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Keeping Active during COVID-19

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As of the 4th of January, Calderdale is under new national restrictions. We must stay at home except for very specific circumstances – please see the Calderdale Council website for the most up to date information on both national restrictions and information on local council services.

These new restrictions will be tough for many of us, but rather than focus on the things that we can’t do, we want to celebrate one thing that we can do – keep active at home, and outdoors!

During the lockdown in spring 2020, we surveyed Calderdale residents, and found that 73% of people exercised to manage their physical health and 76% to manage their mental health – it’s really important that we keep active again in this lockdown, to stay strong physically and mentally, and to ease the strain on our frontline workers and NHS.

Getting Active Outdoors

The latest guidance from the government is clear; once per day we are permitted to leave our homes to exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you're legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with one person from another household (going for a walk with someone counts as exercise) - remember to stay 2m apart from anyone outside your household or bubble.

Outdoor places include parks, public gardens, the grounds of heritage sites & playgrounds, be sure to check the Calderdale Council service updates page to make sure that certain sites are open. Also please note that we should not travel outside our local area, and that you cannot meet anyone outdoors for recreation, it must be for exercise only.

We know that fewer people will want to get outdoors during the winter lockdown, but with 47% people who were active outdoors last time also reporting improved mental health as a result, then wrapping up warm and getting out for a walk, run or cycle is a brilliant opportunity that we should all take if we’re able.

Keeping active Indoors

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.

See below for a list of resources for people of all levels to try at home.

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.