Joe Wicks’s home workouts for seniors are great for lower-impact exercise

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, has earned himself millions of online followers for his Lean in 15 cooking videos on Instagram and his at-home living room-friendly workout routines on Youtube.

Ever since the UK government announced the nationwide lockdown back in March, the fitness instructor has become the nation’s unofficial PE teacher, serving up free live follow-along workouts every weekday morning, with each video attracting millions of views.

Starting at 9am every morning with his signature infectious enthusiasm in tow, even breaking his hand hasn’t stopped the man from delivering his inspiring daily workouts, roping in his wife, Rosie, to stand in as a ‘substitute teacher’ while he lets his hand recover.

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While originally launched as stand-in PE classes for kids who are missing school, anyone can join in on the 30 minute workouts, which are designed to get your heart rate up and cause you to get a sweat on while having some fun.

But for those looking for something a little gentler, Joe has also started another series of lower impact home workouts. Aimed at seniors, the workouts are perfect for anyone with a lower range of mobility or who is new to exercising. There are five videos in the series so far and all are just 10 minutes long, making it super easy to incorporate them into your day.

There are two chair-based workouts to follow along with, which involves moves such as shallow squatting onto a chair, using cans of beans as light dumbbells and mobility-boosting stretches. There’s also a less strenuous version of his daily PE lessons, including moves such as marching, gentle boxing moves and low-impact squats – perfect for raising your heart rate without putting unnecessary strain on joints.

For those who feel ready to take things to the next level but still keep it gentle, there are two full-body seniors HIIT workouts (that’s high intensity interval training) led by Joe on the channel too. With no movement lasting more than 30 seconds, they’re a great way to get fit in a safe and structured way.

While the workouts should be suitable for most people, each video is preluded with a quick advisory disclaimer from Joe, saying: ‘Regular exercise is amazing for your health and wellbeing and all workouts on The Body Coach TV are designed for guidance, motivation and educational purposes.

‘No information on this channel should be taken as medical or professional health advice. Please consult a doctor or medical professional if you are unsure about the suitability of this or any of the workouts on this channel.’

The videos have been a huge hit already, with participants posting hundreds of messages of praise and thanks to the fitness instructor on Youtube. One comment reads: ‘This is my second week of this exercise. I am now more flexible than when I started. Great to encourage us over 65s to get mobile. From Stirling Scotland.👌’

Another wrote: ‘I’m only 27 but have a muscle disability that means I have issues with mobility and really bad joint pains daily. Your other workouts I have not been able to do with my weak joints due to pain but these are the first ones I’m able to do and already feel better for doing it. Thank you – please keep these coming :)’.