As of the 17th of May, some restrictions have eased in Calderdale and for the whole of England as part of the National Roadmap.
With the easing of restrictions, there will be more opportunity to be physically active. Keeping active is incredibly important for our physical and mental health, but we must remember to do so safely, limiting the impact on passing the virus between people. Remember the 5 big things:
- Keep our distance and limit mixing with people we don’t live with.
- Wear a face covering where necessary, unless medically exempt.
- Self-isolate if we test positive or are a contact of someone who has tested positive.
- Meet others outside where possible, and if not then let the fresh air in.
- Book our vaccine when we are invited by the NHS.
Getting Active Outdoors
The latest guidance from the government is clear that we are permitted to take unlimited exercise outdoors:
- by yourself
- in a group of no more than 30– you must remain socially distanced from anyone who is not from your household or bubble.
You can also take part in formally organised outdoor sports or licensed physical activity with any number of people. This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment.
Informal sport and physical activity is not subject to the same rules, and must be in groups no larger than 30, social distancing and household restrictions apply.
As in the previous step of the roadmap, all outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, sports pitches, outdoor skateparks and outdoor swimming pools are permitted to reopen. Check the Calderdale Council service updates page to make sure that sites are open. Remember, you must continue to maintain 2 metres social distancing from anyone not from your household, except where formally organised sessions have specific approval.
The risk of transmission of COVID-19 is lower outside. There are also many additional benefits of exercising outside compared to indoors, especially in local parks and green spaces. Although, we are still advising people to avoid crowded places, even if they are outside, as it may be difficult to social distance.
Keeping active Indoors
Changes from the 17th of May allow for indoor gatherings of up to 6 people (or larger groups made up of no more than 2 households). Facilities such as leisure centres, gyms and indoor swimming pools can open for organised indoor adult and children sport and physical activity (including exercises classes) subject to sport-specific guidance.
For details on which Calderdale Council facilities are reopening, see Sport Calderdale.
Even though we now have more opportunities to exercise in public indoor settings, it’s important to remember that exercising outdoors reduces the risk of transmission.
Exercising at home also remains a good way to keep fit whilst minimising the risk of transmission. There are plenty of ways to stay active in the home, even for those who are considered to be extremely vulnerable, so long as they're fit and able to do so.
See below for a list of resources for people of all levels to try at home.
For those who want a more leisurely pace:
- Together with partners, we created the Active At Home Booklet for Calderdale - filled with handy tips to get moving at a slower pace.
- Living Streets have created a fun #Try20 checklist for you to take out on a 10-minute walk around your local area.
- The NHS 'One You' campaign has a range of free apps for keeping mentally and physically well
- The NHS 'One You' campaign also has a range of entry-level workout videos.
- The NHS have also created these simple exercises for:
- 'Move it or Lose it' have several follow-along videos for chair-based and simple activities on their Facebook page. You can tune in to their live broadcast, or watch them whenever you're ready.
- You could join the 'Make Movement Your Mission' Facebook group for 3 live videos of 10-minute exercises every day!
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
- Cerebral Palsy Sport have put together a wellbeing guide including nutrition tips and exercise
For those who want to get a sweat on:
- Our very own Marie Conway has a "Take Ten" ten-minute session for you to try to break up your day.
- 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:
- Yorkshire Sport Foundation and leading national organisations are working with Physical Educators from across the country to support parents to teach PE at home.
- You could download the 50 things app - it has plenty of ideas for things that you can do in the home.
- Active Imaginations have some great videos to give you ideas for all sorts of activities.
- 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
- This Girl Can have a range of ideas to keep active with children, babies and pets too.
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!
- Mind have compiled a list of resources to help you manage your mental wellbeing - including being active.
- Going out for a cycle? Bikeability have put together a guide to keep you safe whilst cycling during the lockdown.
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.