5 ways to keep fit and healthy during COVID-19
News article published on: 1st April 2020
COVID-19 is an unprecedented time for us all. Over a period of weeks there has been transition and change to employment, transport, education as well as to our daily routines. Working from home has become the norm for the majority, and non-essential travel is to be avoided unless deemed necessary.
At present, individuals in the UK are permitted to leave their home to take part in one form of exercise per day. This either has to be alone or with other members of your household.
Cycling is currently permitted as a form of exercise during COVID-19. Cycling allows you to adhere to social distancing (at least 2 metres from others) and avoid public transport, lowering the risk of catching the virus and/or spreading it to others. Cycling is also beneficial for your health, fitness and well-being. Do remember not to cycle in groups or visit public places.
Walking / Running
Walking or going for a daily run/jog is also permitted but do try to remain in and around your local area. You will come across other pedestrians or runners who are also enjoying the fresh air and pavements may be narrow and or limited. It might be advisable to exercise early in the morning when there are less people outdoors. Remember you will need to leave at least 2 metres room for others to pass safely and confidently and do wear high visibility clothing if exercising late afternoon or evening.
Eating fruit and vegetables
Whilst some supermarkets have had empty shelves following COVID-19, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and eat a variety of foods. Alternative ways of sourcing fruit and vegetables can include visiting local independent stores, market traders or grocers who may offer boxes of items for delivery or collection. Top Tips: check your local Facebook groups online as it’s great to support local businesses and if you need a supermarket delivery, slots become available after midnight.
Following the cancellation of races, cycling time trials, organised rides, coaching and events, cyclists have had to find innovative ways to keep fit. Indoor cycling apps such as Zwift or TrainerRoad work alongside a Turbo Trainer and are an accessible way to train whilst indoors. Zwift allows riders to interact with others virtually, and participate in meet ups (group rides alongside friends, races or structured workouts). Cycling apps are promoting exercise within the comfort of your own home whilst offering flexibility and ease and a sense of community alongside other cyclists.
Home workouts/ exercises classes
Whilst gyms and public parks are currently shut this might mean a change to your normal fitness routine. There are endless exercise videos on YouTube to watch. These can vary in length and ability and include strength and conditioning, such as yoga, Pilates, and Thai chi to high intensity interval training (HIIT) and cardio vascular classes, including Zumba and Bhangra dance. Gym instructors and fitness professionals are moving classes online, so you will be able to join a class virtually, whilst getting the benefit of doing exercise.
N.B. If you do start to experience any symptoms of COVID-19, then please seek guidance from the NHS and a health professional as well as ensuring that you rest.
This is a challenging time for everyone, but please do prioritise your own health as well as family members, friends and the community at large. We will get through this together.
Blog post written by Nicola Hall, associate solicitor in the Personal Injury team.