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Looking After Your Physical and Mental Health

Our normal way of life has completely changed and many of us will now be unable to see family and friends, keep active, or do many of the things we enjoy. We recognise that this will likely be a difficult and anxious time for a lot of people and we want to encourage you to keep active and to take care of your mental wellbeing. Below are some resources that might help with that.

Exercises you can do at home or outside:

  • Guides to easy and gentle sitting, strength, flexibility, and balance exercises are available on the NHS website
  • Basic Yoga poses – Yoga is a good way for people of all ages to improve their strength and flexibility and can also be relaxing and good for your mental wellbeing. Take a look at some basic yoga poses you can do at home from WebMD
  • Strength and Flex – a 5-week plan delivered via a podcast from the NHS designed to improve your strength and flexibility
  • Couch to 5K – a 9-week plan from the NHS designed to help you get running. Download a podcast and listen as you run, building up your time spent running each week
  • PE with Joe – Joe Wick (The Body Coach) is streaming live workout sessions that you can do from home on his YouTube Channel each morning at 9am for 30 minutes. They are aimed at children but many adults have been joining in too and finding it a good way to keep active

Please note – current Government advice is that you can go outside for one piece of exercise per day but that you should do this alone or in a very small group of people from your own household. Additionally, you need to remain at least 2 meters away from anybody else you pass. 

Looking after your mental health:

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