Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. We are all taking measures to protect ourselves and others, and as we continue to follow Public Health England (PHE) and central government advice in these unprecedented times. The social distancing and isolation policies put in place mean that we are spending more time at home.
Government guidance states we must stay at home, to only go outside for one form of exercise, to shop for essentials including medication, to care or help a vulnerable person and to travel to and from essential work. This section will highlight top tips and advice on how to lead an active lifestyle during this time.
How physically active should we be?
The World Health Organisation recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity, such as brisk walking or dancing, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity, such as jogging or cycling, per week for adults (19 to 64 years). Plus, do strengthening activities on at least 2 days a week such as yoga or heavy gardening.
For those aged 65 and above, it is recommended to participate in strength, balance and flexibility on at least 2 days a week, plus at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity if you are already active.
Toddlers (aged 1 to 2) should be physically active every day for at least 180 minutes (3 hours). This can include light activity such as standing up, moving around, rolling and playing, as well as more energetic activity like skipping, hopping, running and jumping. Pre-schoolers (aged 3 to 4) should also spend at least 180 minutes a day doing a variety of physical activities, including active play like hide and seek.
Children and young people aged 5 to 18 should aim for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity a day across the week. Most of the daily physical activity should be aerobic. Vigorous intensity activities should be incorporated, including those that strengthen muscles and bone, at least 3 times per week, such as football, skipping and dance.
This might not be as easy during these uncertain times however; it is possible. For more information about how active we should be, please visit NHS UK.
Remember, some is good, but more is better!