Activity tips and ideas during COVID-19

Staying at home for extended periods can be challenging - whether you're in self-isolation or physically 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.

Download some useful links and tips to help you keep moving wherever you are - including for children and older adults [PDF].

Transitioning back to a class or group

It’s only normal to feel a bit anxious about going back to an exercise class or group after leaving lockdown or moving out of a restrictive Alert Level. Active Canterbury has put together some helpful tips to help you make the transition...

The Exercise Association of NZ has developed a set of best practice guidelines for exercise providers. Gyms and exercise facilities are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting touched surfaces and objects frequently, and implementing physical distancing protocols. You could contact your exercise provider in advance and ask what procedures they have in place - for extra assurance.

Other things that can help include:

  • Contact your regular instructor, facility or gym in advance so you know what to expect on arrival. Find out what classes and activities are available, and about any other changes.
  • Arrange to go with a friend. This will help build confidence and ensure you have support.
  • Get there five minutes early so you don’t feel rushed.
  • Start out slowly. Take a break when you need to, breathe, and stay hydrated.
  • Build up your fitness levels gradually. This will help prevent injuries and soreness.
  • Some providers are still offering online classes. Stick with this comfortable option until you feel ready.

It is important to remember to:

  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Keep track of where you’ve been.
  • Maintain physical distancing - at least 1 metre from people you don't know.

Staying safe while out exercising

More people tend to be exercising on or near roads during Alert Levels 3 and 4, than would not normally be out and about.

It is important that all road users - pedestrians, cyclists, scooter riders and motorists - keep a look out for each other and follow the road rules. Active Canterbury have put together few key messages to help make outings safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

Get specific road sharing and safety tips for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists [PDF].