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Daily Drop-in: Sunday 19 April
How to quickly feel more energised

When you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which make you feel happier and more energised. That’s why the best thing you can do while staying at home is to make time to exercise daily.

Burpees (or squat thrusts) are one of the best full-body exercises you can do at home - they require little space, no equipment, and can be adjusted to suit your fitness level.

To get a quick but effective home workout, just do 2 sets of 15 to 24 reps.*

Here’s how to do a burpee.

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms by your sides.
  2. Sink your bottom back and lower yourself into a squat position.
  3. Tip your body forward to place your hands on the floor.
  4. Kick both your legs back into a plank position (if this is too challenging you can step your legs back 1 at a time).
  5. Jump or step your legs forward to return to a squatting position.
  6. Stand up straight.

*Only exercise if you have no symptoms and/or if a doctor has told you it’s safe to do so.

Quote of the day

Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere. -- Erma Bombeck

Relaxing sounds to fall asleep to

Are you finding it harder to fall asleep these days?

You may find it useful to listen to calming music as you prepare for sleep. Studies show that listening to relaxing music before bed can help you to fall asleep faster, sleep for longer and have a more restful night.

Simply click play, and you may just fall asleep in no time at all.

Today's choice

Keep kids entertained with free audiobooks

Audiobooks are more popular than ever, and a huge range of children’s stories are now available to stream online for free. Whether you have kids to keep entertained or you'd just like to embrace your inner child, there's something for you at Audible Stories.

Here you'll find a collection of titles spanning 6 different languages. So get listening, imagining and connecting - no matter where you are in the world.

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