Staying active during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

Being active and taking regular exercise is recommended as one of the best ways to look after your health and wellbeing.

We've split some activities you could do into the four areas below:

Getting hearts beating faster

  • Everyday housework activities
    Yes, these do count! Did you know that activities such as vacuuming, cutting the grass and hanging the washing can all contribute to your 150 active minutes? Try to break up sedentary periods by building in some activity. Why not turn up the tunes and have a boogie around the bedroom?

  • What's Your Move
    A new campaign led by the Active in Barnsley Partnership, giving you ideas of how to get moving and enjoy better health. 
  • Joe Wicks seven days of sweat
    Seven days, seven workouts, 20 minutes a day. No equipment needed.

  • The Body Coach TV 
    Free home workouts for everyone, no matter what your fitness levels including “Wake Up with Joe” short 15-minute energy and mood boosting workouts to help stay fit, active and help your mental health.

  • Equipment-free 10 minute workouts
    These equipment-free fitness routines are great to do at home and short enough for you to easily fit them into your daily schedule. There's a cardio option, toning workout, abs and more!

  • Build strength and boost your mood - yoga workout
    Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. This 45 minute video from the NHS is suitable for all fitness levels. Why not give it a try?

  • Fitness blender
    Bring the gym into your own home with over 500 free online workouts.

  • Yoga for beginners
    Yoga with Adriene – 20 minute home yoga workout.

  • British Heart Foundation 10 minute living room workout
    You don't need fancy gym gear or a lot of space to get active – just a few minutes and a positive attitude.

  • This Girl Can
    If gyms, dance halls, running tracks or playing fields aren’t for you, or you find it hard to find the time to get active while juggling a busy home life, exercising at home could be the answer.

  • Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL) home workouts
    Free short workouts to keep you moving at home.
  • Reds in the Community
    Missing your weekly football fix?  Take a look at some of the activities you can join in with.  

  • NHS gym-free workouts
    Put the fun back into fitness with these equipment-free workouts for all levels.

  • Couch to Fitness
    Now you can get active from your own home. By sticking to this free 9-week schedule, bit by bit, you’ll feel fitter. It’s amazing what a difference it can make!

  • Couch to 5k 
    NHS Couch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5km in just 9 weeks.

With the kids

  • Stay active with the children - home-based workouts
    Change4Life and Disney have teamed up once again to bring you new Shake Up games inspired by Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, and Disney's The Lion King and Frozen. These 10-minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day!

  • Disney dance-a-longs
    Earlier this year This Girl Can also partnered with Disney to create fun dance routines that you can follow, including The Jungle Book's 'I Wanna Be Like You', Moana's 'You're Welcome', The Little Mermaid and more.

  • Nike - Active Kids Do Better
    It can be great fun for families to get active together. Sometimes, even grown-ups need a bit of support. Check out Nike's Active Home family-friendly activities.

  • Accessible activities for kids
    There are lots of ways to keep disabled children and young people active. Start off by choosing activities your child's interested in and adapt them.

  • Go Noodle
    Movement and mindfulness videos for use with children.

  • BBC Super Movers
    Fun curriculum-linked resources to get your kids moving while they learn.

  • Premier League Primary Stars
    Activities to help pupils develop skills in everything from balance and coordination to athletics and throwing.

  • imoves
    Teaching resources design to get kids active.

  • QuestR
    Resources for parents to support their children to have fun while learning at home.

  • Cosmic Kids Yoga
    Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged three or over. Used in schools and homes all over the world.

  • Jump Start Jonny
    Fun workout videos to get kids moving

  • #ThisIsPE
    Activities from Yorkshire Sport Foundation and leading national organisations.

  • Change4Life indoor activities
    Easy ways for kids to keep active indoors.

  • Travel to Tokyo
    Discover the Travel to Tokyo challenge and join millions of children and their families getting active together.

  • Active Imaginations
    Simple and fun activities that will help 2 to 4-year olds get their 180 minutes of recommended daily physical activity to help them grow healthily.

Gentle activity

  • Active at Home
    Public Health England have produced an ‘Active at Home’ booklet, to provide practical guidance to older adults to maintain strength and balance.

  • 10 Today
    10 Today involves short ten-minute routines to get you stretching and moving. These activities can even be completed seated.

  • Strengthen your lungs with Peter Deadman's qigong routine
    Check out the 20-minute video of three qigong practices to help strengthen the lung. 1: deep, slow, lower abdominal breathing. 2: two qigong movements to benefit the lung. 3: slapping and massaging the lung channel/meridian and the chest.

  • Age UK
    The website offers advice for older people on how to be more active. Age UK also have a home chair based exercise class available on YouTube.

  • Joe Wicks chair workouts for seniors
    This short home workout is designed for seniors or for anyone looking for something a bit lighter. Take care when exercising and if you don't already exercise regularly take it slowly at first.

  • Sitting exercises (NHS)
    These gentle sitting exercises will help improve your mobility and prevent falls, and can even be done at home.

  • Strength exercises (NHS)
    Strength exercises like these can be done at home to improve your health and mobility.

  • Balance exercises (NHS)
    Don't worry if you haven't done much exercise for a while; these balance exercises are gentle and easy to follow.

  • Flexibility exercises (NHS)
    These flexibility exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility.

  • Get up and go
    Useful leaflet that can be printed to help you ‘stay steady’.

  • Love to Move
    British Gymnastics Foundation has made a seated activity programme so you can take part in gymnastics at home.

  • Walking
    Walking is a great way to introduce exercise into your daily routine. You can find information on lots of Barnsley’s walking routes here.

Mental wellbeing

Being active whilst pregnant

  • Befit4baby
    Befit4baby have information advice and inspiration about ways to get active whilst pregnant.

  • Tommy’s
    Tommy's have a range of exercises you can do whilst pregnant.

  • NHS pregnancy exercise
    The NHS have a tips and advice for exercising during pregnancy.

What's Your Move challenges

We want you to stay active and healthy this season. We've created two What's Your Move challenges to keep you motivated:

Get involved

Let us know what you're doing to stay active using the hashtag #WhatsYourMove on social media. You can also follow us on Twitter @SportBMBC.

If you think we can add to these activities please get in touch by emailing Sport&ActiveRecreation@barnsley.gov.uk or via Twitter @SportBMBC.