7 ways you can "run a mile" from home
Updated: Mar 24
The UK government announced on the 23rd March that those social distancing are allowed to leave their homes once a day for exercise. But there are many others who are in self-isolation in this country and further afield.
So here are 7 workouts you can complete at home - each of them take about the same exertion as running a mile. We want everyone who's in total lockdown to be able to take part in our 100 miles Shakespeare colour in, so all these activities count and we've included the equivalent "miles" in the article below.
1. Run up and down your house or flat
Keep it simple, run for as long as it would usually take you to run a mile. Of course, you probably won't have run a mile, but with all that turning around, you'll have used up as much energy. Not sure if I have an ultra marathon i me like Pan Shancu in China on lockdown, but I can manage 9 or 10 minutes.
2. A 10-minute HIIT Workout with The Body Coach
Joe Wicks has just held his first daily P.E. lesson for kids. But there are loads of High Intensity workouts on his channel. Most of them are 20 minutes long, so if you complete one video, you'll have "run" 2 miles. And there are plenty of workouts for Kids and Seniors too!
3. Yoga with Adriene
Most runners would probably admit that they could do more stretching and yoga. So let's use this time to get into some good practices and, in the words of my favourite online yoga instructor, Adrienne, "Find What Feels Good". Here's the Yoga with Adriene Youtube channel with hundreds of routines. Complete 15 minutes, and tick off a mile!
Do two rounds of this 6 minute circuit - no equipment required. Complete each exercise for 45 seconds, rest for 15 seconds, then move on to the next exercise. I've linked to youtube videos of each exercise in case you're not sure of the correct technique.
6. High Knees
So pump out some tunes and get sweating. If you enjoy these circuits, I'm happy to publish them regularly for you.
5. Work on your Abs Again, when running outside is on the cards, my abs are woefully forgotten. If there were ever an "opportunity" to get a sixpack, this is it! Complete Bowflex's 6 Minute Standing Ab Workout and their 8 Minute at Home Abs Workout and together they'll count for a mile.
6. 15 minutes of Boxing
I've got some boxing gloves at home so I'll be doing some boxing workouts with my husband. If you don't have your own boxing gloves, why not try out this 30 Minute At-Home Boxing Workout? It counts for 2 miles!
7. Get Dancing!
If time allows, I might try to remedy my two left feet. This Hip-Hop Fit Workout video might be a good place to start, and with 30 minutes of moves, it counts for 2 miles as well. If you only manage 15 minutes of dancing, that still makes for a mile!
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