Staying active 

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

Better leisure centres in Camden are closed – more information can be found on:  Covid-19 Updates Better website.
 

Continue being physically active using some of the suggestions shown below:

Exercise outside 

Exercising outside has become a lifeline for many. 

  • 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.

(The Outdoor Gyms are currently closed and the FREE Camden Health Walks are suspended during lockdown).


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.
  • 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

Those living with long term medical conditions

Club and Community Support