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How to Keep Your Students Active During 'Lockdown'

Article posted on: March 31, 2020

During this period of 'lockdown', we are currently permitted one session of exercise outside our homes each day. But that doesn’t mean that this needs to be a period of relative inactivity for your students. There are loads of resources available online that can help them to stay active during this time. Here former PE teacher and Halsbury team member, Kaeti, takes us through her top picks!

The #nationspeteacher

You can’t start a list like this without mentioning the phenomenon that is sweeping the country! Joe Wicks, aka the Body Coach, is hosting a 30-minute PE lesson every day at 9am on his YouTube channel The Body Coach TV. Your students and their parents can join in the chat and share pics and videos of them doing the workouts using the hashtag #PEwithJoe – it’s a wonderful, virtual celebration of PE!

Strictly’s Oti hosting daily dance lessons

At 11.30 every day on Facebook Live and on her YouTube channel, Oti Mabuse from Strictly Come Dancing and the Greatest Dancer is hosting a daily dance fit session for kids. And at 7.30pm on the same platform she hosts a beginners’ dance fit session for teenagers and adults. 

Still want more dance?

On PopSugarFit’s YouTube channel you’ll find a range of 30-minute dance fit videos that might be of interest to those who have enjoyed Oti’s sessions and want to do a bit more dancing! 

Head to Twitter for some daily challenges!

Several organisations are tweeting daily challenges, including @cricketforgirls and @YouthSportTrust. @Sport_England are also tweeting lots of tips for staying active during this time. 

Check out Change4Life for some great indoor activities

Change4Life have put together some great indoor activities for children, including some Disney-themed ones which are great for younger children. 

Free content from social media influencers

Many of the fitness influencers are doing online sessions on Instagram at the moment, including Lucy Mecklenburgh from TOWIE who is currently streaming a free workout every day on her @RWL fitness profile. And Davina McCall is offering a free 30-day subscription to her workouts.

Take the alphabet fitness challenge

Challenge your students to spell their name out every day with this fitness challenge. Or give them a new word every day to spell out! For example, if I was spelling my name out, I would do 10 burpees, 10 push ups, 10 squats, a 30-second plank and a 45-second plank – phew!

Downlad the workout!»


I hope these activities help to keep your students active, fit and healthy during this difficult time. Let us know how you get on and, indeed, if you have any other ideas for keeping students active by tweeting us @HalsburySport!


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