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COVID-19: Exercise vital for surviving self-isolation

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).​

Activities for kids in self-isolation

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


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Latest research and news

Here are some snippets on the latest physical activity research or news that we found interesting.

Latest academic research studies have found that exercise increases life expectancy regardless of the size of people - proving exercise is critical to longevity.

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A US university study has found that women who keep moving during pregnancy may produce children with stronger motor skills.

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A leading New Zealand exercise expert says an obesity epidemic and a physical inactivity crisis are gripping this country.

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Active Canterbury Newsletter

The Active Canterbury Newsletter is produced bi-monthly and aims to keep local physical activity providers informed. It has a focus on latest physical activity research, upcoming education and training opportunities, key events and tips on how to practically apply research and industry tools.

View the latest newsletter: Active Canterbury Newsletter March-April 2020

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