Gareth Southgate shares top tips to keep nation fit during coronavirus lockdown
Gareth Southgate will today be sharing with the nation his tips on using tech to keep fit and healthy during the coronavirus lockdown.
The England football manager be coaching the UK on some easy-to-use fitness apps that can help people of all ages manage their physical and mental well-being.
And Three Lions stars Marcus Rashford, Harry Winks and Ben Chilwell will be giving their boss a hand when he appears during TV ad breaks to share his quick and easy tips.
Southgate is the latest addition to BT’s Top Tips on Tech campaign, which aims to help the nation with the digital skills it needs to get through this unique and challenging time.
He will lead a health and fitness-themed episode of the series from his home, which will air during an ad break on today's episode of This Morning and then later during the ITV Evening News. The episode will also be available online.
During the one-off training session, England stars Rashford, Winks and Chilwell will be seen receiving a video call from their manager.
The players will update Southgate on their creative techniques to stay in shape, physically and mentally, including toilet roll keepie-uppies and target practice using tea bags.
The footballers will also discuss how they’ve used technology to keep their up team spirit and have stayed connected with each other, as well as lifting the lid on their music tastes and social media habits.
Southgate has been keeping himself fit during the lockdown, and says it is important to set achievable personal goals.
"Personally I train every day and it’s important to try and take some daily exercise, particularly during lockdown at home," said the 49-year-old.
"I have my own daily routine that I try to adhere to and ensure I’m also eating a healthy, balanced diet, but I think motivation comes from within and that’s why it is important to set your own personal goals.
"I think setting a routine helps the day go quicker but it also gives you the discipline to have to carry out certain elements that are needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
"Set your own personal goals that are realistic and achievable for you. Then try to push yourself that little bit further each day to see improvements."
Asked why he had decided to get involved with BT’s Top Tips on Tech campaign, Southgate said: "The campaign is a good idea for everybody to help actively during this period.
"On most smartphones and apps there is technology that allows us to maintain both physical and mental health and wellbeing."
Asked what technology he uses, he replied: "I have regular calls with my coaching staff and I also speak to the players regularly and of course video conferences with the FA."
While there has been no football since early March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Southgate has had plenty to keep him busy.
The former England defender said: "Having been a professional player and now coach we’re used to being away for long periods in hotels etc preparing for games so it’s important in this time to keep your mind and body active.
"I’ve been using this time to carry out analysis, watching previous games and reviewing data and also working on The FA coaching syllabuses."
Southgate recognises the importance of football and sport to the nation, but says the crucial thing everyone can do at the moment is to stay at home and help the NHS fight the spread of Covid-19.
"During this time, health and wellbeing is more important than anything," he said.
"Whilst we understand the importance that sport plays to our country, right now we need to ensure we are helping the NHS by staying home, staying fit and healthy and staying safe.
"If there’s one positive about lockdown is that we’ve been able to have quality time at home with our family.
"Of course we look forward to be able to visit family and friends in the future when the time is right but right now it’s important to follow the government guidelines to stay home."
Southgate also had a message for some of the inspiring Brits who have been raising money for NHS charities up and down the country – such as Captain Tom Moore, who raised more than £33million by completing 100 laps of his garden to mark his 100th birthday.
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