Top tips for how to make the most of exercise during Covid 19
Posted: Tuesday March 31 2020
By: Natalie Jackson and Emily Freeman
Exercise during Covid 19. At the time of writing we are in an unprecedented crisis, the likes of which we have never experienced before. The world is battling Covid-19, commonly known as Coronavirus, and that means restricting the activities we might previously have taken for granted.
Life might be seeming a little (or a lot) out of your control. What can you do to make the most of exercise, both physically and mentally, in times like these?
The health of you and others is paramount, and wherever you are in the world you should follow the local guidance on what to do and not do.
In the UK, despite a virtual lockdown, the guidance (currently) still allows one form of exercise per day, such as a walk, a run or a cycle, if you are well enough and as long as you are alone or with members of your household. Remember, whatever you are doing, follow government advice on social distancing, stay at least 2 metres from others and stick to hygiene guidelines.
These are our 10 top tips and things to remember;
Exercise during Covid 19 is really good for you
Exercise has so many benefits, both physical and mental, and at a time when your physical and mental health may both be under threat, it is important to remember that exercise might well improve both. (If you aren’t used to exercising, you should seek the go ahead from your GP before doing more than you’re used to).
Make the most of what you have
If you’re staying in, use what you have – walk around your house or make use of tins of beans or toilet rolls (if you have them) to help your exercise routine. If you are used to going to the gym, you may be able to do body weight versions of your usual exercises around the house – be creative. Definitely check out Sport England’s #StayInWorkOut campaign, full of ideas to stay active at home. Joe Wicks is popping up on our YouTube screens at 9am daily with high intensity workouts, and campaigns like #ThisIsPE are giving us lots of suggestions for working out indoors.
Whatever you’re doing, make sure you drink enough water. In the UK and USA health authorities commonly recommend six to eight 8-oz glasses, or between 1 and 2 litres, of water a day. If you’re looking for a more specific recommendation, you should try to drink 0.5oz (around 14ml) of water for each pound you weigh. So if for example you weigh 154lbs (or 11 stone) aim for around 2.1 litres (or 74 fl oz). If you weigh 126 lbs (or 9 stone) aim for around 1.9 litres (or 67 fl oz).