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Stay active during lockdown

Stay active during lockdown

Looking for some simple exercises to do at home during lockdown? Staying active is a great way to boost your health (and your mood!) right now.
Physical activity doesn’t just mean playing sports or doing high-impact exercise. It can be as simple as walking, gardening, doing seated exercises or even just moving more while doing your household chores!
Whatever your fitness level and ability, we’ve got plenty of ideas to get you moving.

Why is physical activity important?

Being active every day can help improve both your physical and mental health. Right now, when we’re all spending a lot of time at home, it’s more important than ever to make sure you add a little physical activity into your daily routine.

People who do regular physical activity can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 35%. And there are plenty of other benefits too, including helping to improve your breathing and reducing stress and anxiety levels.

Most people should aim for around 150 minutes of physical activity a week. If you have an existing health condition, please talk to your doctor about what level of activity is right for you.

For more information about physical activity, including everything from how to warm up safely to how to set goals and stay motivated, please download our Physical Activity Essential Guide:

Download guide PDF (744kb)

At-Home Exercises

If you’re self-isolating or shielding, it’s really important to find a way you can safely exercise at home. Lockdown means we’re unable to meet with family, friends and social groups as we normally would – and that includes our Peer Support Groups.

Many of our Peer Support Groups include exercise sessions as part of their regular meetings. But just because these meetings are currently on hold, it doesn’t mean you can’t exercise at home!

To guide you through some simple at-home exercises, the Grampian Cardiac Rehab Association group and Live Well East Lothian have put together some videos. Delivered by experienced and qualified instructors, these short videos will get you moving. With low-intensity seated exercises and a moderate-intensity ‘get up and go’ session, these videos are a safe way to exercise at home.

Videos

Grampian Cardiac Rehab Association

Live Well East Lothian

Exercising outdoors

The Scottish Government recently announced that we are now able to go outdoors for exercise as often as we like. It’s important to remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines if you are exercising outdoors.

This means you should stay at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone who is not from your household. You should also exercise in your local area only. Do not travel by car or public transport to another area to exercise unless you have a disability and need to travel to access an outdoor space where you can exercise safely.

You can go out for exercise alone, or with members of your household. Why not go for a stroll round your local park, go on a family bike ride or start training to run a 5k?

If you, or anyone in your household, has developed symptoms of coronavirus, it’s important that your do not go outdoors. You must stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days if you have symptoms, everyone else in your household must self-isolate and not go outside for 14 days. If you are shielding, you must only exercise at home and not go outside.

More information about the government guidance on staying at home and exercising