Joe Wicks is bringing back PE with Joe for the new Lockdown

Megan Sutton
·4-min read

From Good Housekeeping

Given that schools are once again closed to the majority of UK children due to coronavirus, parents and guardians are faced with the fact they're going to have to keep kids entertained and burning off energy from largely within the home all over again.

That's a daunting prospect, and everyone is feeling the strain, but hero of the first Lockdown Joe Wicks, is here to help again. Over on his YouTube channel Joe will be leading three live kids workout sessions a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting on Monday 11 January.

Joe had already built up a hugely successful health and fitness empire - and is also a dad of two himself - before PE with Joe turned him into a household name. The free classes wracked up 80 Million views from allover the world, he raised over half a Million pounds for NHS Together, and called it his proudest achievement.

He promised he'd be back if we went into another lockdown and he is. Taking to social media to announce the plan Joe said:

"PE with Joe is back 鉂わ笍馃檶馃徑 Starting Monday the 11th January at 9am on my YouTube channel. I am committing to 3 live sessions per week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am(UK time) They will be 20 minutes long and designed for children."

He continued by asking fans and followers to spread the word: "Please please share this with as many families as you can and let your schools know so they can notify the parents ASAP and we can get as many young children taking part. This is so important for our children鈥檚 emotional and mental health 馃檹馃徏馃實 Lots of love Joe 馃榾"

These sessions will once again be focused on exercise for children and suitable for all ages, and are shorter than the original classes, running for just 20 minutes. But Joe hopes that three shorter sessions will still help.

Telling those watching: "I'm sorry I can't commit to all five days, but I'm hoping that three days is going to help young children and families get through this difficult time when schools are closed. To bring some energy, change their mood, hopefully, lift their spirits and their mental health and just kick their day off three days a week with something positive."

After announcing the new classes, he opened up about his feelings about returning to Lockdown in an emotional Instagram Live. Joe spoke about how hard it is to keep mentally and physically healthy at this time and how upsetting it is thinking about the challenges for families less fortunate than he is now.

Joe said: "I'm so emotional I'm thinking about all the people out there that are struggling, families and kids living in tiny little flats who can't afford healthy food and heat. I was one of those kids, I was living in the council flat 30 years ago when I was a kid and I can't help but feel for the families and businesses that are struggling."

But the main message was one of positivity and support, and the importance of looking after ourselves and each other.

"I'm trying to let you know that it's okay to be upset and feel down right now, and it's okay to not be this really strong person all the time and I think the most important thing is probably just to chat to people, communicate, you know, reach out to your family," said Joe.

Along with communication Joe spoke about why exercise is so important for getting through this time. Saying: "You might just be in a really low state of mind that exercise is the last thing you want to do, but it really is going to help you get through your day help you feel happier. I can't stress how important it is this year to be exercising and moving your body getting out and doing what you can, even if you have to do in your living room, in your bedroom; just do something."

To join in with your kids each morning, just visit Joe's YouTube channel.

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

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