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BBC will keep nation healthy during third lockdown with help of Joe Wicks

The nation has been plunged into a third lockdown amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

And the BBC plans to keep everyone fit and healthy throughout the latest lockdown, with the assistance of famous faces from the sport and entertainment industry.

The network are launching a weekday segment BBC Breakfast: Lockdown Life on January 11, which will see stars give top tips to keep the body and mind active.

Stay fit: The BBC will keep the nation healthy during the third lockdown, with the help of some celebrities – including The Body Coach’s Joe Wicks (picturing during PE with Joe Wicks)

The Body Coach Joe Wicks, who was awarded an MBE in October after hosting live workouts during the first lockdown and raising £580,000 for the NHS, will start the series at 7.50am on BBC One.

The fitness star, who has 2.57million YouTube subscribers, also claimed a Guinness World Record for live streaming after one of his online classes attracted almost a million viewers.

Joe’s appearance will be followed throughout the week by rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield, Olympian Adam Peaty and Premier League footballer Tyrone Ming.

CBeebies’ Maddie Moate and her partner Greg Foot are also set to join BBC Breakfast on a regular basis to give advice about homeschooling and fun activities for kids.

Covid: The BBC are launching BBC Breakfast: Lockdown Life on January 11, which will see stars, such as Kevin Sinfield (pictured in July 2018), give tips to keep the body and mind active

Covid: The BBC are launching BBC Breakfast: Lockdown Life on January 11, which will see stars, such as Kevin Sinfield (pictured in July 2018), give tips to keep the body and mind active

The fitness segments, which are suitable for viewers of all ages, will be available on BBC iPlayer and BBC Breakfast social media channels for viewers to revisit any time.

But it is not the only show set to help the nation keep fit and healthy while being told to ‘stay home’ amid the latest lockdown, as Morning Live is set to return to BBC One.

Starting from 9.15am on January 25, presenters Gethin Jones and Kym Marsh will be joined every day by a popular Strictly Come Dancing professional.

Strictly judges Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel-Horwood, and pros such as Amy Dowden, Gorka Márquez and Janette Manrara will get the nation moving with specially designed workouts.

Strictly pros Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice, Anton Du Beke Johannes Radebe and Nadiya Bychkova are also among those set to bring their own flare to the workouts. 

Fitness: BBC One's Morning Live will see Gethin Jones and Kym Marsh joined by Strictly Come Dancing stars, including judges Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel-Horwood (centre and right)

Fitness: BBC One’s Morning Live will see Gethin Jones and Kym Marsh joined by Strictly Come Dancing stars, including judges Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel-Horwood (centre and right)

While Strictly’s Oti Mabuse, who won the latest series with celeb partner Bill Bailey, will host Oti’s Boogie Beebies from January 18 to get infants dancing in their homes. 

The BBC will also be hosting fitness sessions specifically directed at kids and young adults, with Mark Wright set to lead routines for secondary school children.

He will be joined by a flood of his celebrity pals as they host energising sessions on BBC Two and iPlayer to encourage teenagers to keep active amid lockdown.

During the first lockdown, Mark, 33, hosted live workouts on his Instagram account every weekday morning at 9am and is joining the BBC to help even more people. 

The TV presenter said: ‘When I started training on Instagram during the first lockdown, I could not believe how many people joined in with me – to make even a small positive difference was so rewarding.

Get dancing! While Strictly's Oti Mabuse, who won the latest series with celeb partner Bill Bailey, will host Oti's Boogie Beebies from January 18 to get infants dancing in their homes

Get dancing! While Strictly’s Oti Mabuse, who won the latest series with celeb partner Bill Bailey, will host Oti’s Boogie Beebies from January 18 to get infants dancing in their homes

‘To continue this journey and team up with the BBC to help motivate teens to get healthy and to get moving is something that I’m really proud to be a part of.’

Primary school students will also have the chance to get involved with the BBC’s fitness craze, as CBBC’s BBC Bitesize Daily will host a daily Super Mover session.

The morning sessions will not only help younger children stay fit and active, but also provide them with curriculum linked videos to aid their homeschooling.

The BBC Sport website has launched a dedicated ‘staying active in lockdown’ area, which will give handy tips for working out at home and new activities to try in 2021.

The popular Couch to 5K app, which already had 1.5million downloads amid the pandemic, is also set to make a comeback in the latest lockdown.

Children: The BBC will also be hosting fitness sessions specifically directed at kids and young adults, with Mark Wright set to lead routines for secondary school children

Children: The BBC will also be hosting fitness sessions specifically directed at kids and young adults, with Mark Wright set to lead routines for secondary school children

The broadcasters are also set to target the older generation by replaying exercise programmes from January 11 and making 10 Today available via BBC Sounds.

The ten-minute exercise programmes are designed to get elderly people more active in their homes and improve mental health as people are told to ‘stay at home’. 

BBC Chief Content Officer, Charlotte Moore said: ‘Now more than ever, it’s so important to stay active and healthy. 

‘Our range of BBC fitness programming is suitable for viewers of all ages and will provide vital support to parents and children in lockdown as well as creative ideas to keep moving and stay fit from home.’ 


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