Staying active during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

On Monday 23 March 2020 the Prime Minister announced that everyone should #stayathome as much as possible in response to COVID-19. You can exercise outside, such as go for a walk, run or cycle, as long as you're well enough and follow social distancing guidelines. You must stay more than two metres from others and follow the advice on general hygiene. It's important that you stick to this guidance.

We've split some activities you could do into the four areas below:

Getting hearts beating faster

  • Everyday housework activities
    Yes, these do count! Did you know that activities such as vacuuming, cutting the grass and hanging the washing can all contribute to your 150 active minutes? Try to break up sedentary periods by building in some activity. Why not turn up the tunes and have a boogie around the bedroom?

  • What's Your Move
    A new campaign led by the Active in Barnsley Partnership, giving you ideas of how to get moving and enjoy better health. 
  • Reds in the Community
    Missing your weekly football fix?  Take a look at some of the activities you can join in with.  

  • NHS gym-free workouts
    Put the fun back into fitness with these equipment-free workouts for all levels.

With the kids

  • Stay active with the children - home-based workouts
    Change4Life and Disney have teamed up once again to bring you new Shake Up games inspired by Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, and Disney's The Lion King and Frozen. These 10-minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day!

  • Disney dance-a-longs
    Earlier this year This Girl Can also partnered with Disney to create fun dance routines that you can follow, including The Jungle Book's 'I Wanna Be Like You', Moana's 'You're Welcome', The Little Mermaid and more.

  • Nike - Active Kids Do Better
    It can be great fun for families to get active together. Sometimes, even grown-ups need a bit of support. Check out Nike's Active Home family-friendly activities.

  • Accessible activities for kids
    There are lots of ways to keep disabled children and young people active. Start off by choosing activities your child's interested in and adapt them. (Please note, not all of these activities are recommended during this time of social distancing).

  • Go Noodle
    Movement and mindfulness videos for use with children.

  • BBC Super Movers
    Fun curriculum-linked resources to get your kids moving while they learn.

  • Movement and Mindfulness
    Videos created by child development experts.

  • Premier League Primary Stars
    Activities to help pupils develop skills in everything from balance and coordination to athletics and throwing.

  • imoves
    Teaching resources design to get kids active. Free during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • QuestR
    Resources for parents to support their children to have fun while they continue to learn at home.

  • PE with Joe Wicks
    Started Monday 23 March 2020. 9am every weekday for 30 minutes live on YouTube. No special equipment needed.

  • Cosmic Kids Yoga
    Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged three or over. Used in schools and homes all over the world.

  • Jump Start Jonny
    Fun workout videos to get kids moving

  • Oti Mabuse kids dance classes
    Great dance sessions from one of the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.

  • #ThisIsPE
    Yorkshire Sport Foundation and leading national organisations are working with Physical Educators from across the country to support parents to teach PE at home.

  • Change4Life indoor activities
    Easy ways for kids to keep active if you cannot get outdoors.

  • Travel to Tokyo
    Discover the Travel to Tokyo challenge and join millions of children and their families getting active together.

  • Active Imaginations
    Simple and fun activities that will help 2 to 4-year olds get their 180 minutes of recommended daily physical activity to help them grow healthily.

Gentle activity

  • Active at Home
    Public Health England have produced an ‘Active at Home’ booklet, to provide practical guidance to older adults to maintain strength and balance.

  • 10 Today
    10 Today involves short ten-minute routines to get you stretching and moving. These activities can even be completed seated.

  • Strengthen your lungs with Peter Deadman's qigong routine
    Check out the 20-minute video of three qigong practices to help strengthen the lung. 1: deep, slow, lower abdominal breathing. 2: two qigong movements to benefit the lung. 3: slapping and massaging the lung channel/meridian and the chest.

  • Make Movement Your Mission
    Later Life Training provides short exercise sessions three times per day for older people, at 8am, 12pm and 4pm. The exercises aim to improve mobility, strength and balance. Previous live sessions can be found on YouTube and an activity calendar can be downloaded to track progress.

  • Move It or Lose It live
    Every weekday at 2.30pm on the Move It or Lose It Facebook page, specialist instructor Julie Robinson motivates and encourages you to stay active and feel fit for life with a fitness programme specifically for older people or those with mobility problems, which can even be done sitting down. It improves strength, flexibility, balance strength and confidence.

  • Age UK
    The website offers advice for older people on how to be more active. Age UK also have a home chair based exercise class available on YouTube.

  • Joe Wicks chair workouts for seniors
    This short home workout is designed for seniors or for anyone looking for something a bit lighter. Take care when exercising and if you don't already exercise regularly take it slowly at first.

  • Sitting exercises (NHS)
    These gentle sitting exercises will help improve your mobility and prevent falls, and can even be done at home.

  • Strength exercises (NHS)
    Strength exercises like these can be done at home to improve your health and mobility.

  • Balance exercises (NHS)
    Don't worry if you haven't done much exercise for a while; these balance exercises are gentle and easy to follow.

  • Flexibility exercises (NHS)
    These flexibility exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility.

  • 6in6 - exercises to support your health and independence

  • Get up and go
    Useful leaflet that can be printed to help you ‘stay steady’.

  • Love to Move
    British Gymnastics Foundation has made a seated activity programme so you can take part in gymnastics at home.

Mental wellbeing

  • Every Mind Matters
    Our mental wellbeing is so important during the social distancing measures currently in place. Every Mind Matters has created 12 tips to help.

  • Every Mind Matters – your mind plan quiz
    Answer the five questions in this interactive quiz to get top tips and advice for you. Support for individuals around mental health.

  • MIND
    MIND has put together detailed advice and information on coronavirus and wellbeing.

  • Headspace
    Mindfulness exercises. Please be aware that this programme has a charge for continuing beyond five sessions. Practise relaxation and mindfulness to boost your mood. Try this mindful breathing exercise from Every Mind Matters and read hints and tips on mindfulness from the NHS.

  • Go outside
    For those not self-isolating it's important to get outside if you're working from home or have caring roles. Green space and fresh air are important for our mental as well as physical health, providing you are adhering to the guidance on social distancing.

Being active whilst pregnant

  • Befit4baby
    Befit4baby have information advice and inspiration about ways to get active whilst pregnant.

  • Tommy’s
    Tommy's have a range of exercises you can do whilst pregnant.

  • NHS pregnancy exercise
    The NHS have a tips and advice for exercising during pregnancy.

Get involved

Let us know what you're doing to stay active using the hashtags #activeinBarnsley and #WorkInWorkOut on social media. You can also follow us on Twitter @SportBMBC.

If you think we can add to these activities please get in touch by emailing Sport&ActiveRecreation@barnsley.gov.uk or via Twitter @SportBMBC.