Think twice during the pandemic
According to a report by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) on a YouGov tracker survey more than 300,000 in the UK have quit smoking during the pandemic.
A further 550,000 have attempted to and 2.4 million have cut down. Not only does growing evidence show that quitting decreases your risk of suffering from Covid-19, it also decreases your chances of hospital admittance due to a range of serious health problems. You can protect yourselves, others and lessen the pressure on the NHS by quitting.
With only one daily opportunity to go outside for fresh air and exercise outside, and not necessarily doing the type of exercise you would prefer to do, it’s a great time to try something new. It's so important for your body, stress and anxiety levels, and sleep to keep moving when you can.
For those working from home
Temporary desks are being set up where you can, and they may not be as ergonomic as your office. Desk stretches to ease aches and pains become very important as a prevention measure.
For those with long-term conditions
Developed by 15 leading health and social care charities, We are Undefeatable is an inspiring campaign, which aims to "support and encourage finding ways to be active that work with each person's condition, not against them".
This a great bit of low intensity exercise for all levels of fitness. It benefits the mind and physical fitness, promotes relaxation, it’s also very easy to do at home. We have a popular YouTube channel to suggest below as well as some standout sessions.
Short home workouts
WheelPower have a YouTube channel full of ways to keep fit from your wheelchair.
If you’re looking for even more variety
Explore the newly launched Sport England campaign #StayInWorkOut. They have been bringing together all the free online apps, channels and resources out there, so you can find some options more suited to you.
You can also take this time to complete Couch to 5k which takes around 30 minutes, so easy to complete in your one exercise outside a day.
For the kids…and adults too!
Let’s face it, you’re going to join in too and you’ll be grateful for the distraction - mix it up so you’re all entertained. There are useful activities to slip into your routine or to grab when you’re all out of ideas.
Sport England has partnered up with UK Active to create This Mum Moves Active at Home videos for pregnant women and new mums.
For more activities for children to keep the mind busy, please see our Mental Wellbeing at Home page
For Older Adults – please share these with your older relatives if you can!
Sport England has launched ’10 today’ - 10-minute daily home workouts designed to help older people stay active at home. The easy to follow audio exercise routines are available on demand through BBC Sounds and broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.
'Later Life Training - Make Movement your Mission' sets out to give you some simple ideas and resources to show you how easy it can be to move more; nudge you into regular action a little more than you would have; help you towards developing your moving habit whilst feeling part of a community. Every day at 8am, 12pm and 4pm (currently until 20th April) there are a series of live 10-minute sessions.