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Keeping Active during COVID-19

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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.

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.

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.

More information:

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:

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.