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Physical activity during COVID-19

While some of our staff are never off their feet, many staff may be finding it difficult to reach their usual level of physical activity.

Physical activity is a great way to improve your physical and mental health. It releases chemicals in your brain (endorphins) that have a positive effect on your mood.

We should do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 times a week. You know it’s moderate exercise when you're breathing more heavily and have a raised heartbeat.

Ways to maintain physical activity include:

  • if you are sitting at a desk for long periods, set a 5 or 10-minute walking break every hour
  • walk around when on your phone
  • get 5 to 10 minutes exercise a few times a day and build up to the recommended 30 minutes 5 days a week

See: Exercise and your mental health

Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 times a week

Being active when you're not at work

You can be active when you're not at work by:

  • getting a walk or jog in within 20km of your home to switch off from work
  • dance with your family in the home to get everyone moving and in a good mood
  • engage in indoor workouts such as jumping jacks and running or skipping on the spot
  • follow workouts on YouTube workouts to get you sweating
  • doing housework counts toward your activity goals - gardening, hoovering, cleaning floors and washing windows are all good ways of keeping active

If you are a part of a group that takes exercise, give them a call to see how they are doing. Or you could organise a Zoom call for the group to join you in some exercises.

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Teaching your children to be active

Why being active helps your health

How to improve your fitness

Being active with a health condition

Page last reviewed: 15/05/2020
Next review due: 15/05/2023