Keeping fit and healthy
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In this section
- Our parks and green spaces
- Leisure centres
- Exercise at home
- Activities at home
- Looking after your mental wellbeing
Currently our parks and green spaces remain open. We believe that keeping parks and green spaces open will provide residents with opportunities for physical activity and help mental wellbeing - particularly for those without a garden. We encourage residents to adhere to government guidance and to adhere to government guidance on social distancing.
Park use guidance
- Exercise outside once a day - exercise outside can be alone or with members of your household, or with one other person from another household. From Monday 8 March, recreation or exercise will be allowed outdoors with people from your household or 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. Read government guidance for dog walkers
Walking and cycling will reduce pressure on the public transport system and the road network. Consider walking and cycling if you can.
Under the new national lockdown in England, leisure centres, pools and gyms in Hillingdon are closed.
Our playgrounds remain open and signage is in place to instruct users on how to keep themselves and others safe.
If you, or a member of your household, has COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home.
Please note: Clinically or extremely vulnerable people are at higher risk when using shared equipment.
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.
When visiting a recreational facility, 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 in our playgrounds.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
- Remember to put your rubbish in the bin or take it home with you.
There are lots of things you can do to help you keep fit and healthy, whilst following government guidance.
- Our Parks - follow online workouts 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 email@example.com and share how you're keeping healthy.
On Twitter? You can also follow #StayInWorkout to post your own ideas and check out others.
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.
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.
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.
Every Mind Matters has released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing whilst you're at home, plus guidance if you're feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.
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.
Thrive London has provided mental health support during the pandemic, helping people to cope and stay well this winter. Support includes how to manage financial anxiety and uncertainty, and resources that support mental health and wellbeing.