Calderdale Council’s Active Calderdale people have come up with a comprehensive guide to keeping fit and exercising during the Coronavirus lock-down. Here’s their advice:
Lots of us are now working from home, distancing ourselves from large gatherings, or generally changing our routines. It can be easy to let physical activity slide – but we really shouldn’t! In fact, at times like these, it is more important than ever to keep active, to keep ourselves physically well, as well as to improve our mental well being.
Current Government advice is that we’re able to go outside for a walk, run or cycle once per day provided we meet the latest rules on staying at home and keeping away from others and that you do not fall into one of the extremely vulnerable groups listed in the government guidance on shielding.
If you’re unsure on what you are and aren’t allowed to do in terms of exercise, we’ve produced a list of exercise FAQs, which you can download below.
There are plenty of ways to stay active in the home too, even for those who are extremely vulnerable, so long as they’re fit and able to do so.
For the latest information and updates on COVID-19 in Calderdale, visit the Calderdale Council COVID-19 dedicated page.
We’re compiling a list of all of the ways to keep active, and we’ll be keeping it up to date with government advice.
For those who want a more leisurely pace:
- The NHS ‘One You’ campaign has a range of free apps for keeping mentally and physically well – and they’re all free!
- The NHS ‘One You’ campaign also has a range of entry-level workout videos.
- If you’re an older adult looking for ways to keep active at home ‘Move it or Lose it’ have information and a resource pack
- The NHS have also created these simple exercises for:
For people with long term conditions or disabilities:
- We Are Undefeatable have a range of exercises, tools, and videos to inspire those with a long term condition to keep active.
- Change4Life accessible activities for children and young people with disabilities
- The Activity Alliance have compiled resources for helping those with disabilities to get active at home
For those who want to get a sweat on:
- The NHS have a range of ‘Gym-free’ workouts, which come in a handy poster format.
- You could follow an NHS yoga workout to improve strength and tackle stress
- Try Joe Wicks 7 days of sweat or have a look into some local personal trainers on social media
- Have a look on YouTube or other social media channels for free videos, there are loads of options out there!
For those who want to get active as a whole family:
- Looking to get active with your children too? Change 4 Life have some ideas for you.
- Ready Set Ride have some fantastic videos and tips for helping teach your kids to ride a bike.
- The GoNoodle YouTube channel has hundreds of fun little videos to dance along to
- For a little mindfulness, try Cosmic Kids Yoga
- For all the Disney lovers out there, there’s the This Girl Can Disney dance-along
For more ideas from others:
- Sport England have compiled a fantastic list of ways to keep active for people of all levels of fitness.
- Yorkshire Sport Foundation have a great list, with guides for working from home too.
- This Girl Can have loads of great videos, tips and ideas – and they’re not just for girls!
Help spread some positive messages to everyone in Calderdale!
Share how you’re getting active on Twitter & Instagram using #ActiveCdale! We’ll be sharing all the photos & videos on there to inspire others.