Due to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many of our usual routines have been disrupted. Where possible people are working from home, self-isolating and practising social distancing. This can mean we aren’t taking part in our usual physical activity routines, exercise classes and sports club sessions.
During this time it is more important than ever to keep being active and looking after your general wellbeing. Keeping active is proven to help reduce stress and anxiety as well as having many benefits for your physical health. Here we’re sharing some great ways that you and your family can keep moving while at home.
Join the movement #StayInWorkOut
Join the Movement is Sport England’s brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.
They are sharing lots of ways you can keep active whilst at home including online resources and gym-free exercises – click here to read more and ‘Join the Movement’
We are sharing local ideas, initiatives, online classes or webinars on our social media platforms. If you are finding great ways to stay active at home please share with us using our local hashtag #StayActiveSussex so we can inspire our communities.
A great example from Brighton Table Tennis Club
Find out how they have been keeping in touch and keeping active during the Coronavirus outbreak…
The government are currently advising that if anyone in your household has symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, all household members need to self-isolate for 14 days and should stay at home. Click here for the latest self-isolation advice.
If you and nobody in your household has had any symptoms it’s still fine to walk the dog or get some exercise outdoors once a day, so long as you are following social distancing guidelines and keeping at least 2 metres away from anyone else. Click here for the latest social distancing advice.
Mental health and wellbeing
As well as looking after your physical health during this time, it is equally important to ensure you are looking after your mental health. Stress and anxiety is likely to be increased during a time of uncertainty and being indoors, without your usual day-to-day structure or social life can have a negative impact on your wellbeing.
Mind have pulled together a dedicated page for ensuring you are taking care of your wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak, including a checklist for being prepared to self-isolate. Click here to find out more.
Please note that we are continually updating our Active at Home pages daily, adding new information and resources as things progress and change with the coronavirus outbreak.