How to stay fit and well during lockdown

Times are tough right now. And the more vulnerable among us are largely stuck in our homes and may feel isolated. So it is important that we lean on each other, and yourself as well.

Staying fit and well while stuck at home can seem challenging at first. With your favourite local yoga studios, gyms and mindfulness centres closing for now, you might feel like giving up on exercising and the hobbies you used to enjoy.

Luckily, our wonderful community has shown itself to be incredibly adaptable. Fitness classes, yoga sessions and even art classes are now being streamed over Zoom, which can help you feel a little more connected while physically isolated.

Here’s our guide to safeguarding your physical and mental wellbeing during lockdown.

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Live streaming yoga and fitness

Mix up your daily exercise by incorporating some live classes streamed straight to your living room. If you do choose to visit a park to work out, it’s important to maintain government guidelines and follow distancing measures (standing six feet apart from others).

Chisenhale Dance Space

Online

Ease your homeschooling angst with a weekly family dance class. Every Saturday, Chisenhale Dance Space’s Robyn Holder will be hosting a ‘Creative Movement for the Family’ class from 10.30am – 11.15 am.

The lesson is aimed at all children aged 3 and over, parents included! It will explore creative ideas, expressive tasks and new ways to move in your home with the emphasis always on fun and discovery.

NB: future dates and times are still TBA.

This is a donate-what-you-can class but donations of £5 are strongly encouraged.

To sign up, email them at classes@chisenhaledancespace.co.uk by 10am on the day, with the name that you made the donation in and the name of your child.

move studio

Online

move studio are hosting daily virtual classes priced at £6 each. From Slow Flow to Full-Body workouts and everything in between. You can view their full timetable here.

ànimo yoga

Online

ànimo yoga are also offering online lessons. And they have an introduction offer – 14 days unlimited live stream classes for £25. Go to their website for their schedule and more information.

Bee Fit Pilates

Online

Belinda from Bee Fit Pilates has a timetable for virtual lessons aimed at various levels of experience on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Saturday.

Contact bee@beefitpilates.com for more information and to determine your experience level.

Yoga Gem

St Barnabas Church, Grove Rd, E3 5TG

Online

If you’re missing attending Gemma’s affordable classes at St Barnabas’s church and Victoria Park, look no further. As part of her spring-inspired yoga schedule, expect to find a range of different class styles including forward folds, twists and backbends.

Find out more here.

Doug’s Dogs

1-3 Wager St, E3 4JD

Online

The dog training, walking, daycare and grooming business on Bow Common Lane has moved their classes online.

All of their dog training, from puppy classes to advanced and senior and rescue dogs, is now being taught through Zoom.

Tower Hamlets Tennis Courts

Open

Victoria Park, Grove Rd, E3 5TB

Fancy some exercise IRL? Tower Hamlets Tennis Courts have reopened with new safety rules so that everyone can happily enjoy the courts.

They are asking you to use your feet or bodyweight to open the gate, rather than your hands and to maintain social distancing at all times. Before playing, you need to book online here.

Wellbeing services

These times are admittedly hard, and if you or a loved one needs professional help, here are local remote services, where you can talk to a professional without leaving your house. 

Tower Hamlets LGBT Forum

Online

Are you struggling with how to fill your day at home during lockdown? Has self-isolation made it harder to keep in touch with your LGBT community?

Join Tower Hamlets LGBT weekly online peer-networking group where you can be yourself in a safe, fun environment.

The meet ups will feature chats and discussions and workshops led by a facilitator with activities that delve into LGBT issues.

They also have a group specifically for over 50s.

Their next event is on the 27 May 2020. Click here for more info.

Email lgbtforum@elop.org for more details and the link to access the group.

The Plane Tree

31 Roman Road, London E2 0HU

Online

A mind and body therapy centre offering counselling, massages and osteopathy among their services in Bethnal Green. The centre is closed but a selection of their practitioners are offering online therapy sessions

Green Space Coaching

2 Lyal Road,London, E3 5QG

Online

Karen Liebenguth is an accredited mindfulness expert and life coach. She normally holds sessions in Victoria Park but has moved all her services online. She is currently offering 30-minute sessions for mental health with a combination of paid and donation-based slots. Email her if you’re interested. 

Check out Liebenguth’s top tips and mindful exercises here.

Breathing Space

51 Roman Rd, E2 0HU

Online

This secular branch of the London Buddhist Centre is offering a free, 6-week kindness behaviour training course, delivered over Zoom.

This free mindfulness programme will be delivered by founder of Breathing Space, Dr. Paramabandhu Groves, a former NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and buddhist author. Learn how to manage your emotions, be kinder to others and yourself.

The London Buddhist Centre

51 Roman Rd, E2 0HU

Online

If you find yourself overwhelmed, why not slow down, sit down and simply…breathe. The London Buddhist Centre may have closed its doors, but they have free online meditation guides, and Youtube live-streaming sessions. Check out their timetable here.

Also check out the NHS’s guide on taking care of your mental wellbeing while you’re at home: there are quite a lot of useful tips you can practice on a day-to-day basis. After all, it’s about taking it one step at a time.

Get creative

There’s no better way to pass the time than doing something you enjoy. Starting a new hobby can also help you to relax, while also teaching yourself something new and useful.

While you’re inside, here are some ideas that you can incorporate into your daily routine to keep up your spirits. 

Hannah’s Big Sing

The Hub, Victoria Park, Grove Rd, E3 5TB

Online

What better way to lift your mood than with a group singalong? Belt out feel-good classics from the comfort of your home and learn some singing techniques along the way. Don’t worry, this group choir is for beginners.

Find out more about Hannah Brine’s inspiring group singing classes here.

Poplar Union

2 Cotall Street, E14 6TL

Online

Ease into your Saturday morning with a relaxing drawing class.

Join Poplar Union’s art tutor – Paolo – as he walks you through the process of drawing. Every week will be a different tutorial, teaching you a new aspect of drawing.

Hoxton Mini Press

Delivery

Imagine opening the door to wistfully stare at the outside world while being largely confined to your house, and you find… a book! On your doorstep. What a lovely surprise.

Hoxton Mini Press is an independant books retailer and publisher. They are currently offering 20% off all deliveries

Cooking

Activities like spending time in nature, and cooking are good for your mental health – and that’s a scientific fact. So warm yourself on gloomier days with chocolate chai or Sazzy and Fran’s vegan french toast recipe. All the flavours of Roman Road, without leaving your house. 

If that’s tickled your tastebuds, checkout our weekly series – Quarantine Cooking – with local chef, Oliver Rowe. He’s whipped up some super adaptable, delicious classics you can start making right away.

 


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