How the VPNOnlineFree team stays active and hopefully locks in

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Staying at home does not necessarily mean staying still. While there are some fantastic home workouts available (like PE with Joe) and a multitude of great exercise apps, we've also come up with our own ideas for staying active in the lockdown.

If you are tired of the treadmill or if you feel something different from your usual yoga application, here are some proven alternatives.

Home training

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Keith Walker, Managing Director

“Low impact” workouts have become the norm for me in locking. Not because I struggle with burpees, star jumps, etc., but because I live in an apartment on the top floor and the neighbors downstairs do not appreciate the representatives of “squat jump” on their ceilings at 7 a.m. …

Land's End

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Cat Ellis, fitness and wellness editor

My usual running club has been replaced by a virtual club on Strava and our advertising social networks are now weekly Zoom chats (bonus points for having a collection of medals in the background). I set up a virtual Earth end for John O'Groats running on My Virtual Mission, thinking that it would easily last until the lockout ended, but it turns out that I largely underestimated the duration of a pandemic.

We have also all participated in virtual races, where you record your time with a fitness tracker and receive a medal in the mail. It was great, except for the Easter race where the organizer sent chocolate eggs to everyone, which arrived broken into pieces and tasting of envelope glue.


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Tom Bedford, editor, phones

Closing my gym turned out to be a blessing in disguise – while a treadmill encouraged me to run the same distance better and better, I found that running outdoors makes me see how far I can go, no matter when. What started out as a quick run to see how long the queues were in my local stores, when the lockout started, quickly became a 10 km dash every other day just to get out, and of course i use Strava to brag about it too.

Foam roller

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Mark Wilson, camera editor

After recovering from a running injury, I had to resort to significantly less preferable home bodyweight exercises and the dreaded foam roller. But that had led to a positive point – me and my girlfriend now have a column each in a Google Sheets exercise tracker. It works well because none of us want to be humiliated by breaking our streak. I also enjoyed Sky’s Fit in 5 workouts, mainly because the guests always seem as stunned as I do.

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Samuel Roberts, Senior Entertainment Writer

I bought myself an Ultrasport F-Bike in January, because I know that I will never, never be motivated to join a gymnasium (also, I'm too cheap for a monthly subscription). I loved using it, and I cycle 11 km a day, on average six days a week. I only burn 250 calories per intake, but the mental health benefits are obvious.

Since I have to write on Netflix and Disney Plus for this website almost constantly, putting the bike in front of the TV is a great way to catch up on shows I haven't seen yet.


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Mackenzie Frazier, Offer Writer

Since I can no longer go to a pilates class, I downloaded the Melissa Wood Health app. It has hundreds of training videos and guided meditations – the best part is that you don't need any equipment, you are using your own body weight. The workouts are short – 20 to 30 minutes, and I look forward to doing a class every day. I plan to stay with the app even when the gyms reopen.


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Henry St Leger, editor, home technology

Curiously, the lockout made me exercise a lot more than usual! I used to wiggle unenthusiastically at the gym once a week, with the odd jogging to get some fresh air, but with my local gym closed – and not much else in do – I used to use my excursion to get a good 30-minute run in a few days a week.

I've found the evenings better not to run into other people on the sidewalk (or in local parks), and I'll take the opportunity to run in windy or humid weather for the same reason – but I won't blame anyone for being staying short also works in sunny hours.


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