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How to keep active when staying at home

Staying at home and limiting social contact can be difficult. Here are some ideas to help you keep active, fit and healthy when staying at home.

Let's all look after our physical and mental health at this time, and look out for others.

There are regular examples being published by Active Essex:

The Active Essex link to their exercise timetable can now be found at 

Whether you've never run before or if you just want to get more active, Couch to 5K is afree and easy way of getting fitter and healthier. If you have any health concerns about beginning an exercise regime like Couch to 5K, make an appointment to see your GP and discuss it with them first.
Get running with Couch to 5K - NHS



If you have access to YouTube there are many yoga class videos you can watch and do, as if you were in a class.

We've put a few in a playlist to start you off. If you have others you enjoy, do share their details with friends, family and neighbours.

If you prefer to start with a few beginner poses, The Yoga Journal has the basics to get your started.

Low impact exercise

The NHS website has a good section on low impact exercises you can do at home to keep your body in good health.

These include:

Sport England has great advice on staying active when at home, with examples of exercises you can do in your lounge. These are for all fitness levels, and also include activities for people with a disability.

There's also a good section on exercising with children at home, incuding these dances from Disney.


A local pilates instructor is going to be running online session on Tuesdays at 9.30am and 7.30pm, and Thursdays at 9.30am and 7.30pm.

Just download the Zoom app and you can join in from your home.


If you have the ingredients available, why not try a new recipe. Not only does it keep you busy, the smell of bread or a cake in the oven can help with happiness - almost as much as eating it afterwards!

We found recipes here for adults and families with young children to give you some inspiration:

BBC Good Food magazine online

Olive Magazine - baking recipes ready in under an hour

And here are a few of Mary Berry's easy bakes

Book clubs

There are lots of Facebook groups set up as book clubs, where you can find inspiration, discuss your favourite books and make new friends online.

There are also apps that give book recommendations, including Goodreads and Bookmojis. Look them up in your app store or on Google Play.

Why not host a Skype or Facetime book club with friends or family?

Theatre at home

Play bill have videos of theatrical performances of 15 Broadway musicals! From Billy Elliott to Cats and more, you can watch them from the comfort of your own lounge (where you can also sing along to help keep those spirits up).

The National Theatre has a massive back catalogue of recorded plays and every Thursday it is going to stream one of those plays through u-Tube:

Museums - virtual tours

When we can't visit a museum, sometimes they're brought to us, from all over the world.

For Children and Family

Free doodle classes from Children's illustrator, Mo Willems are available online

David Walliams is releasing an audio story every day for the next 30 days. They are excellent for all the family to listen to and then why not draw your own illustration to match what you have listened too:

Joe Wicks is doing 30 minute PE sessions on youtube primarily aimed at children but all the family can join in. You don't need any specialist equipment or space.

If Joe Wicks is a little too frantic why not try Cosmic Yoga for kids again on U-tube. There are themed videos to inspire the children with fun characters and excellent graphics.

BBC Bitesize is available for all primary and senior and beyond school children as an extra resource to learning in a fun way.

Do you fancy going on a virtual field trip? There are 20 to chose from on this site from museums, art galleries and zoos.

The kids should see this - is a website full of smart videos for curious minds.

Draw a Rainbow - All over the county hand drawn pictures of rainbows are appearing in windows. These can offer a boost of happiness and colour for those out on their daily exercise.

Following on from the same theme as the Rainbow in the Window, with Easter approaching it might be nice to make a seasonal drawing for people to see.

In line with the popular book ‘We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury,  put your teddy bears in their windows for people to look out for on their one daily exercise outside.


Learn something new

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Do you need support?

Do keep in touch with friends and family members at this time, through social media or on the phone.

Staying at home can be difficult. If you feel you need extra support with your mental health, please do reach out to organisations who can help you. There is good information available on the MIND website.

Provide will offer support at this time for all things to do with mental health: 


Updated 29/05/20

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