The government is easing the lockdown – opening more shops and allowing gatherings that are socially-distanced. We’re all hoping that this doesn’t increase Coronavirus infection rates – something that some say we’ll not know for some weeks.
Understandably, many are getting impatient for this greater freedom – not least for our mental and physical health – but there’s lots you can do right now to keep fit and well.
And if you’re feeling tired during lockdown, you’re not alone – there are good reasons why you might be finding it hard to adjust https://theconversation.com/here-is-why-you-might-be-feeling-tired-while-on-lockdown-135502. The good news is that exercise can help get over your fatigue
Get your body moving – indoors and out
Here are some great ideas for staying active at home https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/our-policy-work/sport-physical-activity-and-mental-health/get-active-feel-good/staying-active-at-home
This is a great link to videos, tips and other useful sources to support your effort to keep on moving – whatever your situation https://www.greatersport.co.uk/ways-to-keep-moving
Workout from home
If all that activity hasn’t exhausted you, our friends at the Herts Sports Partnership have others ways you can ‘join the movement’ at home https://sportinherts.org.uk/workoutfromhome
I understand a lot of people around the UK have taken to cycling in past weeks – while roads have been relatively free of traffic and the weather had been kind. It’s obviously a great way to get fresh air and exercise – and it’s not too late to get started!
This is the best single source I’ve found for information on all aspects of starting to cycle https://www.cyclinguk.org/advice-beginners
Getting a free bike might be a little harder now than before the pandemic, but it’s worth signing up to your local online sharing sites. In Royston we’ve got Freegle https://www.ilovefreegle.org, Nextdoor https://nextdoor.co.uk and a local free exchange page on Facebook. Our local Recycling Centre (which has just reopened) had affordable bikes in different states of repair before the lockdown.
Before taking to the road, you’d do well to learn about bike maintenance – here are some tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TIlNAXU1kk and there are lots more tutorials on YouTube.
If you prefer two legs to two wheels…
Walking: They say that a 20-minute fast walk (one that leaves you feeling slightly out of breath) is pretty much as good for you as a run.
For all areas, here’s a useful source https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk and to find walks near you, you can always go to the Walking Britain website walks finder https://www.walkingbritain.co.uk/find-walks-by-me.php
Running: If you need a bit of persuasion to even think about taking up running, read this https://www.verywellfit.com/reasons-to-start-running-4022450. I love running because it’s cheap, I can do it from my door at any time, in any weather.
I won’t go on about parkrun – primarily because it’s been suspended during lockdown. But if you’re new to running, feeling a bit nervous, and you want to join a really friendly and supportive community of all ages and abilities (some people walk the 5kms route), you should check out your nearest parkrun for when lockdown is over https://www.parkrun.org.uk
Before then, you can check out this running guide for absolute beginners https://www.verywellfit.com/how-to-start-running-the-absolute-beginners-guide-2911191
Finally… feed the body and the brain
After all that physical exertion, why not reward yourself with a jacket potato? They’re cheap, easy to prepare, and healthy. I’ve just discovered 20 really tasty suggestions for fillings here https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/food/recipe-collections/jacket-potato-fillings-28635
See other posts in this ‘Happy at home’ series here https://enterpriseessentials.wordpress.com/category/happy-at-home