How to stay active while you’re self-isolating

Posted on: March 20th, 2020 | by Laura Murdoch | No Comments

Social distancing may be preventing you from training with your teammates but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active during this time. To help we’ve compiled a list of things to inspire you to get moving.

Staying Active During Self-Isolation

Young woman runningGo for a run/walk

Though we are all encouraged to stay at home where possible, the lockdown does allow you to go out and exercise once per day. This will give everyone not self-isolating the chance to stretch their legs and get out of the house. But it shouldn’t be mistaken for a chance to meet up with friends or sunbathe on the grass. Running or walking on your own can be a great way to stay active, clear your mind, and get out of the house for a bit. Just remember, social distancing suggests that you remain around 6 feet away from other people, so you’ll have to be careful about your chosen route and the time you pick.

Football player in gardenGet in the garden

Again, social distancing doesn’t mean that you have to be shut inside. If you’re itching to kick a ball around, why not get out into the garden? Or an isolated and safe area that’s suitable for a small kickabout. If you have space, then why not get your hands on a football rebounder? They are the perfect piece of training equipment for this time. Practice your passing without the need for a teammate. Or buy a set of our folding free kick men and use them in place of opponents for some solo training exercises.

Home workout using tablet

Work out at home

You might be cut off from the gym right now but there are still plenty of ways to keep up with your fitness regime. You’ll can search YouTube for handy tutorials or suggestions. Take a look at social media as well. There are plenty of fitness coaches out there offering free lessons or workouts on their Instagram or Facebook stories. And there’s no need to worry if you don’t have your equipment. All you need to do is to make sure every repetition counts. There are plenty of ways to utilise the things you have around you: run up and down the stairs, use a chair to do tricep dips, work out while sitting on the sofa, or simply use a wall to see how long you can hold a squat for.

CleanCleaning the house

Keeping active doesn’t have to refer to a major workout, so finding any way that you can keep moving is going to be a benefit. Not only is regular cleaning even more important at the moment but it’s a good way to keep busy. Do you have any rooms that are way overdue a good clear out? When was the last time you cleaned the back of your cupboards? Or under the bed? Now is the perfect time to get those major cleaning jobs done. Cleaning can be great for your mental health too. Getting control of your environment can help with anxiety and stress.

Family dancingDance

This isn’t going to be something that will appeal to everyone but it can be a great way to engage children with physical activity. Put on their or your favourite songs and dance around your living room. Or copy everybody on social media and take part in dance challenges. Why not try and learn the Vietnamese Coronavirus handwashing dance? Or the COVID-19 prevention dance from the Philippines Department of Health? Dancing is another great way to aid your mental health during a stressful time. Dancing has been proven to boost your mood, reduce depression and increase social bonding.

Man playing video gameseSports

Okay, so eSports won’t exactly keep you active but if you’re missing football then it can fill a gap until you get to play again. Sport is an escape for so many people, so the fact that it has been cancelled will be difficult. Not being able to play with your team or watch the professionals on the pitch. And if it’s good enough for professional sports stars then I’m sure that you can get away with it.

More Ideas

If you’re looking for more ideas of how to stay active in the coming weeks then Sport England have compiled a list of suggestions on their website. They’re also asking people to share their workouts using the hashtag #StayInWorkOut, so you can search that for more suggestions.

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