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There are lots of different types of exercise and physical activity you can try. And even if you’re mostly in your home, there are plenty of things you can do to stay active. 

Consider what might be the right form of exercise for you. Click here for advice on getting active at home and outdoors during lockdown and beyond.

Workouts, classes and Apps

Looking after your body is just as important as looking after your mind. There are lots of free resources, apps and videos that will enable you to take time out to focus on you.



  • Pilates video for beginners: This Pilates workout video is suitable for beginners, improvers or anyone who wants to get back to basics.
  • Pyjama Pilates video workout: Pyjama pilates is a 45-minute workout suitable for people with some basic experience of Pilates.


  • Wake up and work out: A range of exercise videos including aerobic, strength and resistance, Pilates, yoga and other workouts for all levels of fitness.
  • Fitness Studio exercise: Free NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos – 24 instructor-led videos including aerobics exercise, strength, resistance, Pilates and yoga.

Quick workouts

  • Home workout videos: For a quick boost to feel better right now, clear some space and follow along with these short exercise ideas.
  • 10-minute workouts: These 10-minute workout ideas are perfect if you’ve only got a bit of spare time when you’re at home.
  • Desk-based exercises: Build these simple exercises into your working day to help avoid aches and pains associated with being sedentary.

For older adults

Exercise with kids

  • PE with Kids: YouTube fitness trainer Joe Wicks is livestreaming daily “PE with Joe” lessons on his channel, The Body Coach on weekdays.
  • Youth Sport Trust: YouTube videos with fun challenges and activities that can be adapted to the space you have available.
  • Change4Life Activities: Change4Life has created some games and activities, that will get the kids moving.
  • Physical activity guidelines for children (under 5 years): Activity recommendations for children under 5. move to kids
  • Physical activity guidelines for children and young people: Activity recommendations for age group 5 – 18 years old move to kids

Exercise with Children and Adults with Disabilities

  • Parasport Activities: Accessible home workouts that are ideal for wheelchair users who are just getting started or haven’t been active for a while. Includes short, easy to follow guide to stretching and improving your mobility.

Exercise Apps

  • Movement for Modern Life:  This free for NHS staff app offersaccess to online yoga resources, such as breathwork and stress reduction classes for home and the workplace.
  • Active 10: This app records every minute of walking you do (anonymously). Just pop your phone in your pocket and away you go! Visit the App store for more details.
  • Couch to 5K: A running programme for absolute beginners