The 5 best workouts to do in your garden during coronavirus lockdown – The Sun

FROM Joe Wicks' PE lessons to that one run a day in the sunshine – exercise is one of the things lifting many people out of lockdown gloom.

Not only can it give your life a sense of normality and rhythm, but it can also help you switch off from the constant scroll of coronavirus news updates.

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And with the sun set to be shining and temperatures rising this weekend, it's the perfect excuse to get outside and get a sweat on.

The Prime Minister's lockdown measures may mean you can only venture into your garden, but there are still plenty of ways you can get fit beyond four walls while observing social distancing.

Staying active can really help in a time of stress, but just make sure at all times public health and safety is your number one priority.

Here are the top five workouts you can do in your garden while the gyms are shut…

1. Yoga

With all the stress and anxiety surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, doing some yoga in your garden this weekend is one way you can ease your mind and unwind.

Top London yoga instructor Jess Jacobs, from Moreyoga, said: "What makes yoga the perfect exercise to deal with the current situation is its blend of movement, breath work and meditation.

"This trio combined will tone and stretch the body which is much needed for all of us working from home.

"It will also reduce stress, calm the mind and boost the immune system.

"It's a movement medicine to keep both mind and body healthy which is so important at this time."

Moreyoga offer online classes for low prices – or you can find plenty of yoga videos on YouTube.

2. Running

OK so not everyone will be able to do this in their garden but running is one of the easiest ways to get a cardio boost in during lockdown.

And if you're heading out the house for your run you'll have to make sure you're running solo and staying at least two metres from other people.

In particular, London Marathon coach Martin Yelling urges people to be mindful of others if you're out doing your one run a day during the pandemic.

You never know what the person 2m+ from you is going through

He said: "If you’re out for a run (walk, hop, push, ride or roll) please notice others around and be prepared to stop, wait patiently, move graciously, smile, show love for each other, respect for the situation.

"You never know what the person 2m+ from you is going through."

3. Insta workouts

You only have to spend five minutes on Instagram to discover there's no shortage of online fitness classes anyone can get involved with.

In particular, London fitness studio Psycle are bringing live Instagram workouts every single day – including abs and arms sessions, barre classes and revival yoga.


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Anyone of any level of fitness can do the 30-45 minute sessions and usually all you need is yourself, and a couple of tin cans of baked beans or soup etc to use for weights if you don't own dumbbells.

Other fitness studios streaming motivating Instagram workouts include Barry's Bootcamp, 1Rebel and FLY LDN.

4. Try TikTok dances

The coronavirus lockdown seems to have triggered a global obsession with TikTok dances.

In particular, countless families have been spending hours learning viral dances together – ranging from the Renegade to the Stair Shuffle.

Well, good news if you've been one of those social media fanatics trying out these dances – as it turns out they can be a great way to get fit.

A recent study revealed that dancing video games, including learning dances on TikTok, can burn a whopping 240 calories for men and 209 for women per 30-minute session.

5. Games with the kids

One of the best ways to get a sweat on this weekend will be getting outside and gaming with the kids in the sunshine.

Use their need to burn off energy as an excuse for you to do so, too – and add a little competition to the mix as an incentive, such as competing to see who can do the most jumping jacks or press-ups, or racing between garden posts.

Upping the fun factor is key, says Paul Smith, lead trainer at UK Outdoor Fitness.

He told The Telegraph: "Let each other become a personal trainer for the day and copy one another or put some music on and have a dance-off with your family."

If you're part of a family with a trampoline, trampolining is also a great way to raise your heart-rate.

Trampolining is a great way to work on your cardiovascular endurance, says Joan Murphy, co-founder of Frame, a studio available via the Classpass app, "and unlike running it's easy on the joints so prevents wear and tear".

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