Tom Daley takes on Joe Wicks as he shares home workouts as Olympics is postponed

Tom Daley might not have to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in a couple of months, but he’s not letting his fitness slip just because it’s been postponed by a year. 

The British diver, 25, has been sharing at-home workouts with his fans as he keeps up with hjs own training regimen outside of the pool.

Tom shared photos of him practising diving on dry land (yes that is a thing, apparently), telling his followers: ‘Out of the pool, but still working the movement patterns!’

He also shared videos his followers can workout with at home, telling them: ‘If you’ve been social distancing, as I have been. During these kind of times of isolation, it is important to keep your mental well-being as well as your physical wellbeing in check. 

‘Working out for short periods of time at home can really help with both your mental and physical health. 

‘I have a load of home workouts on my YouTube channel for you to try if you want to keep in shape without a gym! Give them a go and let me know what you think?!’

He added on another home workout video: ‘I know these times are so surreal and social distancing can be really tough. 

‘Mental health is something we all need to be really mindful of in these times, that is why I try to do a home workout each morning to kick start my day. 

‘I am going to be sharing some of them with you! Be sure to save them and share with friend! Enjoy!’

Many celebrities have been using self-isolation to help their followers by sharing their talents and tips with them, and Joe Wicks is another who has been encouraging the nation to get off the sofa and work up a sweat. 

What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation means staying indoors and avoiding all contact with other people for 14 days, according to the NHS.

It means no going to work, school, the shops or even to the park for some fresh air, in order to minimise the risk of passing on Covid-19.

Public transport and taxis are a no-no and you shouldn’t have visitors over, even if you just stay at home.

Anyone in self-isolation is advised to ask friends, family and delivery drivers to pick things up for you and drop them-off. You should put a sign outside telling people you are self-isolating and everything should be left on the floor outside your front door to avoid the risk of further infections.

You should leave a sign outside your property if you have to self-isolate (Picture: PA)

Those who are self-isolating are still advised to stay away from their pets as much as possible and to wash their hands before and after touching them.

If you live in a house share and have to self-isolate, the advice is to stay in your room with the door closed and only emerge to use communal kitchens, bathrooms and living areas if absolutely necessary.

Who should self-isolate?

The government advises anyone returning from Category 1 areas (Hubei, Iran, Italy and Daegu or Cheongdo in South Korea), to go straight home and self-isolate, even if they don’t display any symptoms.

Travellers should use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

Anyone returning from Category 2 areas should self-isolate and call 111 if they have Covid-19 symptoms. You can find the list of those places here.

Joe appointed himself the nation’s PE teacher and runs a daily live class on his YouTube channel to get kids exercising each morning. 

Tom’s also got some unexpected time on his hands as the UK enters its second week of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year. 

The athletics competition was due to take place in Japan in July and August, but due to the uncertainty over the Covid-19 pandemic and the effect it has had on athletes not being able to meet and train with their coaches and fellow competitors, the decision was made to hold it back a year. 

The event will still be called Tokyo 2020, but will take place in July 2021 instead in order to ensure the safety of the athletes and spectators. 

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