We know together we are currently experiencing some of the most challenging life circumstances. But we want to help you during these hard times to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, from home...
Current government guidance urges us to stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. If you have any concerns regarding these guidelines, or would like more information, please visit the government website for more details. This inevitability means we are all spending a lot more time at home and now more than ever it is important we stay active for health! So to help we have complied some of the most useful tips, hints and links that we can find to help you stay active at home. There is so much to try so we challenge you to, have a read, have a go and let us know what you think.
If you require any additional support, including food shopping, telephone support, picking up medicine, dog walking, social isolation, or other, please visit our support for communities and residents page.
Keep in touch
Don't forget the team are here for you and trying to support our residents through a number of channels. So please visit and follow our pages on Facebook and Twitter for further daily tips, ideas and updates. Why not drop us a message or tag us?
And if you would like any more advice, guidance, support or resources, either over the phone, by post or email from the Health and Wellbeing team, please contact us on: 01530 454755 or ext 735 (phones are open) or by emailing Emily Rodbourne on firstname.lastname@example.org or Georgia James on email@example.com
NWL Keeping active
It’s great that so many people are staying active at home during these challenging times. It is so important, now more than ever, to stay fit and healthy so we want to share with you some of the video clips and comments that our residents have shared with us of them keeping active at home.
Here is a great clip of one of our older residents, Victoria, taking part in our staying mobile classes. Watch now here.
One of our regular easy movers participants said: "Did my exercise with you today (Danny's staying mobile workouts). Thought you did very well. It was like being back at our classes".
Freda, who normally attends our weekly steady steps classes said about our videos; “I’m really enjoying doing the exercise videos. It stops me from stiffening up while I’m stuck in doors".
One regular steady steps participant said: "Thank you Danny, this (staying mobile workout) has been a great help".
If you would like to let us know what you have been up to email firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook.
Staying physically active at home
The Health and Wellbeing team are creating new workout videos for you to try every week! Take a look at our schedule now to see exactly what videos we are creating for you and when they will be available - Weekly Healthy At Home video schedule (PDF Document, 0.65 Mb)
Before you start...
We want to make sure that you exercise and have fun at safely at home. So before undertaking any exercise in your house please make sure that you;
- feel physically able to do so (consider any injuries, disabilities and long term health conditions)
- build up the intensity gradually at your own speed - only do what is right for you
- take part in a warm up before a workout and cool-down after to help reduce your chances of injury or muscle soreness
- if at any point during exercise you feel sick, light headed, short of breath, or chest pain please stop immediately
- make sure you have enough space to exercise (don't break the television)
Our partners, Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport have pulled together some great guidance suitable for all ages to help you to stay #HealthyAtHome and you can find all the content by visiting their webpage Healthy At Home now. On this page you can find lots of fun workouts for Children and Families including Disney dance workouts, as well as loads of video workouts for adults, and some super tips for older adults including the ‘we are undefeatable campaign’.
Also check out the Sport England - Join the movement campaign! On here there is loads of on demand content and apps for all ages and abilities, supporting everyone to keep active at home. Why not get involved too and if you find a workout you like online, share it on social media using #StayInWorkOut.
Why not also get involved with the Active Foxes Challenge? Log your activity to help achieve 515 hours as part of BBC Radio Leicester's Active foxes challenge. It took Leicester City players 515 hours of football to win the league in 2015/16 so let's try and reach the same target in hours being active.
Mind have also pulled together their page, 'Get acive, feel good', which gives more ideas and some of their new activity resources.
There is also the Activity Alliance's being active at home page which provides a fantastic range of resources, workouts and advice from a range of organisations to help keep disabled people active at home.
The Health and Wellbeing team have also been working hard to create some new videos to support our local residents to stay active. Each week we will be releasing new video workouts for all age ranges and abilities through our Facebook page and YouTube channel. So take a look at what we have released below;
For children and families
We want to let you know about the upcoming School Games Virtual Summer Championships - June 22nd-June 26th 2020!
Across the county school sports days have been cancelled, after-school sports clubs put on hold and a summer of professional sport has been postponed. But Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport won’t let this be a summer of forgotten sport for young people. Therefore they are hosting their first School Games Virtual Summer Championships and they want you to get involved.
To find out more and get involved please visit the LRS webpage now.
On demand activity videos
Our fabulous instructors have created videos including PE ideas at home, yoga and parents and kids fitness sessions. Take a look and try them out now.
PE with Debbie and Penny
To help the kids reach their daily physical activity targets. Fun and energetic, give it a go together through Facebook.
In the garden - March 25th (6 minutes)
Animals - March 30th (8 minutes)
Challenges - April 20th (30 minutes)
Dance together - April 27th (26 minutes)
Olympics - May 4th (26 minutes)
VE session - May 11th (28 minutes)
Work it - May 18th (28 minutes)
Professor Penny's session - May 25th (28 minutes)
Teddy bear workout - June 1st (25 minutes)
Scooter related injury workout - June 8th (25 minutes)
Partner workout - June 15th (25 minutes)
Legs, arms and abs - June 22nd (25 minutes)
Kickboxing - June 29th (27 minutes)
12 moves - July 6th (30 minutes)
Let's do it together - July 13th (25 minutes)
A high energy and seriously fun short dance session. See what you think.
Dance with Debbie - part 1 (12 minutes)
Dance with Debbie - part 2 (12 minutes)
Live yoga with Tracey
Streamed lived on Facebook each week. Tune in to take part live...
Workplace yoga - session 1 April 23rd (35 minutes)
hips - April 30th (30 minutes)
flowing - May 7th (35 minutes)
family yoga 1 - May 12th (30 minutes)
lower body session - May 14th (35 minutes)
strong body, strong mind - May 19th (30 minutes)
twist and move - May 21st (35 minutes)
family yoga 2 - May 26th (20 minutes)
flow 2 - May 28th (40 minutes)
parent and baby yoga - June 2nd (30 minutes)
standing yoga flow - June 4th (30 minutes)
family yoga 3 balance - June 9th (30 minutes)
hip mobility - June 11th (35 minutes)
parent and baby yoga 2 - June 16th (30 minutes)
holding posture with focus - June 18th (35 minutes)
family yoga 4 - June 23rd (25 minutes)
healthy hips - June 25th (35 minutes)
parent and baby yoga 3 - June 30th (30 minutes)
Lower release and stretching - July 2nd (35 minutes)
Family yoga 4 - July 7th (25 minutes)
Lunchtime standing yoga - July 9th (35 minutes)
Parent and baby yoga 4 - July 14th (30 minutes)
A range of gentle exercises and stretches, suitable for the whole family. Pre-recorded for you available on our YouTube channel.
Session 1 (15 minutes)
Session 2 (20 minutes)
Parent & baby yoga
For you and your young one. Pre-recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
Session 1 (15 minues)
Session 2 (16 minutes)
For adults our instructors have created some short burst workouts including daily boosts and keeping mobile workouts both to help reduce the amount of time you spend sedentary. Took a look now.
This will give you a break from your work at home. Get up out of your chair and join in! Pre-recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
get up from the desk 1 - April 9th (2 minutes)
get up from the desk 2 - April 17th (2 minutes)
work it - April 21st (2 minutes)
stretch - April 21st (2 minutes)
seated core & stretch - April 28th (6 minutes)
water bottle resistance - April 29th (2 minutes)
wheelchair workout - May 5th (6 minutes)
squat for it - May 12th (2 minutes)
fast feet vibes - May 15th (2 minutes)
core workout - May 19th (3 minutes)
full of beans - May 22nd (4 minutes)
lower body workout - May 26th (2 minutes)
mini band pump - June 2nd (4 minutes)
core conditioning - June 5th (4 minutes)
Sciatica stretch - June 9th (5 minutes)
Upper body - June 30th (2 minutes)
Squat o'clock - July 1st (2 minutes)
A short video just loosening off your muscles after a hard days work. Pre-recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
Keeping mobile - workout 1 (6 minutes)
Stretch and relax
A short workout including gentle stretching. Pre-recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
Stretch and relax 1 (3 minutes)
For older adults
There are videos for falls prevention, including staying strong and staying strong plus, as well as some chair basked workouts called staying mobile. These vidoes are aimed at people aged over 65.
Each video is made available in shorter 5-15 minute clips working on a particular component of fitness. Complete all of the sections for a full 40-60 minute workout, or just complete individual sections when it suits you. Check them out below and give them a go.
Staying strong live with Danny
On Friday 12th June at 11am our instructor, Danny, delivered his first ever live staying strong class through our Facebook channel! We hope that you enjoyed taking part live, but if you missed it you can follow the links below to try it on demand.
Join Danny every Friday at 11am for the next staying strong workout.
Staying strong live 1 - June 12th (30 minutes)
Staying strong live 2 - June 19th (40 minutes)
Staying strong live 3 - June 26th (40 minutes)
Staying strong live 4 - July 3rd (40 minutes)
Staying strong live 5 - July 10th (45 minutes)
A workout suitable for beginners. Pre-recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
Workout 1 - full workout playlist (35 minutes)
Workout 2 - full workout playlist (35 minutes)
Workout 3 - full workout playlist (45 minutes)
Workout 4 - full workout playlist (50 minutes)
Workout 5 - full workout playlist (45 minutes)
Workout 6 - full workout video (40 minutes)
Workout 7 - full workout playlist (40 minutes)
Workout 8 - full workout playlist (40 minutes)
Staying strong +
A more advanced workout for you. Pre-recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
Workout 1 - full workout playlist (30 minutes)
Workout 2 - full workout playlist (35 minutes)
Workout 3 - full workout playlist (30 minutes)
Workout 4 - full workout playlist (40 minutes)
Workout 5 - full workout playlist (40 minutes)
Workout 6 - full workout playlist (30 minutes)
A chair based mobility and stretching workout. Pre-recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
Workout 1- full workout playlist (15 minutes)
Workout 2 - full workout playlist (30 minutes)
Workout 3 - full workout playlist (45 minutes)
Workout 4: cushion workout - full workout playlist (40 minutes)
Workout 5: tin can workout - full workout playlist (40 minutes)
Workout 6 - full workout playlist (45 minutes)
Workout 7: standing workout - full workout playlist (40 minutes)
Workout 8: pyjama workout - full workout playlist (35 minutes)
Workout 9: standing mobility - full workout playlist (40 minutes)
Workout 10: resistance bands revisited - full workout video (45 minutes)
Workout 11: go with the flow - full workout video (40 minutes)
More ideas and information for older people
Public Health England and Move More Sheffield have developed an active at home booklet to help older people and those shielded during coronavirus to be active and healthy at home: PHE - Active at Home (older people/shielded) (PDF Document, 3.49 Mb)
Later life training have also created a public Facebook group called Make movement your mission. Anybody can join the group and get access to daily live workouts at 8am, 12pm and 4pm, for muscles mind and wellbeing. So click above to join now.
You can also find these Later Life workouts after here on YouTube.
They have also created a 'keeping active calendar' to help you make keeping physically active part of everyday life.
Produced by the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) falls prevention group and uploaded by Leicestershire County Council, here is a 10 minute video on YouTube about preventing falls - exercises to reduce your falls risk
Also here are some simple workout booklets that you can try. You can see and download them here;
Later Life Training - chair based exercise (PDF Document, 1.12 Mb)
Otago - strength and balance, home exercise programme beginners (PDF Document, 0.54 Mb)
Better Care Together - preventing falls (PDF Document, 0.64 Mb) (Better care together - Preventing falls (Easy read version) (PDF Document, 2.63 Mb)
Keeping your body healthy at home
During these challenging times it is really important that you look after your health, not just by keeping active, but also by taking care of what you eat, drink and how you care for your body.
Also, if you’re concerned about the impact smoking could be having on your health during COVID-19, take action by checking out QuitforCovid now from Quit Ready, or for help quitting in Leicestershire visit the Quit Ready webiste, or call Quit Ready on 0345 646 66 66.
To find out more information on healthy eating, maintaining a healthy immune system and advice on stopping smoking, visit our healthy lifestyle page.
Supporting your wellbeing at home
Being physically active is linked to improved mental health, including better sleep and happier moods plus more. If you would like to know more about physical activity and your mental health visit mind's page and take a look at their 5 ways to get moving more and feel better video.
It is very important to take care of your overall wellbeing whilst at home, so you can find more tips to help on our mental wellbeing page and our healthy lifestyle page. Here you will find guidance on supporting healthy eating and positive mental health.
Last updated: Tue 14 July, 2020 @ 11:20