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Staying active

Staying active in Islington

Our parks and open spaces are a lifeline for keeping people physically and mentally healthy, so please help us keep them open by following these instructions.

  • Maintain social distancing at all times
  • You can exercise in a group of up to six people from different households but you must maintain social distancing
  • You must keep your dog under close control at all times. To help, we advise that you keep your dog on a lead during busy times
  • No barbecues
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially when you get back home

Runners and walkers be responsible and protect yourself and others from coronavirus

  • Maintain social distancing at all times
  • Keep to the left
  • Don’t walk or run in large groups
  • Don’t overtake unless there is room
  • Don’t spit
  • Keep to the left to avoid crowds
  • Be considerate of others

Staying active at home 

Everyday housework activities - yes, they do count! Did you know that activities such as vacuuming, cutting the grass & 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 round the bedroom - Hugh Grant style!

Fitness Blender - Bring the gym into your own home with over 500 free online workout

Joe Wicks 7 days of sweat - 7 days, 7 workouts, 20 minutes a day. No equipment needed

Equipment-free 10 minute workouts - NHS - These equipment-free fitness routines are great to do at home and short enough for you to easily fit them into your daily schedule. There's a cardio option, toning workout, abs and more!

Build strength & boost your mood - Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. This 45-minute video from the NHS is suitable for all fitness levels

Our Parks - A range of home-exercise workout videos for ages 16+

Staying active with kids:

Research shows that physical activity supports children to absorb and retain new information. We have put together a list of our top Active Learning tools and resources for primary age children, to support parents through the school closure period

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

Stay active with the children - home-based workouts! - Change 4 Life and Disney have teamed up to create 10-minute Shake Ups that will contribute to your kids' 60 active minutes>

Disney Dance-a-longs - Fun follow-along dance routines to follow including The Jungle Book's "I Wanna Be Like You", Moana's "You're Welcome", The Little Mermaid and more

Accessible Activities for Kids - There are lots of ways to keep disabled children and young people active – start off by choosing activities your child is interested in and adapt them. (Please note, not all of these activities are recommended during this time of physical distancing).

Movement & Mindfulness  - Videos created by child development experts appealing to kids' different ages, interests, skills, and abilities

Cosmic Kids Yoga - Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world

Education and activity

Youth Sport Trust - PE activities designed for primary aged children that can be done individually or in pairs/small groups with a focus on the development of physical competence

Burn2Learn - Designed for pre/primary school children, these PE challenges and games aim to develop children's coordination and motor skills.

Premier Education - Free, easy activities and challenges to support the three key areas of childhood development. Little or no equipment required

Tagtiv8 - An active learning approach to teach English and Mathematics for primary aged children

Active Maths - Interactive resources that will enhance and enrich the teaching and learning of maths

Quest - Resources for parents to support their children to have fun while they continue to learn at home

Staying Mobile:

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

NHS - Strength exercisesStrength exercises like these can be done at home to improve your health and mobility.

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

NHS - Flexibility exercisesThese flexibility exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility.

Parasport - Parasport are producing home workout routines especially designed for disabled people

MS Society - Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can make it hard to exercise. The MS Society has created a range of exercises specifically designed for individuals with MS.

NHS Pilates - Regular pilates practice can help with posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. This NHS pilates-inspired workout is suitable for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia


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