Understanding what you can do now when it comes to sport and physical activity

The government is aiming to gradually ease COVID-19 restrictions based on its Roadmap Out Of Lockdown.

To make it easier to understand what that means for sport and physical activity we’ve provided an at-a-glance guide – just click on the thumbnail image to view or download the full-size guide.

If you have specific questions after reading the quick guide you should find Sport England’s FAQ’s page useful.

Join The Movement to keep your body and mind healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that day-to-day life looks different at the moment.

However, one thing that remains the same for most of us is that being physically active is great for our body and mind!

In fact, it can actually prevent many illnesses.

 

You may need to change HOW you get active though, based on the latest government advice. So we’ve pulled together some resources that could help whether you:
• are staying at home
• are working from home 
• have children who aren’t in school
• are looking to use facilities when possible 

Get your heart beating

  • Sport England have launched their ‘Join the Movement’ campaign with lots of ideas on how to be active as the situation around COVID-19 evolves – check out their page packed full of ideas including outdoor and at home activity advice
  • Try FitForMe Home Activities
  • Check out Couch to Fitness – a FREE at-home exercise plan for those who are new to, or returning to exercise, with the additional option to join the Couch to Fitness Facebook group for support from, and interaction with, others on the programme.
  • Follow an NHS yoga workout to improve strength and tackle stress
  • Activity Alliance is sharing the top ways to adapt activities so more people can stay in and work out. The STEP tool is one of the most effective ways to use
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  • Learn a dance step
  • NHS gym-free workouts
  • NHS ten-minute cardio and toning workouts
  • This Girl Can home exercise guide
  • NHS Fitness Studio
  • Pop Sugar Fitness – Over 500 ad-free workouts from celebrity trainers and fitness experts
  • Fitness Blender free workout videos
  • Join in with Buddyboost (formerly known as Mayathon).  Buddy-up (virtually) with a friend, family member or colleague and support each other to do 26 minutes of exercise a day.
  • Working from home and need inspiration on how to ‘move more & stress less’?  Check out our My Active Work Life page.
  • Everyday activities such as doing the vacuuming, hanging out the washing, mowing the lawn or dancing around the kitchen also count towards your daily activity levels
  • Public Health England –  have released the Active at Home booklet, full of information and advice about how to be more active at home for older adults and people with health concerns.
  • Let’s Ride Local – British Cycling have created Let’s Ride Local to encourage safe and responsible cycling – the website includes tips and advice on riding locally, as well as instructions on teaching children how to ride.
  • Active 10 – The Active 10 app, from the NHS, is a great way to help you monitor and gradually increase your brisk walking levels over time.
  • ReActivate: CIMSPA announces FREE training platform to equip sport, fitness, physical activity professionals & volunteers with the skills they need to confidently return. Funded by SportEngland, delivered by a consortium led by Future Active Workforce.

Local authority facilities

We know lots of you enjoy using indoor gyms, sport and leisure facilities where possible.

Local facilities publish information to update you about what they are currently able to offer, based on the latest COVID-19 restrictions on their websites.

Some providers in the Liverpool City Region who aren’t able to deliver services as normal are providing alternatives that you can take part in in the meantime, such as online workouts.

Here are links to the Liverpool City Region’s local authority-run leisure facilities and schemes to check out and keep an eye on:

 

Halton:

Knowsley

Liverpool:

 

Sefton:

St Helens

Wirral

If your go-to facility has had to close or your favourite session isn’t running we’ve got lots of ideas below if you temporarily need to find ways to stay active safely and keep up those healthy habits

Gentler options

Pregnancy activity during the COVID-19 outbreak

Our BeFit4baby page has resources to help pregnant ladies get all the benefits of exercise, even in these unusual times. Just visit www.merseysidesport.com/be-fit-4-baby/


For kids and families

Mental health and wellbeing

Getting physically active is a great way to look after your mental health. As well as getting moving you might also like to check out these extra resources.

  • Mental health charity Mind has put together detailed advice and information on coronavirus and wellbeing
  • Practise relaxation and mindfulness to boost your mood. Try this mindful breathing exercise from Every Mind Matters, and read hints and tips on mindfulness from the NHS.
  • Gardening can also help tackle depression, stress and anxiety, and reduce high blood pressure, as well as improve your physical health, so it’s a great time to get outside and brighten up your patch. Don’t have a garden? You could try planting some flowers in a window box, growing herbs indoors, or putting out food for the birds where you can watch them from a window.
  • Plan for the future. You could research walks you want to do, plan a new cycle route, or get the kids to make a list of five new activities they’d like to try once the outbreak has passed.
  • Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Their website has a suite of resources for you to access.
  • Mental Health UK have resources for staying active as well other resources to help with your mental health.
  • Visit Future Learn and try a FREE course; COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression. It explores practical ways to help young people manage their mood and maintain healthy habits during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Mind’s North West Physical Activity and Mental Health Network is association with Merseyside Sports Foundation has great resources and tools for yourself, sports clubs and community groups.

The legal bit.

If you choose to take part in any of the workouts or activities being signposted to from this page then it’s important you know that you do so at your own risk.

Is physical activity suitable for me if I have a long-term health condition?

This is something that is very much personal to you as an individual and your particular condition. However, this is the advice from the national We Are Undefeatable campaign, which is led by 15 of the major health charities and backed by expertise and insight from Sport England:

‘A small proportion of people with specific conditions who are symptomatic (i.e. with cardiovascular, metabolic or renal disease) may need medical advice. However, most people can take part in low and moderate-intensity physical activity without visiting a healthcare professional first.’

 

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