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Cometh a third lockdown, cometh Joe Wicks: once more beaming positivity and PE lessons into our lounges. But what about his own mental state? Kerry Potter stretches off and listens to his woes

Is Joe Wicks okay? Shortly before we speak, he posts a video on Instagram in which he breaks down in tears in reaction to the latest lockdown news. ‘When it comes to those announcements, those heavy moments with Boris, they bring me down,’ he sighs, our Zoom call showing him sitting down (unusual) in his airy kitchen in Surrey, fiddling with a satsuma peel (on-brand healthy snack duly noted).

‘You have to understand the way I live my life — I’m constantly working, filming, replying to DMs, giving love and energy to people. I’m so distracted by work and spending time with my wife and kids that I don’t stop to feel anything. But when I watch those announcements, I do have a moment of: “Wow, this is really affecting people.” And that’s when I get emotional.’

“I am the only person in the UK who can do this on a massive scale, I’m the only person who can inspire these kids to get moving”

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“After I cried on Instagram
I got thousands of messages from
people saying, ‘I feel the same’”

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“Keep consistently active to keep on top of your mental health. I don’t care if you’ve got kids or you haven’t got kids, get involved and have fun”

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