Tips for Keeping Fit and Active

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Posted on24 Jun 2020

We know lockdown has been a tough time to keep active with restrictions in place. Exercise is key to improving our mental as well as our physical health and has offered light relief to many who have been struggling in recent months. Here are some tips for all ages to help keep fit and active as rules are beginning to be relaxed.

Sport England

Sport England launched a campaign at the start of this pandemic called Join the Movement. With loads of great tips on how to keep fit and keep moving with a plan on how to get started - from making small changes like going out for a daily walk, choosing activities you enjoy, making a plan, setting a goal, and lots of links to external websites offering free sessions.

This campaign is aimed at all abilities including handy tips for those with disabilities and long-term health conditions. At the bottom of this page is a downloadable PDF booklet with advice for elderly people shielding at home which includes seated exercises and creative ways to keep active such as dancing, cleaning and gardening. You can find out more information on the Sport England website here.

Image from Public Health England Active at Home Booklet

Joe Wicks the PE Coach

The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, has helped to keep the nation fit and healthy providing free 30-minute online PE lessons Monday to Friday for children of school age since lockdown measures were introduced in March. After providing these sessions for 13 weeks he will now be reducing these to 3 times a week. However, all past sessions are still available for free and are a great way to keep fit as a family without needing outdoor space.

Joe also offers free workout videos for seniors and has a wide range of options to suit all abilities, including beginner and intermediate high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. All of his sessions can be found on his YouTube channel here.

NHS

The NHS has a website dedicated to staying active. The best place to start is with their Couch to 5K plan for anyone wanting to pick up running but not quite sure where to start.

This 9-week plan is available to download as a podcast and alternates walking and running to get you started. There are also lots of other handy exercise tips including 10-minute workouts, how to warm up and cool down, and a whole section on fitness studio videos of aerobic exercise, pilates and yoga, and strength and conditioning. You can find out more information on their website here.

Image from NHS Website

With parks open and groups of 6 being allowed to meet outdoors, socially distanced exercise with friends is a great way to get out into the fresh air to help our bodies and our minds – whether it’s cycling, running, or doing something different like taking part in an outdoor yoga class. Facebook community groups are also a great place to find out what is going on in your local area. If you are part of a fitness group that you think might be of interest to others in your local community, please get in touch with Emma Green, Community Development Officer on email.