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Being Active at Home

Regular physical activity is a great way to improve your physical and mental health. Being active at home is a great way to get activity into your busy schedule. Having an active lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing several health conditions – no matter how much you do, physical activity is good for the body and mind:

  • Improves mental wellbeing
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves gastrointestinal function
  • Increases bone density
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Develops muscular strength

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There are some great tools around to help you get and stay active at home. We’ve pulled together a selection of free videos below to help you with your fitness journey:

Wexer at Home

Sign up as an LED Member and download the LED App to get access to 1,500+ virtual classes at home. Working in partnership with Wexer who provide world-class fitness classes to anyone, anywhere – from Animal Flow to Zumba.

Wexer at Home
Sport England - Join the Movement

We understand that if you’re new to getting active it can feel a bit scary, so we’ve linked up with Sport England to give you some top tips to help you get started and feel the physical and mental benefits that even small increases in physical activity can bring.

However you choose to move, it’s all good for your health and wellbeing.

Making small changes to your routine by including small bursts of activity across your day all add up and help you move more. So whether it’s a 10 minute seated or yoga workout in the morning, a cycle or walk with your household at lunch, playing with your children in the garden, if you have one, or even moving when talking on the phone – every little helps.

Join the Movement
NHS Fitness Studio

The NHS Fitness Studio has 23 instructor-led videos covering:

  • aerobic exercises
  • strength and resistance
  • pilates and yoga

These workouts have been created by fitness experts and range from 10 to 45 minutes.

There are exercises to tone your abs, raise your heart rate, and tone your upper arms. You will also find workouts suitable for new mums such as postnatal yoga, or for health problems such as pilates for back pain.

Plus, there’s the Wake Up Workout, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and Belly Dancing for Beginners to get you moving.

NHS Fitness Studio

Top tips for being active:

Break up your sedentary time

Physical inactivity is now among the 10 leading causes of premature death and disability worldwide. A great first step to becoming more active is to break up prolonged periods of sitting or lying down. To do this, set yourself a goal of standing up every half an hour and do one minute of movement. For example, march on the spot or walk up and down the stairs a couple of times.

Remember all movement matters!

Even small simple changes such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, getting off the bus one stop earlier, and engaging in more household chores is a great way to help you achieve the physical activity guidelines, particularly if lack of time is one of your barriers.

Break your exercise up into manageable chunks

150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise is roughly only 30 minutes on 5 days a week! If you struggle to find a 30-minute gap in your busy day, break it down into smaller chunks. This could be 3 lots of 10 minutes. Research has now shown that even one-minute bouts of physical activity can be beneficial.

Find an activity you enjoy

The key to sticking to an exercise regime is to find an activity you enjoy!

Be realistic

Be aware of your own limitations! Recognise that age and inactivity can take a toll on your fitness. If you decide to take part in activity that is too intense or conflicts with another health condition this could increase your risk of injury or illness. Be realistic with your expectations and focus on what you can do. Remember do not be concerned with benchmarking yourself against others.

Track your progress

If you can see/feel the benefits of physical activity, you are so much more likely to maintain it! You can track your progress by measuring, for example using technology like a fit bit, smartwatch, or mobile app. However, if technology is not for you, you could simply create a physical activity diary or time yourself to walk around the block and see if you can beat it by a few minutes each time!

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