Exercise is a great way to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
If you are at home most or all of the time, it is important to try to exercise every day if you can. This will help with energy, motivation and staying in a positive mood.
Endorphins and other helpful chemicals like serotonin and dopamine are released during exercise, which can help you to stay positive and deal with uncertainty. If you are not used to exercising regularly, make sure you don’t do too much too soon. Build up the amount you do slowly. Check first with your doctor if you have any particular health concerns.
Types of exercise
The NHS has more information about why and how often you should exercise.
Active Norfolk has details of a wide range of exercise and sport near where you live, suitable for all ages and abilities.
There are also lots of free or low-cost mobile phone apps and websites for health and fitness to explore, for example:
- Park run – weekly 5km runs or walks for all abilities, in your local park
- Joe Wicks – home workouts from the Body Coach
- 30-day Ab Challenge – available from the App Store or Amazon
- Couch to 5K – a running plan for beginners
- Nike Training Club – free fitness training plans
- Yoga with Adriene – guided yoga videos for all levels and abilities
- Strava – fitness app for runners and cyclists