The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented in modern times, with the official advice to follow on social distancing and avoid non-essential travel – including working from home if you can – which means our routines are changing.
If you’re now working from home or self-isolating, remember to stick to your normal everyday routines as much as possible. Wake up when you normally would, eat when you normally would and exercise regularly.
Physical activity matters during this period and, actually, we think it’s more important than ever right now. Being active in a way that is right for you can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety and just generally make you feel better.
If you’re mostly in your house at the moment, there are plenty of ways you can stay active. There's a wealth of free online content to help you get active, if you feel well – we're collating some of this and are encouraging people to share some of the best ideas they find online using the Sport England campaign #StayInWorkOut.
Keep an eye on this page, because we’re going to add even more helpful resources as time goes on. Be sure to let us know if you’ve spotted a different way of exercising, too! If there’s something fabulous that we haven’t listed below, we’d love to share it with others.
There'll be plenty more to say in the days and weeks ahead.
The Chief Medical Officer’s own physical activity guidance highlights the benefits of maintaining muscle strength, balance and flexibility.
These specific exercises are great for all ages, but particularly if you’re over 65:
You can still get active outside, just remember to keep your distance from other pedestrians, the advice is to stay at least two metres (three paces) away from people when you’re out and about.
In case you aren’t sure, here’s some helpful advice on social distancing.
Go for a run, a bike ride, a brisk walk, or enjoy a leisurely dog walk.
Our Leisure Centres are closed following the Governments Advice, for information about your membership or booking please look on the Leisure Centre’s website.