How to stay active during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in autumn and winter 2020

Face to face Active for Life sessions and Healthwalks are suspended until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

Physical activity is a genuine antidote to the concerns many people are feeling right now. Whether it’s working out at home or getting outdoors for a brisk walk, as we go into lockdown once more, it’s more important than ever for us all to try our best to get and stay active.

Being active has a long-term positive impact on health and immediate mental and social benefits. Getting active in the way that’s right for the individual will also help you cope with the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Any activity is better than none and people of all ages should also try to limit the time spent sitting during the day as this can be a risk to health.

Since March this year our Active for Life colleagues from the Healthy Lifestyles Team have worked together to share a selection of opportunities and resources to help you to stay active in and from your home, including tips, ideas and advice and online sessions.

Although the team offered some face-to-face sessions as the first lockdown eased, these have now been paused to comply with current government guidelines.

However a range of activities provided by the team are available online across various platforms including adult Zoom sessions and challenges for children and young people and other content on our You Tube Channel.

Learn how to get involved in our Digital Dance Active Festival and our Active Advent initiative.

We also offer a new Healthwalks Winter Walking Challenge to follow on from the successful spring lockdown challenge.

There are lots of ideas here on how to be active and how to get extra information and resources and advice to get the most from your physical activity and exercise safely. Please note that what you do should be at the right level for you, and the opportunities we offer are designed to be accessible to most people, regardless of age or fitness level.