How to guide: Stay Active during social distancing

When can we go outside?

We’ve all heard the government advice on social distancing to stay at home and away from others. While we must stay at home for as much time as possible, there are limited reasons why we can go outside. These include shopping for necessities as infrequently as possible, collecting any medication, travelling to work where needed and importantly – one form of exercise a day.

 

Guidelines for staying active

At least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week, around 20 to 30 minutes a day, is recommended to remain fit and healthy. If you are able, you can go for a walk around the block, do some gardening or take the dog around the local park. All you need to remember is to stay at least two metres apart from those living out with your household, so you should avoid crowded places even outside.

 

What if I can’t go outside

There are certain groups of people who are at a higher risk, and therefore are being asked to be particularly stringent with social distancing measures. These include those over the age of 70 and people with underlying health conditions. This can seem daunting, but there are plenty of ways you can still keep active safely whether you are going out or stay in.

With restrictions on where we can go, exercise gurus everywhere are offering online workout classes you can do in your home. A quick internet search will give you 1,001 different ideas of how to stay active at home. From intense cardio to yoga, there is a way for people of all abilities to keep fit and healthy.

However you choose to stay active, just remember – we’re all in this together.