Keeping physically active is important for our physical and mental wellbeing.
Current Government guidance indicates that we can leave our homes for up to one hour a day to take part in an exercise activity, either alone or with members of our household. Exercise should be taken locally, using open spaces near our homes. Unnecessary travel should be avoided. Be mindful of social distancing, remaining at least 2 metres (6ft) away from anyone outside our household and not to gather in groups of more than two people. Hands should be washed frequently before and after exercise and playparks or outdoor gyms should be avoided as they may have unclean surfaces.
Why is being active so important?
No matter how young or old you are, regular physical activity helps you feel fit, relaxed, gives you more energy and helps protect you against a range of diseases including heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. It can also help you to maintain a healthy weight.
For children and young people being active helps develop a strong heart, and strong muscles and bones.
For older people it especially helps with balance, co-ordination, maintaining bone strength and the flexibility of joints – which means you are less likely to have a fall. See our Coronavirus and older people page for a list of useful online resources which includes safe exercises to do at home.
If you’ve been unwell, or haven’t been active for years, you may wish to speak to your GP (doctor) and check that it’s safe to start increasing your activity. Always work at an intensity that’s safe for you. Set yourself sensible goals which reflect your fitness levels and review these as your fitness levels improve.
Active people are more likely to:
For more information and advice about getting active, visit the One You website.