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Keep moving, Auckland

Published: 17 August 2020

Update 31/08/2020

Auckland Council has reopened its facilities in line with Alert Level 2. Click here for more information on accessing council services.


Keeping active is an essential part of looking after our physical and mental wellbeing – perhaps even more so during COVID-19.

Here are some ideas for how to get started:

Try a home workout

Staying at home doesn't have to mean cutting back on your exercise. On the Auckland Council Pools and Leisure Facebook page, we’ll be posting regular videos with home workouts for you and your whānau.

Auckland Council Fitness Lead Ritua Ali’iva’a says, “Establishing a regular workout regime during the lockdown will help combat stress and create a sense of routine.

“It is recommended that adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days per week and 60 minutes every day for children.”

Workouts for the whole family

Fitting in exercise can be tough, especially when you have kids. But working out together as a family is a great way to get everyone moving and motivated to exercise.

Ritua Ali’iva’a recommends, “Regular exercise together as a family is a great way to encourage kids to develop healthy lifestyle habits.

And let’s not forget our older whanau. Our amazing instructors from Auckland Council Pools and Leisure have put together some great routines for seniors to help with balance and work the whole body.

Get active

Take a look here for some great home workout ideas to get you started.

All our videos can be found on our Facebook page and on our website. There’s new content coming all the time so keep checking back in.

Get the whole family active and beat lockdown boredom with the #WeGotThisNZ challenge too.

Explore your local park

Keeping it local and exercising in our neighbourhood is a good way to look after ourselves while keeping our whānau and our community safe.

With over 4000 parks and more than 250 paths to explore, there's something within walking distance of home wherever you are in Tāmaki Makaurau.

We would also like to encourage you, when visiting a park, to please take a minute and record your visit by using the manual entry option on the COVID-19 Tracer App. How to manually record a visit:

  1.  Open the NZ COVID Tracer App.
  2. Tap “Record a Visit”.
  3. Tap “Add Manual entry” at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Fill in the Park name and the activity. Arrival date and time is automatically recorded.
  5. When finished, tap “Add entry”.
  6. Your visit has now been recorded.
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Workouts you can do at home

Take some time for yourself and check out one of the at home workouts the Auckland Council Pools and Leisure team has created.