Staying active at home

As Oxfordshire continues to recover following the COVID-19 pandemic, we're very aware that our community can still be facing exceptionally challenging times. We want to provide you with useful resources, tips and advice to help you get active in the comfort of your own home or local surroundings.

Staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle has never been more important. Physical activity helps prevent over 20 long term conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. Getting moving isn't just good for your body – it also helps reduce stress and anxiety, boosts your mood and helps you sleep better.

Here's our round up of top tips for getting moving:

Sport England - Join the Movement

Sport England's campaign 'Join the Movement' seeks to help provide tips, advice and guidance on how to keep active or get active in and around your home.

We'll keep this page as up to date as we can. For the most up to date guidance on coronavirus click here:

Staying Active at Home

Don't forget, even at home there are still ways we can build activity into our day. The less time we spend sitting the better. Gardening, chores like vacuuming, and climbing the stairs are all great ways to keep moving. Try to get up at least once every half hour e.g. setting reminders and scheduling breaks if you're working from home or home-schooling or getting up during the adverts when you're watching TV.

For guidance about how much physical activity is recommended for you, take a look at the national guideline infographics here. Even at home, you can still achieve these recommendations - no special equipment needed!

Played Sport have developed a tool to help everyone find the best online workouts for FREE. This includes content for children, adults, other adults and people with a health condition.

Active on Demand

Please note, if you're feeling unwell use your energy to get better and don't try to be active. Once you're feeling better, return to your normal routine very gradually. Make sure to have additional rest periods during and after any exercise.

Being Active Outside

Getting outdoors, if you can, is a great way to get some fresh air and connect with nature.

If you have access to a garden, make sure you use this extra space to get outdoors. Whether that's playing games as a family, yoga, a small stroll or gardening.

If you're looking for free, easy to use apps to keep you motivated to walk or run, try:

  • Active 10 from the NHS allows you to track and increase your walking
  • Couch to 5K from the NHS is great for building up to running 5K over 9 weeks

Get your heart pumping - Great for Adults

There are lots of free online resources to support you to be active at home including printable fitness plans plus videos and apps. Below are some trusted sources to explore, but there are many more. Keep a look out for ideas and tips from friends, family, and neighbours and share yours!

NHS Fitness Studio

For adults with a disability - Parasport, WheelPowerand Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society have all created adaptive exercise videos and other resources for people with different levels of mobility to stay active at home.

Keep it Gentle – Especially good for Older Adults

These resources are suitable for everyone but particularly good if you're older. If you're supporting someone who doesn't have access to the internet some of these resources can also be printed.

Adults with a Disability or Long-Term Health Condition

If you have a disability or long-term health condition and normally exercise regularly it's important you try to maintain your usual levels of activity within the home environment when possible. The webpages below are just some of the resources which have been created by charities for condition-specific advice, tips and information:

You can find more on Sport England's We Are Undefeatable campaign webpage here. Scroll to the bottom of their page and click on the charity partner logos to take you to their physical activity page.

If you are unsure about what physical activity is right for you, speak to a healthcare professional (ideally by telephone or online).

Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

It's important for everyone to prioritise their mental wellbeing at this difficult time. Being more active will help support you with this, but there are lots of other things to consider. Mind have created a great resource to help, you can find it here.

5 Top Tips:

  1. Buddy up! Can you buddy up with someone in your household or virtually to make home workouts more fun and keep each other motivated?
  2. Build activity into your daily routine. How are you using the time you spent commuting to work or travelling to school, or on your lunch breaks?
  3. Get active your way - we're all different, find the activity works for you
  4. Plan to start slowly and build your activity level gradually, unless you are already exercising frequently and vigorously
  5. As well as staying active, don't forget to stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet to look after yourself during this time

The information above has been created using advice from the NHS, Public Health England and Sport England.