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Stuck at home? These online resources will keep you happy, healthy and occupied

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Part three: resources to look after your wellbeing

Now we’re all unexpectedly spending a lot more time at home we’re going to need all the help we can get to stay active and entertained.

Luckily there’s a whole world of free online resources out there ready and waiting to be used and we’ll be sharing them with a series of articles for everyone in the family.

From health and wellbeing websites to cooking classes, mental workout apps and educational resources for the kids, there’s something for everyone during the coronavirus lockdown.

The third and final part in our series will help you look after your wellbeing and keep you occupied. Click on the links below to read more about each online resource:

Health and wellbeing

It’s more important than ever that everyone at home stays fit and healthy right now. These websites and apps will help you and your family do just that.

  • He’s the nation’s PE teacher and millions are tuning in to get their daily exercise fix with Joe Wicks’ live workout very morning. Join in here. https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html

  • ClassPass Live brings a variety of workouts to your home that make you break into a sweat as much as you would at a real world gym class. The instructors break down each move into easy to follow actions so you can jump in at any fitness level – and push yourself as far as you want to go. classpass.com

  • The Down Dog App helps you create a personalised yoga practice where you can pick your own your time, level, focus, instructor and music to exercise to. Use the lockdown to perfect your downward dog or dolphin poses. DownDogApp.com

  • FitBit Premium/Coach is supporting people during the pandemic by offering 90-day free trials of its Fitbit Premium and Fitbit Coach services. The premium service includes more than 150 workouts, while Fitbit Coach allows users to stream workout videos on phones or computers. https://www.fitbit.com/uk/fitbit-premium

  • Try the Headspace website to learn about meditation, sleep, and movement exercises to enhance your wellbeing. https://www.headspace.com/

  • Streaks is a to-do list app that helps you form good habits and pushes you towards reaching your goals. The app allows you to track up to twelve tasks you want to complete each day including everything from walking the dog to flossing your teeth. The goal is to build a streak of consecutive days. https://streaksapp.com/

General

Bored? Need something to take your mind off being stuck at home? Try these cooking, reading and mental challenges to keep you occupied.

  • Need some inspiration to turn those odds and ends you have in the back of the fridge into a hearty family meal? Then tune in every day at 5pm on Twitter to tweet home cook Jack Monroe and she will recommend a recipe to use them. https://twitter.com/BootstrapCook

  • Explore the “world’s largest digital library” and immerse yourself in a good book at Scribd – which has just opened its library free for 30 days free of charge. https://www.scribd.com/

  • Fancy being the next online Jurgen Klopp or Jose Mourinho? Then try your hand at the perennial favourite Football Manager game. Developers Sports Interactive Games have made the game free to ply until April. https://www.footballmanager.com/

  • Keep those little grey cells working with Wordfeud.  Much like Scrabble, Wordfeud is a puzzle game where you challenge friends to find high scores when landing on a double letters, double word, triple letters or triple word tiles. Play with friends or be matched up against random opponents. https://wordfeud.com/

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