As the coronavirus bring with it restrictions on the way we live our lives, working out at home has become the new normal. Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, Active Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire All In have lots of tips and ideas for how to start on your home workout journey.

Home Workouts

Active Oxfordshire has a whole host of tips for keeping active within your own home.

Sport England has a range of ideas of different activities you can try from the comfort of your own home. From yoga, to strength and conditioning to general workouts, they have links to them all.

Community Involvement

Being involved in a community can really help to motivate you to keep active.

Free memberships to Amy’s Online Yoga Club  Amy has donated free members to her club to Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership member Oxfordshire Mind for anyone we work with who is experiencing difficulties with their mental health during lockdown. To apply email physicalactivity@oxfordshiremind.org.uk.

Boxing for Wellbeing is a live online course over Zoom starting on Friday 29th May for 4 weeks.  Each session will include a 30 minute wellbeing workshop, followed by a 30 minute boxing session. It is beginner friendly and no equipment is needed. It is run by Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership’s Oxfordshire Mind.

Finding what works for you

Finding the right activity for you may be harder than expected but there are lots of new and creative ways to get exercise within your own home.

This Girl Can has put together a series of videos of real families dancing to different Disney songs to showcase how exercise can be done in whatever way you like. The site also has a huge selection of online sessions for different sports and activities hosted from across the country.

Remember – you can use whatever you have to hand to help you with your workout. Why not try using washing detergent bottle or tin cans as weights for squats or bicep curls.