The team here at anyExcuse created anyExcuse’s no excuses guide with the aim of giving everyone a mastersheet packed full of different things to do while in isolation. With lockdown now firmly in place with stricter restrictions we have decided to do a weekly roundup of our top picks from each category! If you haven’t seen the guide yet you can check it out here
TV Show – Lost
Details – Amazon Prime, 118 Episodes
If you are looking for something to get completely engrossed in then Lost is the one for you! For many of us it’s a blast from the past and would have watched it growing up! I for one had forgotten the majority of it so rewatching it has been a real treat. For those who haven’t seen it before it follows the aftermath of a plane crash on an island and the lives of those who survived it.
Movie – I,Tonya
Details – Netflix
Starring the brilliant Margot Robbie, I,Tonya follows the life of figure skater Tonya Harding and her connection to the 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan. Told from the point of view of Tonya, her mother and her ex husband, this turned out to be much better than expected. It sent me down an hour long rabbit hole of googling later to find out more about what happened! A good watch that leaves you wanting more!
Podcast – The Laughs of your life with Doireann Garrihy
Details – Podcasts/Spotify
The Laughs of your Life is a podcast with Doireann Garrihy at helm. Doireann aims to delve into the beauty of having a laugh, speaking to guests from all walks of life. From first memories of laughter to being laughed at to “if I didn’t laugh I’d cry” moments, these markers will shape the interviews, bringing out the best in some of Ireland’s most influential people. Some guests include Brian Dowling, Mary Kennedy, Francis Brennan and many more!
Health and Fitness – Sworkit
Details – IOS and Android
With lockdown in place we are trying to adjust to our new normal and with Easter now behind us now is the perfect time to concentrate on getting a bit fitter! Sworkit means to simply work it. Your body was built to move daily and we’ve designed an innovative experience that makes it easy, enjoyable, and, yes, simple, to do just that. You can completely customise your plan and levels so you can make the most of it, no matter what level you are at!
Social Channels – Stacey Solomon
Details – Instagram
If you are looking for some wholesome positive content then look no further than Stacey Solomon. Stacey rose to fame after her stint on X-factor and I’m a celeb and is a regular on Loose Women these days. Stacey tells it how it is managing three kids during lockdown with her partner Joe Swash. Her home storage and organisation hacks are also worth their weight in gold!
Recipes – Lean in 15 By Joe Wicks
Details – Amazon (Downloadable)
This is perfect for those of us who may have over indulged over the Easter weekend! Lean in 15 – The Shift Plan features a hundred recipes for nutritious, quick-to-prepare meals – including his bad-boy burrito and oaty chicken – and guides you through Joe’s signature HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) home workouts – revealing how to combine food and exercise to ignite intense fat-burning. It will teach you how to fuel your body with the right food at the right time so you burn fat, build lean muscle and never go hungry.
Children’s Activities – GoNoodle
Details: GoNoodle Website
GoNoodle inspires all kids to be active and mindful with a wide range of offerings that appeal to kids’ different ages, interests, skills, and abilities. It’s designed to benefit kids’ physical wellness, academic success, and social-emotional health. GoNoodle engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
Books – How to Be Right
Details – By James O’Brien (downloadable on Amazon)
In the bestselling How To Be Right, James provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue, James shows how people have been fooled into thinking the way they do, and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards. If you ever get cornered by ardent Brexiteers, Daily Mail disciples or little England patriots, this book is your conversation survival guide.
Online Courses – What is a mind? (Free)
Details – Click here to view course
What is a mind? This question has perplexed philosophers, scientists, historians and ordinary people across time and cultures. This free online course will bring together learners and practitioners interested in how the mind works. It aims to build bridges between traditionally antagonistic approaches to understanding the mind.