharing as much information with you as possible, which will enable you to sustain your normal activity levels whilst dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
If you don't regularly partake in physical activity already, now is the perfect time to take care of your health and start something new
Don't forget, if you are doing physical activity at home, we would love to see what you're up to! Share your photos and videos with us by tagging Active Suffolk in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #StayInWorkOut and #KeepMovingSuffolk
Keep Moving Suffolk
At Active Suffolk we are proud be backing the Keep Moving Suffolk campaign, bringing Sport England's #StayInWorkOut message to you.
The aim of these messages is to encourage everyone to share what they are doing to remain active whilst dealing with the pandemic. Share your photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag Active Suffolk and use the hashtags #KeepMovingSuffolk and #StayInWorkOut
For more free physical activity options provided by local instructors and national organisations check out www.keepmovingsuffolk.com
Although your usual routine may have changed and access to leisure facilities and clubs may be restricted, we strongly encourage you to continue to partake in physical activity in a safe environment.
Sport England has compiled a number of fantastic links that can help you to be active from the comfort of your home, including online free workouts, gym/equipment free workouts and workouts you can do with the children.
- Online activity timetable – including a selection of free and paid -for virtual classes to suit all ability levels.
- Outdoor activity advice – tips, advice and guidance on getting active away from home safely and in line with the regulations.
- Active at home resources – a selection of online exercise platforms providing free access or extended trials.
- Activity finder/Feel inspired – including virtual activities and inspiration targeted at women of all ages.
- Ways to move – inspiration and resources to help people with long -term health conditions get active.
- Getting started – ideas and advice on getting started.
The Body Coach TV
There are a huge range of workouts available on YouTube ranging from Yoga, to more intense HIIT workouts.
Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach has shared hundreds of free workouts on his channel including 20 minute HIIT training sessions, 10 minute core exercises and family friendly workouts.
Check out his example below and click HERE to go to his YouTube channel where you can search for a workout that suits your needs.
This Girl Can
This Girl Can has put together a useful list of exercises to try at home, from table top press ups to living room wall sits and they're great for women and men alike!
Click HERE for more information.
The NHS have shared a number of fantastic workouts for all abilities on their fitness studio website. Whether you are a complete beginner, fancy trying something new or need a bit of extra motivation, you are guaranteed to find something that will suit you.
Click HERE for more information.
You can also Click HERE for specific seated exercises. These are particularly good if you are working from home and are finding your back or neck start to ache whilst sitting for long periods at a desk.
Her Spirit is a personalised coaching app for your Mind, Body and Fuel and is now FREE for EVERY women in the UK thanks to Sport England Lottery funding.
Join a supportive, fun, non-judgmental community of like-minded women keeping active and eating more healthily looking after their mental health.
Her Spirit's mission to inspire women to be happier and healthier has never been more important. To help keep you motivated and feeling less socially isolated through this during this period of national uncertainty they are hosting the following within the Her Spirit Community:
- Daily live and on demand workouts - Yoga, Indoor Cycling, Core, Strength, IMoveFreely + more
- Weekly Her Spirit podcast with Louise Minchin (BBC Breakfast) & Annie Emmerson (BBC Triathlon Presenter) and special guests
- Weekly community run and cycling challenges
- Weekly live and on demand meditations
- Weekly Live healthy eating and lifestyles education and inspiration.
- Community Feed to chat and keep in touch with each other for fun and support.
Find out more and download the app today by clicking HERE
Allied Health Professionals
The Allied Health Professionals Physiotherapy Team in Suffolk have a fantastic YouTube channel with plenty of exercises for you to follow from the comfort of your own home. Many of these relate specifically to strengthening a particular area in the body.
CLICK HERE to go to their YouTube channel.
British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation have together a range of physical activity resources on their website, ranging from tips on how you can be active every day to 10-minute workout you can do in your living room:
They also have lots of advice if you (or someone you know) have a heart condition and are currently concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak. Click HERE for more information.
In partnership with Kris Saunders-Stowe, Parasport have created two short videos, ideal for anyone affected by dissability. One focuses on stetching and mobility, whilst the other offers an aerobic routine. No equipment is needed and we have linked the videos for you below.
Stretching and Mobility
WheelPower is the National charity for wheelchair sport. WheelPower provide opportunities for disabled people to play sport and lead healthy active lives. During this time, they have led a range of online workouts and have extended this programme to continue throughout the winter, where they are offering the following:
- Tuesday - 11am : Exercise Class with Ben
- Wednesday - 7pm : Exercise Class with Ella
- Thursday - 11am : Yoga Class with Nina
All classes require FREE booking online. Click HERE for the links to current classes. Examples of their sessions are linked for you below.
Resistance Band Exercises
If you are unable to get hold of resistance bands or cannot afford them, you can apply for a free set of bands here.
Mind Charity - Runners Bingo Card
If you are looking to set some goals and are keen to do some running, MIND charities bingo card may be the tool you need. Click HERE to view and download your very own goal setting card.
100 Miles for Suffolk Mind
If you're looking for a new way to stay active, achieve something amazing and do something to help other people, then the new challenge set by Suffolk Mind might be for you!
The 100 Miles for Suffolk Mind challenge is to cover the distance of 100 miles, whether that is running, skipping, walking, hopping, swimming or in a more unique way. You can do it solo or join friends, family, or colleagues to make it a team challenge.
Find out more and sign up today by clicking HERE
Living with a disability?
Activity Alliance have listed a number of resources and online activities that you can follow from home.
Click HERE to check out the resources available.
Ability Not Disability
Community Fitness Network have worked with 50 instructors who teach in communities to produce workouts for families, children and adults who have special educational needs and disability. Check out the YouTube Channel to access 211 videos including dance fitness, seated, boxing, yoga, stretch, balance and circuits.