During the coronavirus pandemic, it's best to do as much as you can to stay active indoors. This is especially important if you're an older person who may be more vulnerable to the illness.
If you have, or aren't as fit as you used to be, it can be hard to know what sorts of exercises are safe to try at home. It's important to stay as active as possible though, even in these challenging times. Doing so can and help you maintain your independence for as long as possible. And people who are active have a lower risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, some cancers and even .
Starting an exercise routine can feel a little intimidating at first, but it doesn't have to be complicated. There are loads of simple routines you can try. And the good news is that many things you do every day anyway count towards your physical activity levels, such as cooking, housework or.
The following tips may help you stay active during this time:
Many of us are finding that we're sitting down for quite a lot of the day at the moment. It's a good habit to try and get up once an hour and stretch your legs a little. Even if it's just walking to the kitchen to put the kettle on, or doing the washing up, it all helps.
But if you find standing difficult, just moving your arms and legs for a few minutes every hour will also help break up those long stretches of sitting.
Stretching is a great way to keep supple, and doing it daily can also help improve flexibility and balance. You can even do it sitting or lying down.
Sitting doesn't necessarily mean being inactive. There are actually quite a few exercises you can do from a sitting position. But make sure to choose a chair that is stable, solid and doesn't have wheels. And you should be able to sit with your feet flat on the floor and knees bent at right angles.
The one-leg stand is a good example:
During the first national lockdown, personal trainer Joe Wicks (aka the Body Coach) became a household name for his daily YouTube workouts that the whole family can join in with. But if you're someone with limited mobility, the Wicks routine may be difficult to keep up with and could potentially lead to injuries.
He has added a few that are well worth looking into. These are gentle exercises that only take 10 minutes out of your day, but may help to improve flexibility, balance and strength. They're likely to give you a mood boost, too.
These easy-to-follow, 10-minute daily home exercises have been designed to help older people stay active at home during the lockdown.
Each episode details a simple routine that can be done at any time, whether sitting down or standing up. These exercises are adaptable to different fitness levels.