Exercise, mental health and social distancing
However we choose to be active, it's really important we remember to follow the current guidelines of social distancing
Exercise is good for our physical and mental health. It’s really important to look after all aspects of our health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For some of us, the word exercise can be off putting. However, it simply means to be active. It doesn’t have to mean going to the gym or taking part in competitive team sports.
While some of our more traditional and well established means of exercising are temporarily unavailable to us, we need to think about exercise in a broader way. We can view exercise as any activity that gets our body moving, increases our heart rate and breathing. Read more about how exercise can impact mental health.
I try to go for a run or do some exercise everyday and remind myself it will all be over eventually.
It doesn’t matter how we go about being active. Even within a 2 km radius of home we can be creative and resourceful about the ways we exercise. Walking, cycling, gardening and running are just some ideas. The key is to find a physical activity that we enjoy.
Whatever we choose, we need to follow the current guidelines of social distancing. This means keeping 2 metres between us and other people, even when we are exercising. If we go outdoors to exercise, we should avoid crowded places.
Within our homes we have lots of opportunities to be active. Such as:
Read more about coping with the impact of Coronavirus.