Staying at home for extended periods can be challenging - whether you're in self-isolation or social distancing due to COVID-19. Doing regular exercise, keeping active and meditation can help you deal with ‘cabin fever’ and move your mood.
“If you have stuff in your house and you have a body, you’ve got a great exercise tool,” says Dani Johnson - a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.
Here are some useful links and tips to help you keep moving wherever you are:
- Six things you can do every day to maintain your physical and mental health if you’re isolating at home (New York Times article).
- The free Rise & Recharge app will remind you to take regular breaks from sitting if you are working from home.
- Meditation apps can help you stay calm and lower anxiety levels, such as:
- A series of six-minute workout videos that exercise four main muscle groups is available: cardio, the lower body, the upper body and the core (New York Times article).
- Try some home workout exercises (Telegraph UK article).
- A simple exercise routine to do at home (BBC).
- Les Mills has 800+ workouts available on demand - 15 to 55 minute online workouts for beginner to advanced levels. Non-members can try Les Mills On Demand free for 14 days.
- Use the Activities Directory to connect with local activity providers and find out about online options.
- The REPs database is a good way to find local exercise professionals providing online services.
Get tips on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 self-isolation (Mental Health Foundation).
Now is the time to pull together and support each other! Kia kaha! - Be strong!
There are a lot more people currently exercising on or near roads that would not normally be out and about due to COVID-19.
The boom in local biking and walking comes as people revel in the peace of quieter streets, the sound of birdsong, and the healthy feeling of supportive, caring communities, as we all rediscover how walkable and bikeable our neighbourhoods can be.
While its great seeing so many people taking advantage of quieter streets and cycling around their local neighbourhoods with their kids, there are a few key messages to keep in mind that will help make outings safer and more enjoyable.
- Download a factsheet on fun games and activities with a fly swatter [PDF].
- Find out about activities for the whānau from All Right?.
- Download the Pack of Tiny Adventures Smartphone app! Tiny Adventures contains nearly 90 activities, ranging from baking and bouncy balloony fun, to arts and craft activities.
- Games from Healthy Kids NZ.
- Kids and families can move and learn together with GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home.
- Ten games to play with a ball (Free Stuff 4 Kids).
Unleash your inner secret agent by solving fun missions in your backyard with Agents of Discovery. This ChCh City Council app uses augmented reality to interact with your surroundings. Missions are updated on a weekly basis. You can download the free app from Google Play and the Apple app store.
Healthy For Life is a new TV show on TVNZ 1 designed to help older people work on their strength and balance. The Super7 exercise programme can all be done from the comfort of your bubble. This show also provides great tips for staying safe and keeping your brain active, plus advice about healthy eating, social links and sleep.
Get expert advice on fitness if you are older and stuck at home (NY Times article).
Sport Canterbury is continuing to support people over 60 to be steady on their feet with approved, online strength and balance exercise classes. All online classes are especially designed for this age group.
- Keep moving during COVID-19
- Benefits of being active
- Recommended daily activity
- Easy ways to move more
- Getting started
- Support programmes
- Keeping motivated
- Parents and caregivers
- Under fives
- Children and young people
- Older adults
- Active with a disability
- Active with a health condition
- Expecting and new mums