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Keeping Active during COVID-19

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Page Updated on 14/5/20 16:00

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 wellbeing.

Although we can now exercise outdoors more often, and physical activity is important for our health and wellbeing, it is vital that we all do this safely and follow the national guidance on staying safe outside your home. To limit the further spread of COVID-19 it is still important that we continue to:

  • Stay at home as much as possible. If you have to travel, please avoid the rush hour, only use public transport for essential journeys, and walk or cycle whenever possible.
  • Stay local, and avoid busy places.
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep physically distanced from those who are most vulnerable
  • Always keep a distance of at least 2 metres (6ft) from people outside of your household.

Council Provision:

Calderdale’s parks remain open for people to stay active, but anyone using them must follow the social distancing guidelines at all times.

Play areas are currently still closed and play equipment remains taped off to avoid the risk of infection.

The Council’s running tracks, outdoor gym equipment and sports courts also remain closed whilst it reviews the latest guidance and decides whether it is safe to reopen some services.

More information:

For the latest information and updates on COVID-19 in Calderdale, visit the Calderdale Council COVID-19 dedicated page.

If you are shielding, or showing symptoms of COVID-19, then you should remain indoors, and seek advice from the government website.

For more in depth information on the changes to the rules around physical activity, please see the Sport England Q&A page.

Ways to keep active:

Remember, it’s still important that we stay active. 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.

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:

For people with long term conditions or disabilities:

For those who want to get a sweat on:

For those who want to get active as a whole family:

For more ideas from others:

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.