Ready, set, MOVE!

The sun is shining and you’ve got all this free time! Let’s be productive and get moving. Who says you need a gym to exercise. Here are some fun activities to try. So, put on your gym gear, keep smiling and stay active during the next few weeks.

1)    Get pedalling

Why not go for a morning or evening bike ride! It’s good for your mental health to get some fresh air and a change of scenery will brighten up your day. If you go for a bike ride with others, make sure you do this sensibly and follow the rules, keeping a 2m distance at all times.

2)    Ready, steady RUN

Running is a great way to clear your head and an even better way to get your heart pumping. Maybe it’s a jog around your garden or down your road. You don’t have to run a marathon. Try it for a week and see if you can increase your jog or run each time! There are so many free apps you can download to help build up your runs.

Here are a few great ones

•    Couch to 5K (available on android and iPhone)

•    10K Runner, Couch to 10K Run (available on android and iPhone)

•    Map My Run (available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch)

•    Nike Run Club (available on android and iPhone)

3)    One step, two steps

A great way to get some exercise is to simply go for a walk. Walking is amazing for your overall health and fitness and just 30 minutes a day will help to clear your head. Whether it’s to help wake you up in the morning or after a hard day studying, put your trainers on and take a stroll.

4)    Online tutorials

Instagram is going crazy right now, taking up my feed with home workouts and tutorials on ways to keep fit. So why not take advantage of the free online fitness advice and do a 10-minute workout each day. Follow celebrities, fitness gurus or even friends as they post fun workouts for different parts of the body. Some celebrities are even posting live workouts so it’s just like having a personal trainer at the gym but in the comfort of your own home. What more could you want?

YouTube is also a great platform for workout content, so check out some online videos and follow along. The App Store has some fantastic free apps to help you exercise too!

Here are a few favourites:

•    7 Minute Workout (available on android and iPhone)

•    30 Day Squat (available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch)

•    30 Day Fitness Challenge- Workout at Home (available on android and iPhone)

•    Ab & Core Workouts (available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch)

5) Circuits

A really fun way to get your heart pumping is circuits. Either outside in your garden or a room inside your house, set up different exercises to work through for 30-60 seconds. This could be jumping jacks, squats, high knees, skipping, there are so many activities you could set up. Try doing a few different ones each day. Circuit training is fast-paced and a great way to push yourself! Why not get your whole household involved and work out together but remember to keep that 2m distance. You can include weights and other equipment if you have it.  Set up your circuits today, take a photo and tweet us @hahReading. We want to see your creations!

6)    Hobbies

Just because you can’t go to your dance class or football training, doesn’t mean you have to stop. Take your football down to your local rec or in your garden and have a kick around. Put on some music and choreograph a dance. Any sport that you used to do and unfortunately can’t at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t still do it now.

I hope you found this useful and it gave you some fitness inspiration! It’s important to be active anyway but especially during the next few months, it’s important to get your body and mind moving! If you have already discovered some amazing free apps or great YouTube fitness channels then please share your favourites. Comment below or tweet us @hahReading.

Stay positive and keep smiling! We’re all in this together.

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