Active at Home

Staying active at home

Updated December 2021

Following the past few years of lockdowns and restrictions, more and more people have begun to get active at home. With Coronavirus still a present threat, being active at home is a safe way of being physically active, particularly for those who don’t feel comfortable in a public setting, or who are having to self isolate.

Whether you’re looking for a home workout, everyday activities to keep you moving, or something a little different, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself physically active in your home.

Exercise is for everyone, and as a result we have tips on keeping physically active for all ages, genders and abilities.

This includes exercises for those with disabilities and long-term health conditions, exercises for mental health and wellbeing, and exercises to keep the whole family moving.

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Getting started: The benefits of being active at home

Being physically active can transform your entire life. From feeling better in yourself to finding your fitness gradually improving, it provides so many benefits, including:

  • Improving your mood, mental health and wellbeing
  • Increasing your self esteem
  • Improving your sleep pattern
  • Fighting off diseases
  • Reducing the symptoms of other health conditions
  • Providing an opportunity to socialise with others
  • Increasing your lifespan

Plus it keeps you healthy, fit and happy.

A Woman Being Active At Home

Frequently asked questions about exercising at home:


Find your next home workout

If you’re looking for some inspiration, there are plenty of videos and workouts that you can follow online. These include gentler moves for older adults and child-friendly videos to get the whole family moving.

There’s also some videos which could help improve mood and wellbeing, which include some yoga and breathing activities.

We’ve pulled together some playlists below to get you started.

Further tailored exercises and resources to help


Not just workouts: Everyday activities count!

You don’t need gym equipment at home to stay active, or to take part in that Zoom circuit if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. In fact, if a workout just isn’t your thing, everyday activities such as doing the housework can count towards remaining active.

Try to break up long periods of sitting by getting up and moving for at least five minutes each hour. This is particularly important if you’re working from home, and you might want to check out our Active at Work section for tips on remaining active whilst working.

Other ideas on how to get active around the home

  • If you’re a tea or coffee lover, why not have a go at the Cuppa routine – it’s a short and easy routine that can be done whenever you’re waiting for the kettle to boil.
  • Gardening and cleaning are fantastic ways to stay active at home.
  • You could also put your favourite tunes and have a dance around the house.
  • Walk it out! Walking around the house, up and down the stairs, round the garden or down the street is a great way to get steps in. Alternatively, you could march on the spot whilst watching your favourite TV programme or film. Try and aim for 10,000 steps spread across the day if you can.
  • Alternatively check out our Active Outdoors section for places to go in Norfolk.

Remember, just 10 extra minutes of activity a day could make all the difference to your overall health and wellbeing. How will you fit this in?


Other resources to help you

There are so many resources to help you get started on your active journey. Regardless of how small you start, you should be proud of your achievements, and celebrate all wins. These apps and organisations will help you to do just that, by measuring your progress and even sharing it with others.