The coronavirus has killed people of all ages but the elderly and anyone with underlying health conditions are the most at-risk of the illness. The Government has introduced guidelines while the UK is in lockdown to help protect people from catching COVID-19.
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Can over 70s go out for exercise?
There are four reasons why people should leave their house in the current lockdown.
They can shop for basic necessities like food and medicine, and this should be done as infrequently as possible.
You can leave your home for medical needs, such as donating blood, providing care or help to a vulnerable person, and to avoid or escape risk of injury.
You’re also allowed to travel for work purposes if you cannot work from home, and you can undertake one form of exercise a day either alone or with members of your household.
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Can over 70s go out for exercise?
Exercise is important not only to physical wellbeing but also for a person’s mental health
While outside, people are asked to practise social distancing.
This means staying at a distance of two metres or 6ft away from others, and in particular avoiding contact with anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature and/or a persistent cough).
Gatherings of any size in public spaces are to be avoided. This measure led to the closing of social venues like pubs and restaurants because the infection spreads easily in closed spaces where people get together.
Contacting a GP should be done via telephone or online services and people should avoid meetings with friends and family.
If over 70, you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than two metres or 6ft away from others
The Government advice states: “We strongly advise you to follow these measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you are over 70 (regardless of medical conditions).”
If over 70, you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than two metres or 6ft away from others.
Exercise is important not only to physical wellbeing but also for a person’s mental health.
There are ideas for exercises you can do at home on the NHS website.
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The Government’s health advice says: “Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating.
“You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.
“At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse.
“There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time.”
Exercising at home is a good way to stay physically active during the lockdown
These include exercising at home and spending time doing things you enjoy like reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV.
The health advice says people should try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs.
Keeping windows open to let in fresh air, getting some natural sunlight if possible, or going outside into the garden if you have one are also advised.
The Government says: “We know that staying at home for a prolonged period can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you or other household members may feel low.
“It can be particularly challenging if you don’t have much space or access to a garden.
“It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if you need it. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media.
“There are also sources of support and information that can help, such as the Every Mind Matters website.”
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