Staying active at home
As of 12 April, you may now meet outdoors with up to 6 people, and grassroots sports may recommence training. For more information on this, visit Sport England’s update page.
Following the past year of lockdowns and restrictions, more and more people have begun to get active at home.
This includes exercises for those with disabilities and long-term health conditions, exercises for mental health and wellbeing, and exercises to keep the whole family moving.
The benefits of being active at home
Being physically active can transform your entire life. From feeling better in yourself to finding your fitness gradually improving, it provides so many benefits, including:
- Improving your mood, mental health and wellbeing
- Increasing your self esteem
- Improving your sleep pattern
- Fighting off diseases
- Reducing the symptoms of other health conditions
- Providing an opportunity to socialise with others
- Increasing your lifespan
Plus it keeps you healthy, fit and happy.
Find your next home workout
If you’re looking for some inspiration, there are plenty of videos and workouts that you can follow online. These include gentler moves for older adults and child-friendly videos to get the whole family moving.
There’s also some videos which could help improve mood and wellbeing, which include some yoga and breathing activities.
Not just workouts: Everyday activities count!
You don’t need gym equipment at home to stay active, or to take part in that Zoom circuit if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. Everyday activities such as doing the housework can count towards remaining active.
Try to break up long periods of sitting by getting up and moving for at least five minutes each hour. If you’re a tea or coffee lover, why not have a go at the Cuppa routine – it’s a short and easy routine that can be done whilst you’re waiting for the kettle to boil.
On the other hand, if a home workout just isn’t your thing, you could put your favourite tunes and have a dance. Alternatively check out our Active Outdoors section for places to go in Norfolk.
Remember, just 10 extra minutes of activity a day could make all the difference to your overall health and wellbeing. How will you fit this in?
Other resources to help you
There are so many resources to help you get started on your active journey. Regardless of how small you start, you should be proud of your achievements, and celebrate all wins. Theses apps and organisations will help you to do just that, by measuring your progress and even sharing it with others.