How to stay active while you're at home

Self-quarantining and new government measures have now meant that many individuals and families across Nottinghamshire now need to look at alternative ways of getting physical exercise.

As a team and a wider community, we're trying to build activity into our day as much as possible, and supporting those around us to be active in a way that suits them.

We have gathered the below resources to help those looking for ideas on how to stay active during this period.

Reaching out

We think it's really important to take care of our own and others' mental health too so are taking the time to speak to colleagues during the day, whether this be a work related or informal conversation so please do give one of us a call if you want to have a chat. Our individual numbers can be found here active notts staff

Official guidance

Government guidance

On March 23rd the government announced that people should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Click here for the latest guidance on staying at home.

In these challenging times it's just as important for us all to look after our mental wellbeing as well as our physical health. Going for a brisk walk or a gentle jog is proven to help reduce stress and anxiety as well as having lots of benefits for your body, but ensure that you only go out once a day, don't mix with people outside your household, stick to social distancing guidance, and avoid unnecessary travel by staying in your local area.

If anyone in your household has symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, all household members need to self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days. Click here for the latest advice on self-isolation.

People who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks. Click here for the latest advice on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people from COVID-19.

Join the Movement campaign

Sport England's 'Join the Movement' campaign gives people fun and creative ideas on how to get active at home and encourage them to share their own experiences and join the movement online.

You can share images of the creative ways you're getting active at home using the tag #StayInWorkOut on social media channels, with the best efforts being shared by Sport England and even used in its campaign advertising!

At the campaign's website #Stayinworkout you'll find a range of home workout options – including existing free exercise content and advice from organisations such as the NHS, and workouts from popular fitness brands and influencers such as Les Mills on Demand, Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) and FiiT, many of whom are offering free content and extended trials to help people get easy access to home exercise.

Exercise ideas

Local communities playing their part

Organisations and people in our local communities are all helping to get people active at home, here are some of the opportunities to try.

Please help us find out more

We're currently running a survey to find out about physical activity habits during COVID-19. If you live in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire, we'd love to hear from you. Our survey takes around 10 minutes and those who complete it will be entered into a draw to win £50 shopping vouchers.

Education resources

Further resources

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