Your normal exercise routine is very likely to have been severely impacted by the current COVID-19 outbreak. The demands of remote working or home-schooling kids may be keeping you busy, you may be working long hours in an essential role or, alternatively, you may be waiting at home for normal life to resume.
Whatever your situation, staying active now has never been more important. Keeping physically active is vital for both your physical and your mental health and wellbeing. Being active can help you deal with anxiety and stress and getting outdoors, if you can, is really important.
Activity at Home
There are lots of options to keep fit if you have to remain at home.
The guidelines recommend 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity five days a week for adults, but short bouts of physical activity (even 10 minutes at a time) can quickly add up to 30 minutes. For kids it’s 60 minutes a day –and we have lots more information for them below.
The important thing is that no matter what your age or circumstance you need to keep moving, so make sure to include some physical activity in your daily plan.
Sport Ireland has been busy compiling a list of great resources to help you stay active and healthy at home, here are just a few:
the Camogie Association have plenty of skills challenges to keep you sharp. A full range of exercises and challenges are available on camogie.ie
Keeping kids active
Kids need to be active every day. All activity, no matter how short, counts. Keeping kids active helps them to build strong muscles, healthy bones, agility and co-ordination, while improving self-esteem, mood, energy and sleep patterns.
Activity for Older People
As you get older it is really important to stay active, and this is even more so the case if you are cocooning.
Being active can help your body to stay strong and supple, improve balance and coordination aiding in falls prevention, cheers you up and boosts your energy.
Just 30 minutes activity a day could have a huge impact on your health.
Here are some tips to get you going:
Continue to spend time outdoors if you can. Fresh air is vital for the physical and mental health of the whole family. It can help improve our mood, reduce stress and anxiety and enhance self-esteem and sense of wellbeing.
Here are a few tips to ensure you get the exercise you need while keeping safe: