How to stay fit during lockdown

How to stay fit during lockdown

Fitness centres and sports clubs are closed for now. But that doesn’t mean we should all become couch potatoes. Exercise is important and good for the immune system.

Do you have stiff muscles after a day working from home? A workout in your living room will work wonders. Do you want to blow off steam and clear your head? A walk out in the fresh air can make all the difference.

A healthy mind in a healthy body, that’s the ticket! With these Brussels initiatives you will be in top shape in no time.

  • Online yoga

    Yoga is an ideal outlet. Whatever the variety: Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Pilates and so on. For yoga lovers and the curious, several Brussels yoga centres offer online courses. Roll out your mat, focus on your breathing and become one with the universe. Namaste!

    The Swedish method

    For those who miss the gym, Swedish company Friskis&Svettis Brussels is offering a range of free video training courses. Alone, as a couple or with the whole family, you can get some exercise thanks to their Facebook or YouTube page. Available in English.

    Keep moving

    You can cycle, jog or run with Keep Moving. What's more, it can be used to give nursing staff a boost! Connect your smartphone or sports application to Keep Moving and be part of a free online community. You earn a unique virtual badge for each completed virtual event. Get a warm feeling inside when you send your badge to a carer via social media.

    Laughing as sport is healthy

    Professeur Postérieur is not your average gymnastics teacher, and that’s putting it mildly. With her candy pink outfit and golden locks, she has a unique look. She gives “sprot” classes from her living room with her students. It’s a kind of comedy, “Rocky Horror” way of doing sports. “Don't push yourself too hard (well, just a little bit!),” says Professeur Postérieur. Available in French.

    From “Rosas danst Rosas“ to “You dance Rosas”

    Brussels is famous around the world for contemporary dance. In 1983, dancer and choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and her dance company Rosas put Belgian contemporary dance on the international map with the performance “Rosas danst Rosas”. The choreography has since been performed all over the world. Now it’s over to you: in this video you will learn the dance moves of the Second Movement step by step. Available in English.

    Need some fresh air?

    Are your living room workouts getting on your flatmates’ or downstairs neighbours’ nerves? Then why not go walking, running or cycling in the fresh air? This is allowed with a bubble of up to four people. How about an invigorating jog in the historic city centre to admire its remarkable architecture? Or an enjoyable stroll through one of Brussels' many neighbourhoods? These walks, each lasting about two and a half hours, will help you discover the great variety of Brussels neighbourhoods. You’ll find more do-it-yourself walks here.

    Recharge your batteries in an oasis of green

    Brussels is one of the greenest cities in Europe. Head to one of the many Brussels parks to get a breath of fresh air and take in the beautiful autumn colours.

    The Promenade Verte is a unique 63km route through parks, forests and hidden pockets of countryside in the Brussels-Capital Region. You can walk for hours in the Sonian Forest. This green lung covers more than 50km² and is ideal for a forest hike.

    You can also go to Meise Botanic Garden, located just outside Brussels. Book your ticket for a specific time to avoid crowds.

    Finally, a summary of the rules

    Because a well-prepared sportsman is the best kind of sportsman…

    • You can jog, cycle and use a scooter without a mask provided that you keep a distance of 1.50m between yourself and others.
    • You may meet outside with a maximum of four people. This does not apply to children under the age of 13.
    • Children under the age of 13 may enjoy playgrounds to their hearts’ content, under the watchful eye of one adult per family. The latter is obliged to wear a mask and respectsocial distancing of 1.50m.
    • Fitness equipment in public parks remains available. Here, too, the rule of four applies. For reasons of hygiene, it is important to always disinfect the equipment with sanitiser gel before and after use.