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Whether you’re a seasoned marathon runner or a complete beginner, now is a great opportunity to get outdoors and get running! Providing you’re practicing correct social distancing, hitting the roads with your running shoes on is a brilliant way to burn those extra calories and also clear out your head. Having entered Spring, the weather is beautiful outside and with so many great areas in Bristol accessible, there are loads of short, medium, and long-running routes available to try out.
If running is a bit too intense for yourself then getting outside for a brisk walk in the sunlight is another great way to keep fit. Staying indoors all day can be hard both physically and mentally, so break your day up by heading out into the open air for a walk around Bristol. Take a look at the top ten walks in Bristol here and stretch off your legs in the great outdoors.
With the roads clearer than ever, now is the ideal time to head out on a bike ride. Cycling engages loads of your muscles and a couple of miles of pedalling, you’ll certainly have worked up a sweat. Head out for a gentle stroll around Bristol or put on your cycling gear and explore the Wiltshire countryside. Just make sure you are practicing social distancing and not heading out more than once a day.
Now if space is limited then circuit training is an easy way to get fit without leaving the comfort of your own home. Circuit training is classed as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and is really effective at burning fat and calories. We’ve outlined some beginner and intermediate circuits for you to try at home below.
Beginner: 10x press-ups, 10x situps, 15x star jumps, 5x burpees. Repeat 3x.
Intermediate: 10x press-ups, 15x situps, 20x star jumps, 15x squat thrusts, 10x burpees. Repeat 3x.
Online Workout Classes
David Lloyd - Online Fitness Classes
On March 30th, David Lloyd will be launching their brand new digital platform that will allow users to discover on-demand workouts, join in with live-streamed fitness classes, and find out great ways to keep the family entertained. The app will be free to David Lloyd members and is the perfect way to get a complete gym workout from the comfort of your own home.
You can watch some of their workout videos here.
DB Max - #BESAFE Virtual Runs
DB Max are launching the #BeSafe virtual run. Renowned for their all-year-round running events, duathlons, triathlons and more, the team at DB Max are giving you the chance to earn silverware whilst out running on the roads of Bristol.
Simply go onto their website, click which distance you want to run (5k or 10k), print off your race bib and get running. Once you’ve completed your run, simply head online and enter your time. You will then relieve your chosen distance medal in the post for you to show off to all your family!
DB Max have also launched their Virtual Duathlon which will operate in the same way.
PE with Joe Wicks
Live from his home in London, Joe Wicks live streams child-friendly workouts every weekday morning at 9 a.m. The workouts, which are then uploaded onto his Youtube channel are watched by millions. These workouts are a brilliant way to keep your children and you active through this strange time!
About: If you love running then Strava is one mobile fitness app that you will LOVE! The app is made for both cyclists and runners with its tracking abilities keeping records of your pace, how much distance you cover and even provides a detailed 3d model map for you to look back over different parts of your run or cycle. The detailed results breakdown is perfect for helping you improve your workouts as you shed the pounds and get in shape ready for a fit and healthy 2020.
About: Looking for a free workout app, then look no further. Not only will you be able to access workouts across multiple disciplines such as dance, yoga and HIIT, you can search by the body part you’d like to focus on and even create custom programs to help you reach your goals. Even if you don’t come in with a defined goal in mind, you get to experiment with different types of workouts for free so you can find out the types of exercise that make moving fun.
About: Fitbod’s goal is to make you stronger and they do that by adapting your workout plan to your current strengths and weaknesses. The app is always collecting data on your current fitness level and adjusts your training - such as sets, reps and weight - accordingly, all to get you fitter in the safest way possible. If you’re looking for a strength training app that can give you a workout plan based on the equipment you have available, this one’s for you.
About: PEAR is like having a trainer right in your ear guiding you through your workout. Run, spin, strength train and more with the guidance of a trainer every step of the way. Apple Watch users can pair the workout and all metrics without having to unlock a phone. You can also get workouts suited for specific equipment and race series to take goal-setting up a notch.
Price: FREE 14 day trial - £5.99 a month
About: Powered by Under Armour, the MapMy family of apps are brilliant,ly well known in the fitness world. MapMyRun specifically is great for tracking your runs and finding new routes in your area. If you want to step up the ease of use, get a pair of Under Armour smart shoes, which connect to the app automatically.
About: No matter where you are in your fitness journey, Sworkit is like having a personal trainer in your pocket. While a subscription is needed to access all of the content the app has to offer, there are a number of free workouts to get you started. Set a goal, get your training plan and start working out anywhere—their videos are meant to be used with as little equipment as necessary—so you can add working out into your everyday routine.
About: Losing weight is one of the toughest things to do. Thankfully the Noom fitness app is able to keep your weight-loss regime in check with its Noom Food list providing you with healthier diet alternatives, alongside tracking your daily food intake and also giving exercise suggestions to help you get the most out of your workouts.
Price: Free To Download
About: You’ve got to get back into the swing of things balancing your work and social life with everything else that’s going around you! Headspace is the perfect relaxation app to download as its guided meditation and sleep tutorials help you forget about the outside world by promoting a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Price: Free trial - £9.99 a month.