Due to the 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 ensure our communities get active and look after their 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.
The government has announced their plans for the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Please see their response and timeline for lifting the national lockdown restrictions here.
Sport England are also continually updating guidance on the new rules and what these mean for sport and physical activity across the country – please see their latest advice here.
Join the movement
Join the Movement is Sport England’s 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.
We are also encouraging people to share a #HealthySelfieSussex when they are either on a walk, a run, or doing any form of exercise during lockdown and beyond, to inspire others around them to get moving.
Played On Demand
Played Limited have a online tool full of FREE video workouts for adults, children, older adults and people with long term conditions and disabilities. You can search for an ideal workout at a time that works for you.
Sport England support for projects and organisations
Sport England have shared advice and resources for keeping your project or organisation going through coronavirus and how you can help to keep the nation active. Visit the webpage here.
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.
Sussex Cricket have created a mental health and wellbeing hub to help you find hope and local support in Sussex during these challenging times.
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.
Mind have also created an A-Z list of activities to help you get active at home and outdoors. There is something for everyone at all levels
and many are equipment free – have a look here.
Recoving from Covid-19
The Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust has put together some Rehabilitation Resources with exercise, advice and guidance to support patients recovering from Covid-19. It highlights how to improve your strength and balance if you have been off your feet and unwell for a while and how to safely return to sport when you feel well enough with a simple flow diagram.
Please note that we are continually updating our Active at Home pages, adding new information and resources as things progress and change with the coronavirus outbreak.