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Coronavirus: Staying active at home
Stay active at home
If youíre stuck at home because of coronavirus (Covid-19), or your normal activity has been cancelled, itís still important to stay as active as you can. Even a small amount of activity will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health, and thereís plenty you can do at home Ė here are some ideas to keep you moving.
Everyday activities count!
You donít need gym equipment at home to stay active. Everyday activities such as doing the vacuuming, hanging out the washing, and mowing the lawn all count towards your daily activity levels.
Try to break up long periods of sitting by getting up and moving for at least five minutes each hour. You could put on a home disco with your favourite tunes and have a dance, or walk up and down the stairs.
Home workouts and seated exercise
These easy-to-follow workouts are a great way to get active at home:
If youíd rather follow a video youíll find lots for different ages and abilities online:
As with any kind of physical activity, start slowly and gradually build up the time and intensity of your workouts, and donít forget to warm up and cool down!
Get the whole family moving
Kids need to burn off some energy? Get the whole family moving with these fun, free resources:
Get some fresh air, if you can
The current government advice is that if anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, the whole family needs to self-isolate for 14 days and that means you shouldnít go outside at all.
However, for families who havenít had any symptoms itís still fine to get out for some fresh air, to walk the dog or go for a run, as long as you stay more than two metres away from other people.
Walking and jogging are great for your physical health and have proven benefits for your mental wellbeing.
Mental health and wellbeing
If youíre isolated or just feeling anxious about coronavirus, here are some ideas to look after your mental wellbeing:
Mental health charity Mind has put together detailed advice and information on coronavirus and wellbeing.
Finally, please continue to follow the governmentís guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, by reviewing the advice provided by the NHS.
With thanks to Herts Sports Partnership
Derek Thorpe says "Keep active, wash your hands and stay healthy"