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Exercising at home whilst self-isolating

Published on Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Current circumstances are leading many people to self-isolate and look for alternatives to the gym and group sports activities, in order to remain active but from the comfort of their own home.

There are many home work outs that one can do without leaving the house, such as chair triceps dips, table top press ups and living room wall sits.

Sport England have recommended the Couch to 5K work out, which is a nine week programme of podcasts that takes you from sitting on the couch, to running 5K!

The programme consists of three runs per week and can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Pay.

For people over the age of 65, Sport England recommend sitting, strength, balance and flexibility exercises.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure said:

“It’s very important in these unprecedented times that people do what they can to remain active.

“Home workouts and taking a walk/jog outside (whilst social distancing from others) is great for your physical and mental wellbeing, and will help alleviate stress and anxiety that some of you may be experiencing.”

In order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) anyone venturing outside for exercise must stay at least 2 metres from others and follow Government guidelines on social distancing, self-isolation and hygiene, which can be found here

For more information from Sport England on how to stay active at home visit their website: https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home

For more information on the Couch to 5K programme visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/

Get Active for Life will be sharing home work outs and exercise ideas on their social media accounts, so you can follow @activeforlifenb on Twitter and @getactiveforlife on Facebook to join in the conversation.