Download the NHS Strength and flexibility podcasts and get your own personal trainer without the expense. Featuring Laura from the NHS Couch to 5k programme, these podcasts talk you through a series of equipment-free exercises to improve your strength and flexibility. Your goal is to work your way up to podcast 5 in five weeks, by doing each podcast three times a week. By week 5, you’ll be doing press-ups, squats and stretches with ease, feeling stronger, more flexible and full of energy. For those who want to start running, NHS Couch to 5K is another great podcast series to try.
Week 1: Strength and flex
A gentle workout starting with a warm-up followed by a series of strength and flexibility exercises, finishing off with a cool-down. Part of the NHS Strength and flexibility podcast series.
Week 2: Strength and flex
We've made some of the NHS Strength and flexibility Week 2 podcast exercises a bit more challenging and increased the length of your workout. Part of the NHS Strength and flexibility podcast series.
Week 3: Strength and flex
We've added some new moves and increased the difficulty level of some of the exercises in the NHS Strength and flexibility Week 2 podcast. Part of the NHS Strength and flexibility podcast series.
Week 4: Strength and flex
We've introduced some new exercises and stepped up the intensity and length of your NHS Strength and flexibility workout. Part of the NHS Strength and flexibility podcast series.
Week 5: Strength and flex
We've made some of the exercises in the NHS Strength and flexibility Week 5 podcast more challenging, to give you the definitive strength and flexibility workout. Part of the NHS Strength and flexibility podcast series.
Week 5: Strength and flex (no intro)
For those already familiar with the NHS Strength and Flexibility series, this is the Week 5 podcast minus the introduction. Part of the NHS Strength and flexibility podcast series.
Great for beginners starting a fitness programme
After being a couch potato for too many years this is great for beginning, or returning to a fitness programme. It would be good to have a version without all the instructions every time you listen, but this is only a minor detail . I’m enjoying getting back to feeling fitter and healthier.
Great for beginners
Perfectly paced! All the beginners classes I went to were too fast, but this one gives me time to get my posture right, stretch slowly so I’m not damaging anything, and during the first session, I could feel my muscles stretching.
Don’t have access to a rail, so changed this part to working with 1kg weights.
Works for me.
On a mission
Liking the simplicity of these podcasts. Up to Level 2 so far, alternating days with cycling for the aerobic exercise, too. Can really feel the exercises working, particularly when Laura gently reminds you of your stance or positioning. Looking forward to moving up the levels.