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Helping people move more in lockdown

Our new project will ensure that elderly and vulnerable people can stay active throughout the lockdown with a specially-designed booklet

Woman looking out of a window with a cup.

Social distancing, home-working and closed businesses are ‘the new normal’ across the world during the Covid-19 crisis. But most of us can still go outside to exercise, and millions are also using online platforms to attend clubs, classes and activities from the comfort of their living room.

But for some, the lockdown is more presents more serious limitations. Many people are unable to leave the house at all. Others may struggle to join a Zoom meeting, or may not have access to the internet.

The book contains exercises and techniques that are relevant for older or less mobile people to do around the home, including seated and standing exercises. There are also sections on lifestyle, mental health and local support organisations.

"There has never been a more important time to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Keeping active at home is an enjoyable way to stay fit and relieve stress. In this booklet you can find lots of ideas on how you can get more active, starting today."

Dr Andy Douglas, Public Health England

Active at Home has been designed in partnership with Age UK, the Centre for Ageing Better, Sport England and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. It is part of wider awareness campaigns from Sport England and Move More — a Sheffield-based scheme to promote exercise during coronavirus.

It is being delivered to thousands of older and vulnerable people across the city from Monday 27 April 2020.

“Whilst many excellent digital resources are available to support people to stay active and healthy at home, there is little for people who do not use the internet. Physical inactivity can have major implications for everyone, particularly those with health conditions and also older people whose mobility could be compromised.

“This booklet is designed to empower and support older and vulnerable people to take daily exercise as well as having a healthy routine to help keep them as physically and mentally strong as possible.”

Dr Anna Lowe, National Centre of Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM)

You can find more information about the University's response to the Covid-19 crisis in our coronavirus advice section.

You can access the booklet online on the Move More Sheffield website. The website is also being used to host a variety of other resources to support physical and mental wellbeing among the city’s residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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