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Online fitness activities

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

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

Activities for teenagers

Over 50s

  • Forever Active offers weekly online classes including strength and balance, yoga, tai chi, zumba, pilates and exercise to music.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Mental health

  • Mind provides lots of tips to help support your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, including a useful checklist.