We’ve collated resources and advice to help you to stay active and well at home.
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General fitness activities
- Sport England’s Join the Movement gives tips, advice and guidance on how to keep active in and around your home.
- The NHS provides a series of 10-minute workouts that are great to do at home and short enough to easily fit into your daily schedule.
All of the activities listed below are free to access and take part in at your own pace. You will need to make sure that you have a suitable space at home for you to participate in these sessions.
Online ‘return to fitness’ programme
If you’d like to get more active and try a variety of exercise classes, sign up for our ‘return to fitness’ programme. It’s suitable for adults (ages 18 and over) who want to get more active.
We can’t currently run sessions at sports centres, so we’re running it online – you can take part when and where it suits you. You can start the online course at any time.
When you register, you’ll receive access to 8 different video workouts and healthy lifestyle tips that you can work through at your own pace. All the sessions have been recorded by Cambridge-based fitness instructors.
Walk Before You Run
Our free 4-week online course is designed to support you to improve your walking fitness before starting a beginners’ running programme.
- 3 weekly walking sessions and a 15-minute strength workout each week
- Complete the sessions at a time, place and pace to suit you
- Find out more about the Walk Before You Run programme
Healthy You virtual fitness festival
We’re currently planning a month-long virtual fitness festival for January 2022.
The first festival took place in January 2021. It showcased a range of different fitness and wellbeing activities delivered by local instructors and organisations. You can still watch the Healthy You videos on YouTube – if you missed the festival or want to repeat a session, you can!
Online strength training session
From the age of about 30, adults start to lose muscle mass. The current national guidance is that we should be strength training at least twice a week, to limit this decline.
Using resistance bands is a cheap, effective and accessible way of increasing muscle tone and strength. Rob, our Exercise Referral Instructor, has put together a video to demonstrate how you can safely use a resistance band in your own home or in your local park, as part of you strength training routine.
Resistance bands are available to buy from many online retailers, including the local charity Forever Active.
Online relax and unwind programme
Take part in six sessions of yoga, meditation, self-massage and breathwork activities. You can follow the sessions at your own pace and in your own time.
Workout @ Home
This programme has been designed to keep you active in the darker months. There are workouts ranging from 10 to 30 minutes long to suit you and the time you have to dedicate to working out. Choose between bodyweight high-intensity training or core classes and ‘workout @ home’.
Online wellbeing yoga
This four-session programme has been designed to be flexible, allowing you to complete the sessions in order or in isolation. No previous yoga experience is required.
Activities for kids and teenagers
- Cambridge United Community Trust’s Learn at Home Resources introduce you to match reports, fractions in sport, and more.
- Stay Active with Premier Education will support your children’s health and wellbeing at home with free and easy resources. The Premier Education YouTube channel has PE lessons including gymnastics, street dance, yoga and more.
- Youth Sport Trust provides free physical education and sport teaching resources for teachers and parents.
- funetics helps your children to be healthy, active, confident and happy.
Activities for teenagers
- Our yoga for teenagers course is six weekly 30-minute sessions designed specifically for teenagers.
- Six weekly teen dance fitness videos with local dance instructor Victoria – follow along on our Get Moving Cambridge YouTube channel.
- The POPSUGAR Fitness YouTube channel provides workouts with celebrity trainers and fitness experts, covering boxercise, dance, pilates and high-intensity training.
- Forever Active offers weekly online classes including strength and balance, yoga, tai chi, zumba, pilates and exercise to music.
- Tune in to 10Today for 10-minute audio and video workouts to get you stretching and moving at home.
- Move it or Lose it is a YouTube channel dedicated to keeping people active in later life.
Disability and long-term conditions
- Watch our Let’s Get Moving Cambridge channel on YouTube, which includes tips and guides on how to exercise at home. The videos are ideal for people with health conditions or long-term illness, and for older people.
- Cambridge United Community Trust provide weekly face-to-face and online sessions for people with disabilities.
- Able2b@home offer weekly online sessions that are adapted for all abilities. Sessions include boxercise, conditioning and relaxation classes lasting around 30 minutes each.
- Sport England’s Join the Movement has a directory of online exercise platforms, including for people with long-term health conditions.
- Sense Arts, Sports and Wellbeing (registration required) is a collection of accessible programmes that give everyone the time and space to take part.
- We Are Undefeatable is led by 15 health and social care charities to support and inspire you to get active. Their YouTube channel has many videos that you can follow from home.
- Mind provides lots of tips to help support your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, including a useful checklist.