Latest Government Guidance on Being Active During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. However, it remains as important as ever that we keep moving and that we remain physically active, for both our health and mental wellbeing. This is a stressful time for all, so let go of some of that stress by connecting with and moving your body.

Following the latest Government guidance (Friday 27 March 2020), here’s a quick guide on being active during the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Taking daily exercise is one of four reasons to leave your household
  • You can do one form of exercise each day, for example a walk, run, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • Minimize time outside
  • Keep at least 2 metres or more away from anyone outside of your household at all times. This will stop the virus spreading
  • When you return home, wash your hands
  • You can do exercises, daily chores and activities at home as well, and these should be encouraged
  • There are also lots of online resources that have been made available for free such as the daily PE lessons being provided by Joe Wicks on his Body Coach YouTube channel
  • All children and adults should do as much exercise and activity as possible
  • Build exercise and activity time into your day at regular intervals
  • Break up periods of not moving by changing where you are sitting, moving about, doing some chores, going outside if you can, don’t get stuck in one place
  • If you are self-isolating, for example over 70, pregnant or have an underlying health condition, but feel well, you can also go outside with the same caveat of keeping your distance from others
  • If you are self-isolating with symptoms, or someone in your household has them, you shouldn’t leave home but that doesn’t mean you should stop moving. It’s really important to use movement and activity as a way of breaking up your routine, if you feel well enough. Cook, play active games, dance, go into the garden if you’ve got one
  • If you are unwell – use your energy to get better and don’t try to be active. If you can get out of bed, then do so but don’t try to do too much
  • Finally, if you are feeling better after having had the virus, return to your normal routine very gradually and make sure to have additional rest periods during and after exercise

Exercise and Having Fun Safely

If you’re unsure about your ability, please be careful when attempting the exercises linked to from this page. Make sure you warm up and cool down to prevent injury, and make sure you keep hydrated. Stop the exercises immediately if you feel faint or unwell – sit down and drink some water – and if you still feel dizzy or unwell, considering consulting your doctor by phone.

Looking after your physical and mental health is really important and any activity you can do will help. Daily activity will help your wellbeing, manage stress, promote positive feelings and sleep and is a chance to have some fun. #StayInWorkOut

You can read the latest official guidance on social distancing here and guidance on staying at home and away from others here.

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