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Staying active and healthy when self-isolating

Staying active outside, as long as you do not get close to other people, will keep you healthier - and your spirits up!

To stay healthy you need to do 20-30 minutes moderate exercise a day. You should also aim to do strengthening and balance exercises at least 2 days a week.

Keeping fit has never been so important and even doing a 10-minute session makes you more able to fight illness.

Please see the current advice on social distancing which applies to everyone - you can still go for a stroll outside and this will improve your wellbeing as well as count as exercise.

Remember, staying physically fit is recommended to improve your overall health and immune system.

If you have a long-term condition, are pregnant, are 70+ or someone in your household has a cough or temperature so you are advised to self-isolate, you can still keep active inside or in your garden.

Tai chi or yoga or gardening are great ways to feel good. There are many online sessions you can access and some people are also using the social media hashtag #StayInWorkOut 

If you are at home with your children there are some great PE exercises to try out to keep active in the day.

Everyone’s mood improves with an activity break and some sports clubs in Harrow are also posting online events for people to keep active on the council website at https://www.harrow.gov.uk/events.

If you do go out for a walk, run or cycle please follow the following advice:

  • Anyone who feels unwell should return home immediately
  • If you have a new and persistent cough and/or fever symptoms and need more advice, please go to 111.nhs.uk
  • If you go out, stay a good distance (about 2m, or the length of a broom) from anyone else you pass
  • Wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds afterwards and avoid touching your face

We encourage you to work together with your families, neighbours and friends to offer support at this challenging time.

Using online and digital ways to communicate with people especially if they are on their own is a really helpful way to stay connected and check people are ok.

In such unprecedented circumstances, it can make you anxious and lonely so please do stay in touch with your networks to look after each other.

Published: March 26th 2020