Twenty-two athletes will be part of the video series ©Birmingham 2022

A group of 22 English athletes will take part in a new video series with the aim of keeping people active during the country's third lockdown.

The series - called #22for22 - has been launched by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and host nation Team England.

It hopes to get people who are stuck inside moving with each of the athletes demonstrating an exercise which can be done at home.

Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft, a five-time Paralympic champion, and race walker Tom Bosworth, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, are among the athletes who have got involved.

Gymnast Joe Fraser, the reigning parallel bars world champion, is another who has put his name to the project which will see a different video posted on social media over 22 consecutive days. 

England's third lockdown officially came into force on January 6 as coronavirus cases began to surge in the country.

Restrictions, which have confined millions to their homes, are due to remain in place until at least March 8.

Gyms are closed and grassroots sport has been postponed, with outdoor exercise limited to just once per day.

Exercises which are part of the project will not require equipment and could make use of items found around the house.

Examples include holding a plank position on the floor or using a sofa for glute strengthening.

"Stepping outside for our daily exercise is so important right now, but there are certain scenarios when this might not be possible," said Ian Reid, the chief executive of Birmingham 2022.

"Perhaps you're having to self-isolate, or even the mid-winter weather stops you from getting out, so it's just as important that we remember to stay active while we stay at home too.  

"Who better to get inspiration from than a Team England athlete? 

"I'd encourage people of all ages and abilities to give these exercises a go. 

"I'm certainly looking forward to trying them out."

Paul Blanchard, the chief executive of Commonwealth Games England, added: "We are so proud of the athletes taking part in the #22for22 campaign, encouraging their communities to join in and keep active during a time when it's not easy to find motivation. 

"We've seen from events like London 2012 how the power of sport can bring the nation together and hope that Birmingham 2022 can have that impact as we build to what we're sure will be an incredible home Games. 

"We hope these exercises inspire you to get your kit on and try them out."

Bosworth won a silver medal over 20 kilometres at the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in 2018.

"We all know how important it is to keep our bodies and minds as healthy as we can right now but being stuck at home can be challenging," he said. 

"Even just a small dose of exercise every day will not only keep you fit, but it will leave you feeling energised and will do wonders for your mental health too.

"I hope that people see our #22for22 videos and feel inspired to move their bodies. 

"Workouts don't need to be complicated, it's often the simplest exercises that are the best for us."