Relax while being active

Relax while being active

There are ways that you can be active that are relaxing and enjoyable. After all, moving more can be a great way to clear your head and feel great afterward.

Finding a calming activity you can do around the home is one way of continuing to stay active while government COVID-19 measures are currently in place. Some people find activities like yoga and Pilates calming and centring, even at levels they sometimes find challenging. Heraldo found his Pilates classes could sometimes stretch muscles he didn’t even realise he had!

These sorts of activities can be done at a variety of levels, including at a very low intensity helping you to gradually build up. And they can have the added benefit of helping you build up strength and improve balance and coordination. If you want give this a go, try out one of the low intensity videos in our list of resources.

If you’re social distancing and able to leave the house once a day for exercise, there are other ways you can move that you might find relax you and help clear your head. Some people, including Ian, find activities like cycling can help lift their spirits and improve their focus. Ian uses an electric bike when he gets out for his daily form of exercise, which allows him to take his cycle ride at his own pace. And Heraldo walks in the green areas near his home, taking the opportunity to both move more and get closer to nature.

Sometimes, being active can provide the opportunity to unwind. Moving doesn’t have to be high intensity to count! A walk to the shops or a trip to the park as part of your daily allotted exercise can provide the chance to get outdoors for a short while, plus gives you the chance to top up your Vitamin D. You can track the walking you already do with the Active 10 app, which is linked to in the relevant resources section.

Our Activities

  • Finding an activity that works for you

    Finding an activity that works for you

    Discover how you can find ways of enjoying new activities - or those you’ve loved in the past - that work for you, depending on how you are able to move.

  • Digital tools to help you move

    Digital tools to help you move

    Learn about the many online resources – including those that are free – that can help you move more while taking care of yourself by staying indoors.