COVID-19 – being active

Being active to keep your body and mind healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that day-to-day life is changing at the moment.

However, one thing that remains the same for most of us is that being physically active is great for our body and mind! In fact, it can actually prevent many illnesses.

You may need to change HOW you get active though, based on the latest government advice. So we’ve pulled together some resources that could help whether you

• are staying at home to self-isolate
(but don’t have coronavirus symptoms)
• are working from home
• have children who aren’t in school
• are practising social distancing generally

Get your heart beating

For kids and families

Mental health and wellbeing

Getting physically active is a great way to look after your mental health. As well as getting moving you might also like to check out these extra resources.

  • Mental health charity Mind has put together detailed advice and information on coronavirus and wellbeing
  • Practise relaxation and mindfulness to boost your mood. Try this mindful breathing exercise from Every Mind Matters, and read hints and tips on mindfulness from the NHS.
  • Gardening can also help tackle depression, stress and anxiety, and reduce high blood pressure, as well as improve your physical health, so it’s a great time to get outside and brighten up your patch. Don’t have a garden? You could try planting some flowers in a window box, growing herbs indoors, or putting out food for the birds where you can watch them from a window.
  • Plan for the future. You could research walks you want to do, plan a new cycle route, or get the kids to make a list of five new activities they’d like to try once the outbreak has passed.

Is physical activity suitable for me if I have a long-term health condition?

This is something that is very much personal to you as an individual and your particular condition. However, this is the advice from the national We Are Undefeatable campaign, which is led by 15 of the major health charities and backed by expertise and insight from Sport England:

‘A small proportion of people with specific conditions who are symptomatic (i.e. with cardiovascular, metabolic or renal disease) may need medical advice. However, most people can take part in low and moderate-intensity physical activity without visiting a healthcare professional first.’

 

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