Exercise for free

You don’t need to spend money to exercise or workout. Walking, running and cycling are all excellent forms of exercise – just be sure to maintain social distancing within the current applicable rules

There are some great resources available online and on smart phones too.

Yoga with Adriene – always free. This YouTube channel has over 500 videos

Fitness Blender – always free (but has optional premium membership). The Fitness Blender website provides free workout videos and exercise programmes you can follow at home . There’s a range of videos of different lengths, including a 40-minute upper-body strength workout, a 15-minute cardio workout and an 8-minute breathing ‘workout’ to help with stress.

The Body Coach – 250+ free Joe Wicks videos. Joe Wicks, or ‘The Body Coach’, who offers subscription plans to help people get fit and lose weight through healthy recipes and exercise – but he also offers over 250 free home workouts on his YouTube channel, including chair workouts for people with limited mobility. In addition, he streamed free PE sessions for kids (which you can still watch) while schools were closed.

Sydney Cummings. 10-60 minute workouts from US-based personal trainer Sydney, which are based on everything from yoga to high-intensity interval training (HIIT). There are 500+ free workouts on her YouTube channel, including equipment-free workouts for those who don’t have exercise equipment at home.

MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal allows you to record not just cardiovascular exercise like running and cycling, but also strength exercise (eg, weight training) and workout routines (eg, core training, kettlebells). You can also use it to record your calorie intake – including by scanning the barcodes of food you eat – how much water your drink and your weight

Zombies, Run! This running app is actually more of a game. It pitches you as one of the few survivors of a zombie epidemic, who is a runner en route to one of humanity’s last remaining outposts, and whose help is needed to gather supplies, rescue survivors and defend homes.

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