Moving more online

Moving more online

There are so many ways that you can move more and with the use of technology, it can help to motivate you, record your activities such as steps or distance, and try lots of activities in a different way. There are apps that can be downloaded to a mobile device or online both live and recorded that you can take with you or use at home.

Fitness apps

From the sublime to the ridiculous, competition-based to the more personally goal-driven, there’s an app for everyone. However, you chose to exercise these apps will help you get started and stay on track.

      • Active 10 The NHS Active 10 walking tracker app takes away the guesswork. It shows how much brisk walking you're doing and how you can do more. It's easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day, see how you are doing and track your progress.
        Download for iPhone or Download for Android

      • Couch to 5k Couch to 5k is an easy to follow programme known the world over, and perfect for those new to running and need some extra support and motivation along the way. The app features a choice of 4 great trainers to support and motivate you at every step of the way, telling you when to run and when to walk.
        Download for iPhone or Download for Android

      • Map My Walk by Under ArmourMap My Walk allows you to see how much time you have spent walking, distance, pace, speed, elevation, and calories burned. Once you finish you can upload and save your workout data and view it both on the app and on the Map My Walk website.  You can also share routes and encouraging words with friends. As well as save routes to use again or select routes that other Map My Walk users have done in your area.
        Download for iPhone or Download for Android

      • Fitbit: Health and Fitness (No Fitbit Required)The Fitbit app can be used to track your walks using GPS as well as your daily steps using the motion sensor on your phone. Following each workout, you can review your route, distance, time, pace, mile split times, calories burned, and steps. You can also challenge your friends with virtual adventure races as well as access free video and audio workouts that you can do in your own time, from your living room.
        Download for iPhone or Download for Android

      • Strava This app can measure distance, time, elevation gain, calories and route. You can create and share your own routes with friends and see popular routes in your local area. It doesn't stop with running or cycling, you can track a whole range of sports with Strava from Swim to Yoga, Crossfit to Rock Climbing. 
        Download for iPhone or Download for Android

      • Run KeeperRunkeeper is an easy to use app that tracks your pace, distance, calories burned and time. You can look back on past runs to track your progress and discover new routes near you. This app is great for beginners looking for basic run data.
        Download for iPhone or Download for Android
      • Map My Run by Under ArmourMap My Run allows you to see how much time you have spent running, distance, pace, speed, elevation, and calories burned. Once you finish you can upload and save your workout data and view it both on the app and on the Map My Run website. An added function of this app is the ability to specify the type of run you are doing such as treadmill, on trails, in your neighbourhood or walking the dog, which can be helpful when analysing your performance.
        Download for iPhone or Download for Android

      • Zombies, Run!Get ready for the run of your life. You tie your shoes, put on your headphones, take your first steps outside. You’ve barely covered 100 yards when you hear them. They must be close. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan - they’re everywhere. Zombies. There’s only one thing you can do: Run! Zombies, Run! works anywhere and at any speed. You can jog in a park, run along a beach, or walk along a trail. It even works on treadmills!
        Download for iPhone or Download for Android

Online fitness classes

If the gym isn’t for you or you want to fit in a quick workout before work then there are thousands of great workouts online. From Yoga to HIIT training, Qigon to Gymnastic there’s a workout for everyone.

Getting hearts beating faster

    • 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.
    • Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL) home workouts
      Free short workouts from the fitness instructors at Barnsley Premier Leisure to keep you moving at home.
    • 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!
    • Fitness Blender
      Bring the gym into your own home with over 500 free online workouts.
    • NHS 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!
    • NHS Vinyasa flow yoga video
      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?
    • NHS Gym-free Workouts
      Put the fun back into fitness with these equipment-free workouts for all levels.
    • 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.

Gentle activity

      • 10 Today
        10 Today involves short ten-minute routines to get you stretching and moving. These activities can even be done completed seated.
      • Age UK
        The Age UK 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.
      • Get up and go
        This is a useful leaflet that can be printed to help you ‘stay steady’.
      • 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.
      • Love to Move
        British Gymnastics Foundation has made a seated activity programme so you can take part in gymnastics at home. Love to Move is designed to get older people moving and functioning better.
      • NHS Sitting Exercises
        These gentle sitting exercises will help improve your mobility and prevent falls and can be done at home.
      • NHS Strength Exercises
        Strength exercises like these can be done at home to improve your health and mobility.
      • NHS Balance Exercises
        Don't worry if you haven't done much exercise for a while; these balance exercises are gentle and easy to follow.
      • NHS Flexibility Exercises
        These flexibility exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility.
      • 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. qigong movements to benefit the lung.
        3. slapping and massaging the lung channel/meridian and the chest.

Online activities with the Kids

    • BBC Super Movers
      Fun curriculum-linked resources to get your kids moving while they learn.
    • Change for Life Accessible Activities
      There are lots of ways to keep disabled children and young people active. Start off by choosing activities your child is interested in and adapt them.
    • Change4Life Indoor Activities
      Lots of Disney inspired easy ways for kids to keep active indoors.
    • Change for Life 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.
    • Change for Life 10 Minute Shake Up
      Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to bring you Shake Up games inspired by your favourite Disney characters. These 10-minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day!
    • Cosmic Kids Yoga
      Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged three or over. Used in schools and homes all over the world.
    • Disney Dance-a-Longs
      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.
    • GoNoodle
      GoNoodle engages and inspires kids to channel their boundless energy, getting them up, moving and becoming more mindful.
    • 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.
    • Premier League Primary Stars
      Activities to help children develop skills in everything from balance and coordination to athletics and throwing.
    • #ThisIsPE
      #ThisIsPE is a useful way to quickly put together activities and games that will entertain and burn off some of that energy. The videos are presented by PE teachers and linked to the Primary PE curriculum so it is a fantastic way of educating your children physically at home!