We all want to stay active in this time of confinement, and Joe Wicks or Jessica Smith are great places to start. Everything we do at home can be turned into exercise, from vacuuming to gardening and even cleaning the windows.

But what if you want something a little off the wall to cheer you up a bit?

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Expedition 32 flight engineer, equipped with a bungee harness, exercises on the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT) in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams exercising on the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT) in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station.

1. Juggling

While walking on stilts might be challenging in most homes, juggling is very accessible, great for hand-eye coordination and really gets the upper body working. Here’s a great beginner juggling lesson.

2. Body weight fitness

Reddit has an active and friendly community based around body weight fitness. This means using your own bodyweight to train without any props needed and easy to do at home. This group has a huge number of posts including a not-at-all-scary minimalist daily routine. There are also ideas for people with specific functional needs such as those with cerebral palsy.

3. The Submarine Exercise Routine

Who better to tell us how to keep fit in a confined space than the crew of a submarine? Here’s a link to the submarine exercise routine. You’ll immediately see how simple it is. The key is to do a few squats here, a few lunges there and you’ll feel so much better. I am now in the habit that every time I walk from the living room to the kitchen I do it in lunges. Raise periscope!

4. Pull-ups (made easy)

If you know me you’ll know how much I like pull-ups, but I’m so often told that they’re difficult to do. Here’s a nifty idea to make them a bit easier using a resistance band which you can get hold of online. Feel free to get in touch with me for any advice or suggestions on which pull-up bar and band to buy. You can now buy pull-up bars which require no fixed installation and so won’t damage your doorframes.

5. Table bouldering

If you enjoy rock climbing or bouldering, you can get into the crazy new art of table bouldering or just plain old traversing around your home. Both are explained and demonstrated in this video. For the keener climbers, a variety of hangboard training routines are available via apps or you could always try Alex Honnold’s routine.

6. House Gymnastics

For the truly adventurous, an old favourite of mine is http://www.housegymnastics.com. I’ve been cranking out these moves (some of them at least) since 2002 and there’s something for all daredevils. Take note: some of these moves are pretty advanced and risky so please practise safely.

If you have any questions about the hows and whys of any home exercise routines, or to share any ideas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.