Keeping active and fit
It's really important to try to stay active at this time, even if you have to stay at home right now. Activity is good for your physical health but it is also good for your mental and emotional health too.
There are lots of things you can do at home to keep yourself moving and every little bit of exercise counts. The government recommends that adults should aim for 2.5 hours of physical activity each week and this should include some activities to increase strength and balance.
Walking around the house, gardening and housework counts as exercise. You could try to walk around the house every hour. Try standing up and doing some stretching at least once an hour. If you’re finding it difficult to remember to move regularly, perhaps set an alarm to remind you? The main thing is to keep moving in some way.
You don’t have to do it all at once, you can break up activity into as many little chunks as you like.
Here is information from various organisations which might help you to stay active:
- Stay active at home: a simple set of exercises designed especially for older people to help everyone stay active at home from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
- Seated strength and flexibility exercises for adults with mobility issues from the NHS
- a video from Paths for All helps with strength and balance
- NHS Inform also has balance and strength exercises
- Edinburgh Leisure has a video of their fit for health class which can be followed at home
- Health All Round/Wester Hailes Health Agency active steps programme exercise videos are on their Facebook page.
See also our section on activities to do at home for kids and adults for more ideas about staying active as well as other activities such as art, film and video.