Daily Routine: Five things to do - 1 May

Stay strong with Olympic Channel's top 5 things to try at home during lockdown this Friday, including an assault course, a virtual tennis event, and some series to binge watch in recovery mode over the weekend.

It's May!

Congratulate yourself on surviving probably the most bizarre April of your life, and for unlocking the month of May.

Many people are excited to welcome the fifth month of the year, because a chunk of the world kicks off with a public holiday to celebrate International Workers Day (also known as Workers' Day or Labour/Labor Day in some countries), and often referred to as May Day.

So we've put together an extra packed selection of things to do this long weekend, even while staying at home.

Here are our five things for today…

1) Take it outside (if you can)

If you have the luxury of a garden where you live, then make the most of it, with an "assault course".

If not, you can make your own indoor version.

Warm up for this exercise by pushing all your furniture to one side, in the process of setting up your own course.

Australian high jumper Nicola McDermott has been proving that a little imagination can go a long way.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist made full use of her backyard, as well as the tree growing in it, to create her obstacle challenge, which she smashed though in "record time."

So what kind of course can you set up in your self-isolating space?

2) Stretch! And then sit back and watch

It's hard to pass the day without spending some time watching your favourite series or movie.

This weekend, how about having a look through our collection of our gymnastics themed original series.

From the likes of Olympic gold medallist Laurie Hernandez exploring the boundaries of gymnastics in Is It Possible, to learning about the rise of Tokyo 2020 hopeful Giorgio Villa in Heroes of the Future, to the story behind India's most promising gymnast Dipa Karmakar in Shakti, and of course our our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at three top stars from USA, China, and Russia in All Around.

But before you slouch on the couch, be sure to get in a good stretch and limber up for the gymnastics themed binge-watch.

3) Go for a ride... indoors

With self-isolation restrictions in place around the planet, many people haven't been able to venture too far away from their homes.

But that hasn't stopped this cycling enthusiast (and filmmaker) from going on a trek, all whilst staying within the four walls of his apartment.

Malaysian Quek Shio Chuan put together a captivating stop motion clip that most road cyclists can relate too, which sees him take the harsh sun, ride in the rain, and push on into the night.

He kindly shares the secret of how it was all put together too, so if you've plenty of time on your hands this long weekend, why not give it a go?

Quek also has proved that he has the skills to make music using only the sounds from his bicycle in his attempt to #staysane.

And it's not a bad tune to dance through this weekend either.

4) Take in a musical, or a few

The free Broadway entertainment courtesy of Andrew Lloyd Webber continues, with a huge musical event that celebrated some of his biggest hits.

The British composer's YouTube page, "The Shows Must Go On!" will stream the 1999 gala at London's Royal Albert Hall in honor of his 50th birthday.

It was an event that featured huge stars, like Glenn Close and Sarah Brightman, performing songs from his most iconic shows, like Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and of course The Phantom of the Opera.

Webber was also responsible for composing the music for "Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life)", a song written for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

So while you wait for his latest offering to begin at 7pm UK time, head to our YouTube page and watch Sarah Brightman and José Carreras perform the song during the closing ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games

5) Practice your virtual tennis swing

While you might not be able to take to a tennis court this weekend, that shouldn't be an excuse not to work on your game.

Stars all over the world have been practicing their virtual swing, and so should you.

Some of the best in the business will put their skills to use in this Sunday's celebrity Mario Tennis Aces tournament.

Serena and Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka, and Kei Nishikori are some of the big hitting tennis players who will take part in the Stay at Home Slam, in a bid to raise money for their favourite charities which will be broadcast on Facebook Gaming’s page. There's also a bunch of A-listers from other industries taking place too.

This won't be the first time that professional athletes compete in an e-sports event, however the twist in Mario Tennis Aces is that the tennis stars and their celebrity partners will compete as game characters.

In the Nintendo version of the game, players can gain energy by performing trick shots and can use ice rackets, shell rackets, or flame rackets.

And if Serena's latest social media post is anything to go by, she is a force to be reckoned with, no matter which character she picks.

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