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Things to do at home

Stay active

10-minute work out

Take part in these speedy equipment-free workouts at home. These exercises will improve your general health and help tone and strengthen different muscle groups.

Gym-free work outs 

These home workouts are for people of all fitness levels and include yoga, cardio and even sofa workouts.

Find more online exercise platforms with on demand fitness content on the Sport England website

Over 65’s 

The NHS advises that older adults should do some type of physical activity every day. Search www.nhs.uk for activities for over 65’s, that aim to improve strength and balance and include sitting, flexibility and balancing exercises.  

The Body Coach  

Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, has produced a number of short, fun workout videos. He’s also launching a live workout specifically designed for children called PE with Joe, which starts at 9am on 23 March. Get involved by searching The Body Coach TV on YouTube. There are also videos that parents and older adults can access.  

Children and young people 

Disney dance-alongs  

A fun way to sing and dance along to Disney classics at home. Check out the Disney dance-along videos from This Girl Can.

Change4Life has created some Disney-themed indoor games and activities to help kids stay active.

Accessible activities

There are lots of resources for children and young people with disabilities that can help keep them active. These activities can also easily be adapted for every child.

BBC Super Movers

Enjoy a whole world of free online videos and fun curriculum-linked resources to get children moving while they learn.

Get creative

South East London Wool and Textile Creative Hub is curating free creative and craft projects using cheap and easily sourced materials and recycling that you can do at home. They'll be sharing vlogs, blogs and podcasts as well as hosting live video tutorials and activities for everyone to take part in. Get involved on their Facebook page

Poet in the City is hosting weekly live YouTube broadcasts with leading poets, exploring their 2020 theme of 'fail better': examining failure as a catalyst for change. First one: 7pm on 31 March with Anthony Anaxagorou. Here is the link to watch the live Poet in the City broadcast on the day

It’s important to focus on the present and on the small things that bring you pleasure. Why not try:  

  • Keeping a journal to capture positive experiences. What praise and feedback did you receive? How did you express kindness? More info on the BBC website.

  • Developing or picking up a skill – a musical instrument, drawing or colouring.  

  • Mindfulness or other relaxation techniques – there are lots of free guides online.  

  • Making plans to telephone or video chat with people or groups you’d normally see in person.  

  • Watching the same show or reading the same book at the same time, so you can chat about it with friends. 

The March Network has pulled together the huge range of creative initiatives available to support our mental health and wellbeing during this social distancing period. Check out the great resources for creative isolation.