PE with Joe is back: Here's when, where & how to make your new home workout routine stick

Morgan Fargo
·4-min read
Photo credit: Comic Relief - Getty Images
Photo credit: Comic Relief - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • Joe Wicks' über popular #PEwithJoe series will return from Monday, January 11th

  • Wicks will lead three 20-minute live workouts a week designed for kids and families

  • 'This is so important for our children's emotional and mental health', Wicks shared on social media

Whether you know him from his recent fitness app launch or you've been Body Coaching it from the very, very beginning, you'll know Joe Wicks has energy and motivation by the bucket loads. From his signature shout-motivation to creating challenging high-intensity circuits, his style is well known and well-loved.

And, following the news of another national lockdown, Wicks has announced his mega-popular PE with Joe series will return, helping kids and families to stay fit at home. Starting from Monday, January 11th, Wicks will stream three 20-minute Instagram live sessions a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 am.

'This is so important for our children’s emotional and mental health,' Wicks shared on social media, encouraging followers to share the news far and wide.

So, whether you're one of the already-converted or a parent looking to keep fit whilst the kids are sweating, cop Wicks' top tips to help you stick with your home workout routine. And no, none of them is 'sack it off and watch Netflix'. Sorry about that.

Joe Wicks 5 home workout motivation hacks

1. Commit to half a workout

If you’re having a day when the chocolate digestives are calling louder than the kettlebells, take the pressure off, says Joe –aim to do half the workout you were planning to do. ‘Usually, by the time you’ve got halfway through, the endorphins have kicked in, you start to feel good and decide, “I’m going to finish this.”’ Even if your motivation was flagging before, it’ll appear during the workout and you’ll always feel better having done it.

2. Keep your fit kit handy

The old adage ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ has endured for a reason. Whether it means laying out your workout gear the night before or investing in some equipment to create a makeshift gym in your living room, it’ll take you one step closer to working out.

‘Turn your living space into a workout area where you have maybe a mat, some dumbbells and a skipping rope,’ says Joe. ‘No matter what happens during the day, it’s there ready to go, so it’ll feel easier to find a bit of time to get your body burning some energy and feeling good.’

3. Lead by example

Research shows that children who see their parents exercise regularly are more likely to pick up these healthy habits – one study found that children with active caregivers were five times more likely to exercise – so take your motivation from the fact that working up a sweat will have a positive impact on others, not just you.

‘Children learn from what they see,’ says Joe. ‘Making them see you exercise, smiling and laughing and in a good mood afterwards – that’s incredibly powerful. Even if they only join in for five minutes, encourage them. Say, “Well done, darling, thanks for taking part.”’

4. Reframe your reasons

If you’re moving purely to shift the dial on the scale or change how your body looks in some way, you’re bound to feel less motivated than if you focus on the bigger picture.

Tell yourself: ‘I want to do this today so I feel good, so that I have more patience with my child, a better relationship with my husband or wife, so I can be really energised and happy today,’ says Joe. ‘That’s the reason you should exercise. If, as a by-product, six months later, you look fantastic because you feel strong and you’ve worked at it, happy days.’

5. Do what you can

Don't let being short on time stop you from doing something. 'A lot of people question whether 25 or 30 minutes a day is enough to have a good physique, but it works for me,' says Joe.

'I want a short, effective workout that I can fit around family life and HIIT training gives you that buzz, it makes me feel good and helps keep me lean.' Work your muscles to fatigue and you'll benefit from extra calorie afterburn, known as EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) for up to 10 hours afterwards.

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