Five ways to get moving around the house
We’re all trying to adapt to the ever-evolving situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it's fair to say it’s not easy. After the government decided to enforce tight restrictions on when we can leave the house, people across the country are getting used to the fact that they will now be spending a vast majority of their time at home for the coming weeks. In these times, it is now as important as ever to prioritise our mental health, as well as our physical health. A great way to boost both is through exercise. “But we can’t go to the gym!” I hear you say. You’re right – but what you can do is move around the home.
With that in mind here are some top tips from Barry, our Physical Activity Programme Manager, to help you keep physically active during this strange and uncertain time.
Walk, talk and stay connected
The Prime Minister has announced further social distancing measures across the country in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, with one small caveat. Once a day, you are allowed to leave your house to exercise. If you are able, you simply have to use this time. Fresh air can be a positive mood booster! A simple, but very effective way to get outside is by taking a brisk walk whilst on the phone to your friends or family to maintain that feeling of connectivity.
Some other examples of this whilst self-isolating could be walking whilst in a virtual meeting, or taking the dog for a walk on your lunch break! You can even walk up and down the stairs of your own house or apartment building if you have them to add a bit of exercise to your day.
It’s times like these that a little creativity can go a long way! This can be really fun. Think of items that you have around the house that could be used to help you to exercise. Day to day items that weigh a few hundred grams or kilos, but are also easy to hold on to, can be great weights to help you work those arm and leg muscles. You can also use furniture to assist your workout. Be safe and check out some online tutorials if you’re not sure.
If you’re feeling extra creative, use rolled-up socks to play ten-pin bowling with used tubes of toilet roll or play pretend golf around the home using those rolled socks and a broom!
Pick an activity that suits you
We are all looking for different levels of movement during these times. Some might want a heavy workout, some might just want to stretch out. It's important to find something that works, for you.
Take advantage of an ever increasing array of free workout videos on the web that can be tailored to your needs. Be it gentle seated exercise routines, yoga, circuit training, pilates or a more intense HIIT session (High intensity interval training.) If you have kids at home, the body coach is even doing online PE sessions to keep their activity levels up! Youtube or your preferred search engines throw out a whole host of resources after a simple online search.
Mow the lawn
Make housework, or gardening, exercise time. Cleaning the house or sorting out the garden or window box is a great way to get moving around the home whilst also being a great way to let off steam. Being active outside if you can is a great way to break up your day and is beneficial for your wellbeing. Gardening or housework, as well as being therapeutic, raises the heart rate and releases natural endorphins in the brain which can boost mood. You’d be surprised how many calories you can burn.
Stay in, workout
You don't need a gym to do a workout! As we are told to stay indoors, find some space in your house and get a workout going. Sport England have a dedicated page which is being regularly updated with hints, tips and resources to help you be active whilst at home. Why not give some of them a try and let us know how you get on. Use the #Stayinworkout hashtag on social media to keep connected.
The We Are Undefeatable campaign is designed to support people managing a long term health condition, encouraging you to find what type of physical activity works for you. The above link takes you to their page encouraging us to get moving around the home, but there is much more information on their pages for you to explore.