Get & Stay Active At Home
Being active in a way that is right for you can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety, and just generally make you feel better.
Moving more and keeping active plays a part in creating a healthy lifestyle.
There are many ways that we can still remain active in our homes. The information on this page will support you to move a little more at home whether that is home exercise classes, play sessions with the family, using an app or an outdoor walk.
Looking for a little inspiration? Apps are great and simple tools to help you get and stay active.
Our mental and physical wellbeing often come hand in hand. Remember to look after both.
How much physical activity should we all be doing?
Find out how much physical activity you should be doing, as well as top tips and activity suggestions for in the home!
Your local Physical Activity, Health & Wellbeing Team
Contact your local Physical Activity, Health & Wellbeing Team who can provide advice and opportunities to support you to become more active.
Keep track of your activity and join a range of challenges to keep you motivated and engaged.
Check out our app and other virtual opportunities so you can exercise from the comfort of your own home.
A link to Sport England's web page for tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home.
Active Tots at Home
Lots of different activities can count towards children's daily physical activity total and one of the best environments for children to be active is at home.
It is important to remember that children are more likely to do physical activities if they see others doing so. You can encourage children to take part in activities by getting involved yourself.
- Under 1s should be completing at least 30 minutes of exercise per day (tummy/floor time) - Start slowly and gradually build it into their routine!
- 1-5 years should be doing 180 minutes (3 hours) of physical activity per day
Encourage little ones to move more with these fun activity suggestions...
Take a look at the Physical Activity for Under 5s Leaflet for more ideas and tips!
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3+. Cosmic Kids is used in schools and homes all over the world.
Get the kids moving with these fun games inspired by some of their favourite Disney characters. These boredom-busting activities will help them reach the 60 active minutes they need every day!
Children, Young People & Families at Home
There are plenty of fun ways to keep the whole family active whilst everyone is at home. You can take part in workout videos, play games or get outside and explore your local environment and footpaths by either by running, walking or cycling! Keeping active as a family is great way to encourage children to be active as well as enjoying a great family experience! Why not print out our Activity Tracker to record your physical activity as a family!
Download our Activity Tracker
Track how active you are with the Activity Tracker.
Adults / Older Adults - aim to take part in 150 minutes of physical activity a week. This is also recommended for adults and older adults with disabilities.
Children & Young People (5-18 years old) - aim to take part in an average of 60 minutes physical activity a day.
Children & Young People (5-18 years old) with disabilities - aim to take part in an average of 20 minutes physical activity a day.
1-5 years should be doing 180 minutes (3 hours) of physical activity per day.
Encourage youngsters to move more with these fun activity suggestions...
Take a look at the Physical Activity for Children & Young People Leaflet for more ideas and tips!
Take a look at the Physical Activity for Disabled Children & Young People Leaflet for more ideas and tips!
Start building in bitesize chunks of activity into your daily routine...
A great selection of family-friendly activity ideas and resources to begin moving more together in your living room, garden or local park.
Oti will be dancing onto CBeebies and into households across the country as she motivates pre-schoolers to get moving and dancing from her own front room!
Adults & Older Adults
Try some new ways to keep active and healthy whilst at home! For adults and older adults exercising at home, this section has information on fall prevention exercises to moderate intensity home workouts.
To stay healthy or to improve health, adults, older adults aged 65 years and over, and adults with disabilities and over should aim for 150 minutes per week at a level that increases your breathing and heart rate. Don't forget to include strength and balance activities two times a week to build strength to keep muscles, bones and joints strong!
Take a look at the Physical Activity for Adults Leaflet for more ideas and tips!
Build physical activity into your daily routine...
Take a look at the Physical Activity for Disabled Adults Leaflet for more ideas and tips!
Physical activity should make you feel good, start with doing things you enjoy!
Take a look at the Physical Activity for Older Adults Leaflet for more ideas and tips!
Build physical activity into your daily routine...
Brought to you by the NHS, these 10-minute videos will help keep you fit, strong and supple. Clear some space and be active in the comfort of your home.
Fitness Studio exercise videos
Another NHS gem. Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga categories.
We Are Undefeatable supports people who live with one or more long-term health conditions so you can make the most of those good days.
Helping older people stay active at home
A simple set of exercises designed especially for older people to help everyone stay active at home.
Improve your strength and balance, and reduce your risk of having a fall, by following our top tips to stay active and stay steady.
Be creative with everyday items around your home and use our Twilight activity plans for ideas which will help you stay active.
Being active with long-term conditions
Click here for information on how to be active if you are living with long term health conditions.
Find a range of different workouts from your favourite coaches on YouTube – including those from The Body Coach Joe Wicks.
Challenge yourself to a variety of workouts, powered by science, and proven to get results. Including strength, cardio, HIIT, dance, flexibility, and more.
Check out Joe Wicks 10 minute home chair workout for older adults. Head to his YouTube page for more videos.