Iain Cresswell | Opinion
We are now in the fourth week of the lockdown, and no doubt this could continue all the way to the end of June by current estimates. In these unprecedented times, being in isolation can clearly take its toll, both mentally and physically. Below is a handy list of useful links and media sources to try and help if you want to kill some time or catch up on reading and stretch the mind a little, as well as the body.
Joe Wicks – The Body Coach is one of the fastest-growing YouTube channels for all levels of fitness, and appears to be one of the nation’s favourites.
Pop Sugar is another of the largest channels. Both of these are trending with massive new increases in audiences, for obvious reasons. Toning, cardiovascular work plus recommendations on home gym equipment or budget equivalents are all included with these free channels.
Using a rucksack with bricks/stones, filled bottles of water, milk cartons or frozen meat and large bags of pasta are a great substitute for weights and other gym equipment for weight or resistance workouts at home. The more creative you are, the less reliant you are on expensive gym equipment.
Google Play and Apple’s App Store are already awash with exercise apps with workout routines that can integrate with your Fitbit or whatnot via your smartphone and Bluetooth – most are free with advertising. MensHealth is one very good app for making your own gym-style routines, which are saved in the app to make your own personal workout plan. You can specify which muscle groups you want to focus on, all without a personal trainer. Likewise with Leap Fitness – Womens Workout. These apps are a dime a dozen, so maybe spend some time browsing your respective app store.
Also, check out your local gym’s Instagram. They will be desperate to attract business once the lockdown is finished, and many will provide free view-only classes in the hope that you sign up once things get back to normal, with free classes available in return for your e-mail address as a sign-up.
Need some extra cash or pocket money while in lockdown?
You can fill out online surveys and get cash with Pureprofile and Verve Voices, or supermarket vouchers of your choice with Valued Opinions. Some surveys can take 10 – 45 minutes with varying rewards given, normally from £0.25p to £1.50. You need to get a minimum of a £10 or £20 balance before you can withdraw. These sites are great for killing time and getting some extra spending power. Other sites include:
Good right-wing media channels and other interesting stuff
Here are some of our favourite sources of right-wing debate on YouTube channels:
Documentaries and Points of View
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“Reading for the mind is like exercise for the body” – Sir Richard Steele