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Coronavirus: UK launches new #StayInWorkOut fitness campaign for all ages

The campaign is being supported by fitness coach Joe Wicks, who has started giving virtual PE lessons

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, teaches the UK's school children physical education live via YouTube on March 23, 2020 from his home in London, England. Joe took to YouTube Live in response to the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen school children around the UK sent home. To keep the nations children active Joe will be teaching PE lesson's every week day from 9AM this week. (Photo by The Body Coach via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, teaches the UK's school children physical education live via YouTube on March 23, 2020 from his home in London, England. Joe took to YouTube Live in response to the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen school children around the UK sent home. To keep the nations children active Joe will be teaching PE lesson's every week day from 9AM this week. (Photo by The Body Coach via Getty Images)

After the Body Coach Joe Wicks became PE teacher to millions of children across the world, a UK-government backed campaign has been launched to keep everyone active during the coronavirus lockdown.

Sport England is offering a number of indoor workout options online through the campaign Join the Movement for people of all ages. The workouts will include some that are targeted at elderly and less mobile people.

A new website will act as a hub for fitness experts and coaches to share their collective resources.

British sporting stars including Olympian Greg Rutherford and England footballers Rachel Daly and Millie Bright are supporting the initiative.

The campaign came after Wicks began live-streaming physical education classes to homeschooled children on YouTube.

And fans of the Body Coach will be pleased to know he has also been recruited by Sport England for the campaign.

People can share their experiences on social media with the hashtag #StayInWorkOut.

"The mental and physical health benefits of exercise are more important than ever, so we must find new ways of keeping active whilst staying safe at home,” UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden said.

"I welcome Sport England's contribution here with fun and innovative ways to keep moving, whether that’s through online home workouts or making the most of the once-a-day outdoor exercise."

Updated: March 26, 2020 09:06 PM

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