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Physical Activity

Physical activity can have a hugely positive impact on our mental health, such as improved sleep, lower stress and anxiety levels, more connection, better self-esteem and a reduction in low mood and depression.

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Self-isolating but still want to exercise?

If you are social distancing or self-isolating, here are some ways you can still be active:

  • Do a regular online exercise class – The University of Exeter Sports Park has daily exercise classes that you can join for free, including Hiit, pilates, Body Balance, boot camp, yoga, Zumba and more. Alternatively, try the free NHS online fitness studio, which has options for aerobic exercise, strength/resistance and yoga/Pilates.
  • Sport England’s Join the Movement campaign has lots of free resources to help you get active at home, as well as advice on exercising outdoors. Share how you are getting active using #StayInWorkOut
  • Go for a walk or run if you are able to keep your distance from others. If you live in a crowded area, you could try running up and down your stairs and/or garden if you have one.
  • Stretch regularly – give these NHS desk-based stretches a go.
  • Staff Life has a range of activities for staff to take part in remotely, including yoga, pilates and tai chi.
  • Think about what kind of exercise you most enjoy and are most likely to engage with – you may prefer a solo run, or a group video workout.
  • Watch this video from Prof. Andy Jones about the benefits of exercise and nutrition, and how to keep healthy during lockdown
  • Activity Alliance - the national charity and leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity.

* Please note: It is important that if you have an existing health condition or are on any prescribed medication that you seek professional/medical advice before starting any new form of exercise or fitness regime.