Following government advice, all leisure centres will be closed until further notice. This includes all council leisure centres. However, in-line with current Government advice, our parks and open spaces will continue to remain open.
As staying active is vital to everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing, therefore we have partnered with Sport England on their #StayInWorkOut campaign. They have produced a hub of activities to stay active at home and there are some great ideas to help everyone stay active on our activity finder too. Here are some of the activities listed on the hub:
Ways to stay active at home
Want to dance along to Disney? Or are you over 65 and need something more relatable that you can do from your chair? Here are some of the best free video content and other types of activities compiled by Sport England to keep you moving at or close to home.
- POPSUGAR Fitness – Over 500 ad-free workouts from celebrity trainers and fitness experts, including POPSUGAR’s exclusive multi-week challenges. The app ‘Active by POPSUGAR’ is also free to use at this time.
- Our Parks – Our Parks is known for delivering fitness sessions in parks across London and the UK. On their YouTube channel you can find at-home workouts, delivered by qualified instructors, to do at any time of the day.
- Sweaty Betty – Workout from home with Sweaty Betty’s online fitness classes. With workouts ranging from yoga to HIIT, you’ll be able to find a class to suit your timeframe and fitness level.
- NHS home workouts – You can also follow these home workout videos from the NHS, which includes a strengthening workout and a 10-minute cardio workout.
- Fitness Blender – Fitness Blender believes fitness should be accessible to everyone, everywhere. With hundreds of professionally led workouts, as well as a positive community, you’ll have everything you need to reach your personal fitness goals.
Activities for children
- Disney dance-along– Partnering with Disney, This Girl Can has captured some of the ways mums and kids get moving to the songs they love. Learn their moves or put your own spin on their routines.
- The Body Coach – Joe Wicks, aka the Body Coach, has lots of free workouts for kids that are fun and can be done at home with no equipment. Joe’s also doing live YouTube workouts for kids at 9am Monday to Friday.
- Change4Life – Change4Life has created some Disney-themed indoor games and activities, including a Toy Story 4-inspired Find Forky game, that are bundles of fun and will get the kids moving.
- Accessible activities – There are also lots of ways to keep children and young people who are disabled active indoors, including a seated version of a classic obstacle race. Try out these games from Change4Life.
- 10 Today – A set of fun, 10-minute workouts intended to easily fit into your day that help get you stretching and moving at home. You can find audio or video workouts on the 10 Today website.
- Move it or Lose it – Founded by exercise instructor Julie Robinson, Move it or Lose it has created a series of fitness videos for older people.
- NHS sitting exercises – Sitting exercises are great for all ages, but particularly if you’re over 65. Click on the button below to also find strength, balance and flexibility exercises.
- Strengthen and Stretch – Endorsed by FLexercise, Strengthen and Stretch offers fun and friendly, weekly online exercise sessions for older adults that work the whole body.
If you have a disability or long-term health condition
- When you’re managing a health condition, being active is about finding what works for you, particularly when the way you feel can change from day to day. So as well as giving any of the activities on this page a go, Sport England have brought together some more specific content below from expert partners to help.
- Parasport – Parasport are producing home workout routines especially designed for disabled people. New content will be added to the website all the time, so keep an eye on the latest updates.
- MS Society – Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can make it hard to exercise. So the MS Society has worked with personal trainer Dom to create a range of exercises for people with MS. These workouts are designed for different levels of mobility.
- NHS Pilates workout – The NHS has produced a Pilates-inspired 30-minute workout suitable for people with several conditions including multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain and fibromyalgia.
Ways to get active outdoors
In any given day, you can still go outside for one form of physical activity, such as a walk, a run or a cycle, if you’re well enough and as long as you’re on your own, or with members of your household. Please always follow the latest official advice on social distancing – which means staying more than two metres from others outside of your household – and follow the advice on hand hygiene. It’s important that you stick stringently to the guidance.
If you’re going outside to get fresh air and to get active, you should do so alone or with people you live with, locally, staying close to your home and avoiding places where it may be hard to follow the guidelines.
- Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active, if you have some space and can follow the government guidelines on social distancing.
- Couch to 5k is a nine-week programme of podcasts that does exactly what it says on the tin – taking you from the couch to running 5kms.
- The Active 10 app, from the NHS, is a great way to help you monitor and gradually increase your brisk walking levels over time. If you’re feeling anxious in these uncertain times you could also consider some of the walking meditations from Headspace.
Everyone Active’s Online Package
- Just because our centres are closed, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to be active to support both our physical and mental health. ActiveWestminster’s operator Everyone Active are offering you access to their online solution for just £9.99 a month. This consists of three great at-home workout solutions including Les Mills on Demand, worth £45 per month.
- To register and for more information click here.
A guide for local activity providers
- ActiveWestminster’s partners imin worked with the team to produce a simple guide to help local activity providers stream sessions/classes.
- The guide is available here.