How can we all stay active if we’re self-isolating or staying indoors because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?
This is an unprecedented situation, we all find ourselves in new territory. We appreciate that this may feel overwhelming and the uncertainty for the future may feel stressful and anxiety provoking at times. Social isolation can have a huge impact on our daily routine, mood and feelings. You may find yourself feeling low, worried or having problems with sleeping. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which can make you feel worse. The government have issued many guidelines regarding how to look after your physical and mental health during this time. It is important to stay mentally and physically active to remain as healthy as possible. However, it may seem hard to engage in physical activity while complying with social distancing guidelines.
It is recommended that you do 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. This could be adhered to by completing 20-25 minutes of exercise per day. Many household activities – mowing the lawn, decorating, vacuuming or many household cleaning tasks could count towards the low-moderate end of the physical activity guidelines. You can be creative with your exercising; resistance exercise includes anything that offers a resistance to normal movement patterns – this can include lifting items at home (tins, filled bottles or children!).
A number of online videos for such activities can be found on YouTube, such as the beginners’ workout by the Body Coach TV. The workouts vary in intensity and have low-impact beginner versions all the way up to advanced.
This is an opportunity to stay active together, with workouts for the whole family, including children, mums with babies, and those that may only have a small space to workout in. If you were excited to start some new Yoga sessions at Beacon SY, with Willow Tree Yoga don’t give up. There are plenty of Yoga for beginners videos you can access at home and now is the best time to try them.
Links to check out, which direct to some popular exercise channels:
Low Impact beginner’s workout – only 15 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbA2RHjDKaU
For seniors: 10 minutes workout at home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2wp8Ipxn9s
10 minutes Home chair workout for seniors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybVMu31DLQU
From Monday 23rd of March 2020 Joe Wicks will be organising live workout for all families called PE with Joe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8
You could also try the 30 days Yoga challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBu-pQG6sTY
Or if you are a senior or prefer a more gentle session try Chair Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ts01MC2mIo
Remember that keeping a healthy, active lifestyle will also impact positively on your mental wellbeing!