The coronavirus pandemic has ripped through the sporting calendar, forcing postponements and cancellations at the elite level all the way down to grassroots.
Boris Johnson outlined on Monday evening that “one form of exercise” was permitted each day – “alone or with members of your household”. The Prime Minister added that “even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household”.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at what you can still do to keep active, while abiding by the latest guidelines.
🎥If you are well, have no symptoms and follow social distancing guidelines, running outside is still OK.
🏃♀️Marathon coach, @MYelling, has some key things to remember about running outside at the moment.
— Virgin Money London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) March 19, 2020
Parkruns and all organised races have been called off for the foreseeable, but you can get out there and run by yourself. No equipment needed, can be done pretty much anywhere and good for getting fresh air – just practice social distancing.
Similar to running, cycling is another great way of remaining in shape and is something which can be done alone.
For those not looking to get their hearts pumping too much but wanting to keep active, walking is the perfect solution. Again, just keep your distance from others.
Final reminder ☝️🌍 Tomorrow morning at 9am I’m going LIVE on my YouTube channel with a 30 minute workout class for kids of all ages… teenagers and adults you can get involved too. Have fun and inspire each other. Interact, connect and laugh along with each other 😀❤️ Comment below if you or you’re kids are taking part and let me know what country you are in 🌎☺️
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For those who don’t have gym equipment at home, there are plenty of ways to improvise. Tricep dips using the arm of the sofa, running up and down stairs, using tins or bottles of squash as weights… plus exercise DVDs and organised group workouts on social media.