Families trying to get in some outdoor exercise under strict lock down conditions

People have been taking to different forms of exercise because gyms are closed due to Covid-19.

For those who go regularly, it is part of their routine and they rely on it as a form of therapy and relaxation.

Now that the UK is in lockdown, these gyms have shut their doors for the unforeseeable future. With the emphasis on keeping active to improve mental health, how can the UK stay active?

“I’m not the kind of person to stay in the house”
Catherine Mckenzie, Mum in Lockdown

There is a abundance of online classes that can be live or viewed later, one that has been getting a lot of attention is the new morning PE lessons run by fitness coach Joe Wicks.

Many have been posting videos of their family workouts. Below is Louise and her children getting active.

For regular gym goers and exercisers, it takes a bit of creative thinking.

Active mum of two Catherine McKenzie has been trying out different workouts from home. She has been involving her family as well.

She has never had a gym membership and has always worked out from home but has to adapt it so she spends more time within the home.

She can no longer walk to work. She has found so many workouts online to help, one of which is Joe Wicks’ 9am PE lessons that she does with her 15- and 18-year-old.

She aspires to start going on bike rides as a form of exercise saying “there’s only so much you can do in a house and a garden… I’m not the kind of person to stay in the house”

“it’s about being together and motivating each other”
Gail Abbey, business Owner and Personal trainer

Gail Abbey is the owner of So Spa fitness and started running online classes in 2007 when her clients wanted to be able to access her classes on holiday.

You can take part on their online classes from £12 a month

Since lockdown she has created a full online timetable, with classes varying from boot camp to yoga and even classes for senior citizens to take part in.

“It’s about being together and motivating each other.” She finds clients are more engaged if they are working out in groups online, rather than trying to start a fitness journey alone. Most importantly “it’s all about having fun. I want everyone to have a good time.”