If you’re self-isolating (for example if you’re over 70, pregnant or have an underlying health condition) but feel well, you can also go outside with the same caveat of keeping your distance from others
If you’re self-isolating because you have symptoms, or someone in your household has them, you shouldn’t leave home but that doesn’t mean you should stop moving. It’s really important to use movement and activity as a way of breaking up your routine, but only if you feel well enough
If you’re unwell, use your energy to get better and don’t try to be active. If you can get out of bed, then do so, but don’t try to do too much
Finally, if you’re feeling better after having had the virus, return to your normal routine very gradually and make sure to have additional rest periods during and after exercise
Dr Foster, Chair of the UK Chief Medical Officers Expert Committee for Physical Activity, said:
“We know lots of people are keen to better understand the government’s latest advice on how to stay physically active while they’re spending a lot of time at home. This guidance has been written to clearly explain what they can and can’t do during this period.
“It’s really important to use movement and activity as a way of breaking up your routine, if you feel well enough. Cook, play active games, dance, go into the garden if you’ve got one.
“Not only is physical activity good for our health and protects against a range of chronic conditions, it’s also good for our wellbeing which is vitally important at times like this.”