A ‘shut down’ - such as the one we’re experiencing now - can have a big impact on your mental health. When you're not lead by your daily routine, getting lots of fresh air, and regularly seeing your friends and family; it's easy to feel isolated and alone. Those feelings can in turn lead to lowered moods, depression, and anxiety, which means it is more important now than ever before to put self-care and your mental wellbeing as a priority.
A great, proven way to boost your mood and relieve stress is exercise1. Getting your body moving and shaking can make a big difference to how you feel about your day! This is especially important if you have children at home – regular exercise can help improve concentration, focus, and problem solving abilities for children2. And with gyms, fitness classes, and many parks closed, more and more people are turning to the Internet for guidance.
If you're not sure where to start, here are a few great, free resources you can follow along with at home, to keep your brain and body strong:
- PE lessons with Joe Wicks - https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html
- Get fit with Spiderman - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClwyMabegnyt5vyVLz0zARA
- A wide variety of cardio classes from Les Mills - https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/free-content
- Themed dance workouts with NYC’s 305 Fitness - https://305fitness.com/videos/cardio
- Daily yoga and barre Instagram Live classes with FLY LDN - https://www.instagram.com/fly_ldn/
- Follow-along yoga with AloYoga - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJEi1foUiGObzzQM3QA2H5A
Strength & conditioning
- Daily workouts with CFB Programming - https://www.instagram.com/cfbprogramming/
- Daily free workouts on the Gymshark Conditioning app - https://www.instagram.com/gymsharktrain/