Staying active

Exercising during and as we move out of the coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for many people. But it’s important for your physical and mental health to stay active.

Exercise can help reduce stress and make you feel more positive and energised. And by building or maintaining your strength and balance, you’ll find it easier to do daily tasks and move around.

All activity is good for you, but more is better

To stay healthy, it’s recommended that everyone does some physical activity each week – at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity.

These things all count towards your weekly target – dancing, playing with children, walking up the stairs, housework, gardening, walking, yoga, tai chi, golf, and bowls.

If local gyms or leisure centres are closed, or if it’s difficult for you to get out, take advantage of the many free online exercise classes on the NHS website.

Sit less and move more

Break up the amount of time you spend sitting every 30 minutes  by standing or walking whenever you’re on the phone, dancing around your home like no one’s watching, doing your housework, gardening or completing a few strength and balance exercises throughout the day.

You’ll find more information on keeping active and healthy living on the NHS inform website.

Improve your strength and balance

If you have been unable to be active at home, or feel more unsteady on your feet than you used to, try doing some strength and balance exercises to build up your muscle strength before going outdoors.

Getting active with a disability or mobility issue

You can still exercise if you have a disability or have difficulty getting around. You’ll find information and advice on the NHS website.

Getting it right

It’s important to make sure the type and intensity of activity you choose is appropriate for your level of fitness, disability or health condition. Speak to your GP if you have any concerns about exercising.

Online help to keep active

Here are some resources you can use to keep active: