You’re at home and you have time for yourself ? Don’t panic, there are a plethora of things you can do to broaden your daily life without leaving home.
- Circuit training, conditioning and other athletic activities are all easy to do at home. In fact, we have prepared a simple but very effective circuit training workout for you. And for more inspiration you have YouTube channels or apps like Freeletics, Fitplan or Nike Training Club. Resources are numerous and it is more important than ever to stay in shape.
- How about dancing? With all the tutorials available online it’s time to turn your living room into a dance floor and sweat while having fun. Hip-hop, latin dances, afro dances… There is something for everyone. And if you’re two at home it’s also time to learn to dance rock, salsa or tango.
- It’s also finally time to do some yoga and enjoy its many benefits. The bonus? You could start with this power yoga workout.
But also take time to slow down
- Let’s learn how to breathe again: breathing is an excellent tool against stress, and stress is all around us at the moment. Available anytime, easy to practice without any equipment, breathing is one of the best kept serenity secrets. You’d be surprised how many breathing techniques there are to help you improve this vital function of your body.
- Meditation reduces stress and boosts our immune system. Many digital tools such as HeadSpace or Calm are able to guide you and even your children, because it’s never too early to get started.
Learning new things
- From literature to computers, thousands of online courses are waiting for you. Browse through the catalogue of My Mooc, Coursera or EdX and choose the topics you wish to learn more about. Who said school is closed ?
- Yes, it’s possible to go to museums without leaving your couch. Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, explore the content of more than 1,200 major museums and archives online.
- As an endless source of knowledge, there are also the famous TED Talks, The School of Life’s videos or Vevo’s funny ones .
Travelling… from your sofa
- We won’t introduce you to Netflix, but we remind you about different options: like a list of classic films free of rights on Open Culture (cultural gold mine) or the British Film Institute’s video player if you’re in the UK .
- If you prefer podcasts, there’s Sybel for hours and hours of podcasts and radio series. Then, we know Spotify for music, not so much for its podcasts that it’s time to explore.
- The Paris Opera puts its shows online for free. What better way to let your imagination than Don Giovanni or Swan Lake? Watch Opera North’s acclaimed 2016 staging of Richard Wagner’s epic opera masterpiece, The Ring Cycle, online, in full and for free. On the other side of the Atlantic, The Met is also contributing with a serie of free opera streams such as La Traviata.
Read and read again
- If you’re lucky enough to have a Kindle, consider ebooks, a wonderful invention whose usefulness is more than ever obvious.
- You might not be able to go to the library but some of them have thousands of books you can borrow online. So it might be a good idea to catch up on all the books you were meant to read but never did
- Revise your classics with the application A Text a Day to (re)discover every day on your phone extracts of literary masterpieces.
- Don’t miss out on Zinio‘s catalog, perfect to start exploring new topics.
- Listen to books with Audible, there is something for all tastes and all ages! There are also all the BBC’s podcasts.
(re)Learning to eat
- It’s time to try all the recipes you haven’t had time to tackle. So let’s take a look into how to eat better and then get started. Get the kids involved, that will keep them busy. Our personal fav among the easy and delicious cooking channels? Hervé Cuisine and Deliciously Ella for all the vegans out there.
- Don’t forget to stay hydrated, it’s time to try some new herbal teas or infused waters (with slices of lemon, cucumber, rosemary, thyme, etc.).
Taking care of yourself
- Go for self-massage and its many health benefits, internet is full with tutorials that will guide you in your first steps.
- You can also try making homemade beauty products with honey, sugar, coconut oil, avocado or other natural and accessible ingredients. How about testing homemade cleaning products? It’s good for us and it’s good for the planet!
Tidying, cleaning, sorting
- The famous spring cleaning is here ! We’re all gathered at home, so it’s time to check what we keep, what we give, what we throw away. Clothes, toys, books and other objects, everything must go and everyone will have a say. We almost don’t dare to mention her anymore but you can always draw inspiration from Marie Kondo’s advice or learn more about minimalism, a true philosophy of life.