Activity tips and ideas during COVID-19

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:

Get tips on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 self-isolation (Mental Health Foundation).​

The Maanaki20 website has videos and activities being delivered by Māori activity providers.​

Now is the time to pull together and support each other! Kia kaha! - Be strong!

Staying safe while out exercising

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.

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

Activities for kids at home

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.

Activities for older adults

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.

The Exercise As Medicine team has a range of home exercise programmes to help keep older adults moving at home.