With fitness classes cancelled and gyms closed, you might be missing your regular routine but that doesn’t mean you need to skip your exercise altogether.
Current government guidelines means we can leave the house for one form of exercise a day whether this is running, walking or cycling – alone or with members of your household. For some this isn’t enough, but there are plenty of exercises you can do within the confines of your home that can be both fun and rewarding. Before you decide which forms of exercise to undertake, please consider any advice and support you have already received from your GP or health experts.
If your home has stairs, walking up and down them is a brilliant form of exercise, you can supplement this with using rice packets to add some resistance to your arm movement. Another option is to create your own Yoga routine. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. There is a wealth of resources on Google and YouTube to help you create your own routines. If you’re not interested in yoga, how about Pilates or Tai Chi?
It is also important to remember to do some workstation exercises to help reduce any aches and pains caused by working from home. Where possible, stand up during some of your tasks and stretch regularly.
Why not take a look at this video, posted on Facebook by The Perrymount Clinic showing you how to do a few simple exercises that you can do sitting down to stretch you back and neck.
Don’t forget, there are home tasks that are considered activity:
> Gardening – the stretching and reaching that takes place while you are gardening can help you tremendously.
> Ironing – believe it or not, the side to side movement done during ironing is very beneficial to us. It allows the muscles on the sides of your legs and back to work, more than they would do in your day to day activities.
If you’re looking for more information take a look at these resources:
NHS sitting exercises – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/sitting-exercises/
NHS gym-free workouts – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-workouts/
Sport England how to stay active during coronavirus restrictions – https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-physically-active-during-coronavirus-restrictions
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