It’s important that we all keep moving, according to government guidance, while we’re staying or working at home.
Make sure you take time to build movement into your day. Get up to stretch, walk the stairs, skip in the backyard, or gardening can be good exercise too.
You could also try a fitness video for home work-outs or yoga sessions. There’s so much happening online to help you stay fit and healthy and try new things:
Videos and resources
Get Set Leeds has put together some great online resources such as activity tutorials, guidance and information, and fun challenges to try from home. They’ve also created How to stay physically active while self-isolating in the house which has lots of links for exercises you can do at home.
Active Leeds – has information for staying active at home for different age groups, with links to online exercises and ideas for moving more outdoors. The website also has information about Leeds City Council services, with updates on what’s running.
Healthy Ageing Research Group – has worked with Leeds City Council to produce this Keeping Well at Home resource with home-based exercises and lots of wellbeing tips for older people or anyone who is taking care of their wellbeing at home.
Yoga with Adriene – free videos on YouTube
Joe Wicks – has exercise sessions for kids, PE with Joe, as well as videos for older people and adults who want to keep fit and healthy. He’s no longer adding new exercises each day, but you can find past videos to follow.
Sport England has tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. They’ve added videos and resources to their website, including fitness activities for people of all ages and abilities or disabilities – see their website for more.
Your Back Yard – running daily exercise classes on Zoom, for people aged 55 and over. Classes are free to join for people in Leeds and their weekly schedule is on their website, running up to the end of January 2021.
Your Space has created a booklet called 5 Ways to Wellbeing for Families, with lots of activities to help us stay well, including being curious and learning more, moving your body, being mindful, kindness and supporting each other. It’s aimed at families and children, but it’s good for adults too!
We are Undefeatable is for people managing a long term condition and offers inspiration and ideas to help people get active by finding what works for them.
Arthritis Action has some exercise videos and downloads on their website for people who have arthritis and find moving difficult.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has lots of links on their website for people with pain and stiffness in various joints and areas of the body. You can find videos, booklets and information on how to manage pain at home.
Oti Mabuse – you can find a range of dance exercise videos to follow on her You Tube channel.
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Easy Read leaflet Be More Active for people with a learning disability, on Through the Maze’s website.
Yorkshire Sport Foundation – has information about what’s available in different parts of Yorkshire, including online sessions and staying active at home.
Live yoga and dance events – check out Leeds List for details.
People in Action is a Leeds charity that works with people with learning disabilities and autism. They’re currently running daily exercise classes via Zoom which they promote on their Facebook page and Twitter account. The sessions are inclusive and wheelchair friendly. You’ll need to contact them for a Zoom password. Call 0113 244 3729, or contact them via Facebook or Twitter.
Support for people in Leeds
One You Leeds is a free local health service designed to support Leeds residents to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle. One You Leeds are delivering a limited service at this time but continue to provide support for stopping smoking, weight management, healthy eating support, physical activity and health coaching. Clinics are delivered either virtually or by telephone where clients do not have internet access. People can self-refer to the service either via the website or by calling 0800 169 4219.