27 March 2020 by Nicky Teegan
Membership officer, Nicky gives tips on how to keep active at home.
At the Ramblers, your health and wellbeing comes first. That is why we are following government advice to stay home, and to only go outside to shop for necessities, exercise once a day and to travel to and from essential work.
Many of us walk with the Ramblers for the many benefits it brings for both our mental and physical health. We're all now spending a lot more time at home than most of us would like, which is why staying active is more important than ever for our overall wellbeing.
As someone who works for the Ramblers and loves nothing more than getting out into our countryside, I know that many of you, like me, will be looking for ideas on how to keep active whilst spending more time at home. There are plenty of ways that you can do this, so we’ve compiled list of options to start.
We will be sharing many more tips, activities and inspiration over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out on our Ramblers social media channels and in your inbox!
Staying active at home
- Local walk – Sometimes a breath of fresh of air is just what we need. If you are well, you can still go outside to exercise once a day. Take a stroll near your home or with a member of your household and be mindful of keeping your distance from others. (2m or 6ft)
- Gardening – If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, now is the time to tackle those bigger jobs you may have been avoiding. Heaving gardening - including pushing, bending, squatting, carrying, digging and shovelling can provide a great workout.
- Cooking – This is a great opportunity to try out some new recipes and test your culinary skills. Baking bread can provide a great workout and is tasty too.
- Dancing – Dance in front of the TV or play some music. All you need are some great tunes and you can have fun dancing anywhere – and burn calories at the same time.
- Strength and Flex – The NHS have developed an equipment free 5-week exercise plan to increase strength and flexibility for beginners.
- Yoga – This is suitable for all ability levels. It combines a series of poses with breathing, and is good for building strength, flexibility and balance.
- Tai chi – This is an ancient Chinese art that builds strength, flexibility and balance through slow and controlled movements.
- Pilates – Focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and posture.
The NHS also provides full advice for staying active.
Struggling to cope?
We know many of you may be struggling without the chance to get outdoors freely. If you are struggling to cope with staying at home and feeling overwhelmed, isolated or worried about some close to you, here are some helpful services you might want to access;
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
We are reviewing our guidance daily in response to the latest government advice. Our priority is to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For updated guidance see our page on Coronavirus.