4 ways to keep fit in isolation

Yoga fun class

For the time being, the world as we know it has fundamentally changed. The UK is now just a week into a lockdown announced by the government in the effort to limit the spread of coronavirus. This is a tactic which has been seen in countries all over the world to keep us safe and help overstretched health services.

In the UK, this means many of us are now working from home and are restricted to leaving the home only for necessary trips to supermarkets and one form of exercise per day. A huge change to the freedom we are normally used to.

While we are still able to head outside for a walk, cycle or run, many are choosing to stay safely at home. This however doesn’t mean we still can’t stay healthy and fit. The lockdown has brought with it a whole host of options to get fit at home, with plenty of resources and classes now available online. We take a look at some of the best ones.

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga has been consistently growing in popularity for years. As a low impact activity which keeps you mentally and physically strong, yoga can be done almost anywhere. Over the past few years, Adriene Mishler’s YouTube channel Yoga with Adriene has amassed over 6.5million subscriptions, making it one of the most popular yoga channels online.

Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned professional, there are hundreds of videos to take part in no matter what your age or physical ability.

Green Goddess

She may now be 80 years old, but Diana Moran otherwise known as the Green Goddess is still as fit as ever. The original fitness Queen of breakfast TV has made a comeback on the BBC to help keep us active and fit. During the 1980s, dressed in her trademark green leotard, Diana was a staple feature on morning TV encouraging viewers to wake up and stay fit.

Now back to help us keep moving while in isolation, Diana will be on BBC breakfast at 6.55am and 8.55am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with her latest ways for us to keep moving.

Barry’s

If you are after something a little more testing, Barry’s might be your answer. Famed for their bootcamp classes at their gyms around the world, their workouts will put you through your paces!

Now without the luxury of their well-equipped gyms, Barry’s has taken to Instagram to provide free, bodyweight exercise classes. Everyday via Instagram Live, Barry’s instructors provide a great, simple workout for you to take part in at home and keep fit while in isolation.

Joe Wicks

You can’t talk about online fitness gurus without talking about Joe Wicks. Otherwise known as the Body Coach, Joe Wicks has turned his lean in 15 healthy recipes into a fitness empire. Now Joe, is hosting home workouts for kids and adults alike following the closure of schools in the UK.

Through his Body Coach UK YouTube channel, Joe is providing fantastic daily videos for how you and the whole family can keep fit at home through simple, low-impact bodyweight exercise. With some videos receiving over 3 million views, there is something for everyone, from home workouts for seniors to daily P.E. with Joe classes.

These are testing times for us all but keeping health and exercise can be key to our mental health. Whether it’s an online video to take part in or getting out for a daily walk, use your time wisely and keep healthy!