Lots of us are now working from home, distancing ourselves from people outside of our households, and leaning to adjust to the new normal in various ways. 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.
The latest guidance from the Government allows us to exercise outside of the home more often and for longer, as well as in groups of up to six people, so long people from different households observe social distancing and remain 6ft/2m apart at all times. Activities like walking, running, cycling, and non-contact sports where it’s possible to distance can all be enjoyed. If you’re looking for specific information please read the full guidance for phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England.
Another significant change is that guidance has been updated for those who are in our shielding groups - find the latest guidance on the government website.
Although these changes give us more opportunity, 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.
Calderdale’s parks remain open for people to stay active, but anyone using them must follow the social distancing guidelines at all times.
Calderdale Council leisure and sports facilities will be starting a phased reopening of some sites from the 9th of September, check our service disruption page for updates, and do not try to use any of the facilities until they are listed as open.
Be sure to visit the websites or contact any privately owned facilities to check if they’re open before use.
For the latest information and updates on COVID-19 in Calderdale, visit the Calderdale Council COVID-19 dedicated page.
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:
- Living Streets have created a fun #Try20 checklist for you to take out on a 10-minute walk around your local area.
- Calderdale's own Tai Chi Tigers have produced some follow-along YouTube videos.
- The NHS 'One You' campaign has a range of free apps for keeping mentally and physically well - and they're all free!
- The NHS 'One You' campaign also has a range of entry-level workout videos.
- The NHS have also created these simple exercises for:
- If you want to take up some gardening but you’re new to it don't worry, Gardeners’ World has a really useful guide to get you going!
- '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
- If you're a member of Calderdale Leisure Centres, then you might be missing your Les Mills sessions - everyone can try them for free here.
- 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
- Now the kids are at home, why not get them outside and teach them about the world of gardening? Have a look at these 10 top tips on gardening with children.
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.