Keeping fit and healthy

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Our parks and green spaces

Hayes EndCurrently our parks and green spaces remain open but please adhere to government guidance on social distancing. 

We believe that by keeping parks and green spaces open it will provide residents with opportunities for physical activity and help mental wellbeing - particularly for those without a garden.  However we encourage residents to adhere to government guidance.

You can meet in a group of up to 6 outside.

Park use guidance 

  • Exercise outside for as often as you wish and sit and rest outside - exercise or recreation can be alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household. 
  • Social distancing is absolutely crucial, so please stay at least 2 metres apart from those not in your household at all times.
  • All drinking fountains within our parks have been turned off.
  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others. The government has published guidance for dog walkers on their website.

Find parks near you

Walking and cycling will reduce pressure on the public transport system and the road network. Consider walking and cycling if you can. 

See cycle routes in Hillingdon

See walking trails in Hillingdon

Leisure centres

Following the recent government announcement, all leisure centres, pools and gyms in Hillingdon will reopen on Wednesday 2nd December.

More information is available on the GLL website


All of our playgrounds remain open under the new national restrictions.

Each playground has been inspected by an independent safety adviser before reopening, and new signage is in place to instruct users on how to keep themselves and others safe.

It is essential that users follow the specific safety advice for each site, which is in line with the government's social distancing and safety guidance. Any failure to do so puts lives at risk.

If you or a member of your household has COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.

Clinically or extremely vulnerable people are at higher risk when using shared equipment.

When visiting a recreational facility it is important that you read the signage on site first and follow the specific instructions. 

  • If using a playground, don't let children put their mouths on the equipment or their hands in their mouths  
  • Keep hand sanitiser with you - apply it before and after using any equipment 
  • Keep at a safe distance at all times, unless with members of your household - if equipment is in use, wait or return later
  • Do not share equipment - only one person at a time 
  • Avoid touching your face
  • No fist-bumps, high-fives or hugs!
  • Don't share phones or equipment
  • Protect yourself and the NHS and don't try any difficult or dangerous tricks
  • As a general rule, do not consume food or drink
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Remember to put your rubbish in the bin or take it home with you. 

Tennis, golf and bowls

Our tennis courts and golf courses have closed under national restrictions that came into place on 5 November.

Our golf courses have reopened.

Read more about our golf courses

Keeping fit if you're self-isolating or working from home

YogaThere are lots of things you can do to help you keep fit and healthy, whilst following government guidance.

  • Our Parks - follow online workouts (Fitness Workout at 10am, Calm Full Body Workout at midday and yoga at 7.30pm) with Our Parks, streamed via Facebook Live. 
  • Sport England - useful tips on how you can get active when you're at home, if you're well enough. 
  • Home workout videos - clear some space in the living room and give these easy 10-minute workouts a go. 
  • 10-minute workouts - equipment-free fitness routines that are great to do at home. 
  • Exercise for over-65s - any levels of activity are good for older adults and the more you can do, the better. 
  • Getting active when you find it difficult - with regular standing and stretches, you can move more in the best way for you. 
  • Move More - Active at Home - tips for staying active at home for older people and those with health conditions
  • Tennis at Home - improve your tennis skills any time, any place, with Lawn Tennis Association Home Activities Hub

If you're keeping active at home, why not email us at and share how you're keeping healthy. 

On Twitter? You can also follow #StayInWorkout to post your own ideas and check out others.

gardening at homeActivities at home

There are many ways to stay entertained at home.

Our Adult Learning team has put together a list of activities - ranging from arts and crafts to gardening - and tips on staying productive if you are working from home.

Find out more

If you're a Hillingdon library member, you can also access a range of reading materials, e-learning tools and explore history and genealogy with our free online resources.

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Young women speaking on the phoneLooking after your mental wellbeing

It's important to take care of your mind as well as your body.

You can access help and support through the Mind in Hillingdon website. You can also give them a call on 01895 271559.

Find out more 

Every Mind Matters has released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing whilst you're at home. Their website also includes guidance if you're feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.

Find out more 

The NHS-led public webinar series, Coping Well During Covid, focuses on helping you cope with the impact of COVID-19. The 60 minute webinars feature topics such as managing wellbeing, anxiety, low mood and sleeping difficulties. Each webinar takes place on Tuesdays at 4pm, and invites participants to explore ideas and tools to support mental health and wellbeing. 

Find out more

Dental practices

Most dental practices are now open and able to safely provide a range of treatments but are having to prioritise patients with urgent need and delayed treatments.

If you need urgent dental care and are having trouble finding a dental practice that has appointments, call NHS 111.  

Page last updated: 02 Dec 2020