30 Apr

With Race for Life events postponed until the Autumn, Cancer Research UK is encouraging the nation to keep active and united by signing up for Race for Life at Home, in partnership with Tesco. There are three ways supporters can take part, with options for everybody to get involved in their own way, donating to the cause where they can. From a family dance off in the garden, to a HIIT workout in the living room – there is no right or wrong way to do a Race for Life at Home.

28 Apr

Sport England's campaign to keep the nation active during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Join the Movement, continued today with the launch of a new television advert. Made entirely with self-shot videos from members of the public embodying our #StayInWorkOut motto, the ad has been backed by the likes of triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, Strictly Come Dancing's Karen Hauer, ex-England footballer Kelly Smith and former European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey.

23 Apr

Activity levels were on the rise and inactivity was falling before the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, according to Sport England's latest Active Lives Adult Survey.  Published today but conducted in the 12 months to November 2019, the figures show 28.6 million adults were active – i.e. doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week.  This accounts for 63.3% of the nation’s population and is up 404,600 people on the previous 12 months.

22 Apr

Almost two thirds of adults consider exercise to be more important than ever during the current coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Sport England research commissioned from Savanta ComRes shows the impact social distancing and guidance to stay home is having on the nation’s attitude to exercise. Carried out earlier this month, after the government announced its social distancing guidelines, the new figures show 63% of adults in England say it’s more important to be active now, compared to before coronavirus. The majority of people (67%) also believe exercise is helping them with their mental health during the outbreak.

#RoamSweetHome is a new campaign from the Ramblers designed to encourage everyone to keep active safely for leisure, health and happiness close to home and at home, as well as inspiring and connecting everyone who loves walking and the outdoors. #RoamSweetHome offers lots of advice, activities and entertainment, all in line with official Government guidance on social distancing and safe exercising.

During this Covid-19 crisis, a risk to the country's seniors is that their mobility deteriorates putting them at higher risk of dependence and falls. We know too that it is a challenge for staff supporting them to stay active while adhering to any Covid-19 restrictions. Later Life Training has devised a series of short online regular movement sessions called Make Movement your Mission. These movement sessions can be done either in a chair or standing holding onto a support and are being broadcast by Later Life Training UK in response to the current crisis being experienced by seniors.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events. The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which should have taken place on Sunday 26 April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019.

Key workers across the UK can now find cycle-related offers and locate bike stores that are open in their local area, with a live online map. Sustrans has created the map to make cycling easier for key workers as they travel to and from work each day during Covid-19.

Local authorities have been given more powers so they can increase space for people walking and cycling during the lockdown period. In new temporary guidance from the Department for Transport changes have been made to how Traffic Regulation orders are consulted on to support the ongoing development of cycling and walking schemes during the lockdown period.

8 Apr

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has adapted a simple set of exercises designed for older people to help prevent deconditioning whilst living in isolation. Developed by physiotherapy experts the exercises are designed to help older people stay strong, improve mental health and prevent falling.

The latest government guidance on exercise in public open spaces – information correct as of 7 April 2020. The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home. However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day.

A worldwide survey has launched with the aim of understanding how people’s attitudes and behaviours around coronavirus are impacted by official government actions and advice. The 20-minute questionnaire is being made available in 20 countries and in 40 languages and is part of a larger study survey – I-CARE (International Covid-19 Awareness and Responses Evaluation) – which looks at the effectiveness of international state measures to tackle COVID-19, across six continents. It will also look at how varying country responses to the pandemic affect virus cases and deaths to find ways to reduce the rate of infection.

5 Apr

Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust have responded to a pressing need for action following the Government’s announcement of school closures, remote working and social distancing. A workforce of more than 450 trusted and experienced leaders of school sport and physical activity programmes are being redeployed to provide online activities and digital content to support every child in achieving 60 active minutes a day in line with the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance.

Using makeshift skipping ropes and teddy bears as balls, children across the UK are not letting being stuck at home without equipment stop them from achieving their 60 active minutes a day. In the last 14 days, more than 43,100 downloads of free resources from children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust and partner Complete PE have been made, inspiring the nation’s young people to use whatever they have in their living rooms, kitchen and bedrooms to keep moving, access PE and develop physical literacy.

1 Apr

A Loughborough University academic, Dr Janine Coates, has shared practical tips to help parents and guardians deliver physical development opportunities to children at home following the closure of nurseries and other childcare facilities. Dr Coates says, as well as keeping children’s mind active during this difficult time, it is important that parents remember to keep children moving and exploring. This is because these activities aid with physical development, which involves developing control of muscles and physical coordination. It is the primary function in all other life skills and enables children to complete simple tasks such as sitting still, holding a pencil, putting on shoes and reading.

British Cycling has launched a daily activity calendar to keep kids moving and help them to develop new skills, as millions across Britain adjust to life out of school. Using British Cycling’s HSBC UK Ready Set Ride games and activities, the daily activities will be shared through its YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels at 11:00 each day, until Friday 24 April. They are suitable for children from as young as 18 months to eight years old, and many can be done without a bike – making them perfect for indoor play.

The UK Government has produced guidance for the public on the wellbeing and mental health aspects of coronavirus. As well as considering mental health this guidance considers how to look after your physical wellbeing. Your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise inside where possible and outside once a day, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs.

10 Today’ audio exercise routines, which have been designed to help older people stay active at home during the coronavirus outbreak, will be available on demand through BBC Sounds and broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. The broadcasts are the result of a special partnership between Sport England, Demos, Anchor Hanover and the BBC and have been inspired by Japan’s Radio Taiso - which broadcasts popular national daily exercise programmes on Japanese radio.

With current Government advice recommending against non-essential contact and all unnecessary travel, British Cycling is joining with Sport England and encouraging the cycling community to #StayInWorkOut. The British Cycling Race Series – an eight-week series of races and workouts on popular online training platform Zwift – has been designed for people to have fun and stay active during the global uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the country’s leading sports stars teamed up with the NHS last weekend to issue a rallying cry for fans to play their part in showing coronavirus the red card by staying at home. The nation’s top footballers, managers, cricket and basketball players are casting aside their rivalries to unite in supporting the NHS #StayHomeSaveLives social media campaign.