During lockdown, it is important that we all start, continue or renew our physical activity habits. Physical activity supports our physical health and has a positive effect on our mental wellbeing.
The Chief medical officers recommend that adults do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, some activities that maintain or build strength twice a week and spend less time sitting. In addition older adults are recommended to undertake activities that improve balance.
Moving more and sitting less is key to maintaining health. You can find more on the guidance here.
Camden Leisure Centres
Camden’s leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools will be reopened from the 12th April for both members and non-members following Government guidance. More information can be found on: Covid-19 Updates Better website.
Exercising outside has become a lifeline for many.
- Nine Outdoor Gyms available and FREE to use in Camden, exercise and have fun at the Outdoor Gyms close to you.
- Weekly FREE Camden Health Walks available, great way to get outdoors, get some fresh air, meet new people on a nice organised relaxed friendly walk.
- More information about these places in the borough can be found on Camden Parks & Green spaces.
- Walking is a great way of being active on a daily basis Transport for London have a number of walking ideas.
- Couch to 5K starts with a simple walk! Why not download the NHS couch to 5K app today - it's FREE and an enjoyable way to keep active whilst social distance measures are in place.
Physical activity online
There are a number of different activities available online: some live and others pre-recorded, here are some that might be useful:
Two new Camden initiatives full of creativity and interaction:
- Ways to move in Camden is full of local opportunities including virtual classes and links to exercises recommended by many national charities.
- Recommend Me provides information about a wide range of recreational activities, including physical activity and educational workshops in Camden for ages 18+.
(Use #cspavirtualhub in search box to find specialist physical activity sessions for Older people).
- This Tai Chi session provides easy repeating moves that anyone can do seated or standing. Tai chi is calming and great for improving balance.
- Wheelchair users may find this Wheelchair exercise routine is ideal - no equipment necessary.
- Get involved with FREE daily fun online activities to help keep you healthy with Couch to Fitness. List of videos and online support to help boost your motivation.
- The national charity Sense has released Making Sense of Mini-Games aimed at supporting people with multiple or complex disabilities to be active at home. The resource includes step-by-step instructions and activity cards including games that can be enjoyed with little or no equipment, or in any sized space.
- The NHS Fitness Studio website for 10 to 45 minute instructor-led videos in aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, Pilates and yoga.
Children and Young People
- Have a look at the multiple online activities you can take part in on the Camden Virtual Physical Activity Resources.
- The Change for Life website gives 10-minute bursts of fun which will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day
- Check out the Disney dance-along to get children and families moving.
Those living with long term medical conditions
- The ‘We are undefeatable’ campaign includes a range of videos & ideas to encourage those with health conditions to find activities that work for them.
- We Are Undefeatable Facebook page provides inspiration and materials from health charities such as Asthma UK and Versus Arthritis.
- We Are Undefeatable YouTube channel provides an exercise playlists suitable for all abilities- including chair based, strengthening, balance and relaxing exercise.
Club and Community Support
- Sports clubs and associations can access London Sport and Sport England for the latest guidance on physical activity.
- Further infomration and support can also be found on Camden Club and Community Support page.