Keeping active is an essential part of looking after our physical and mental wellbeing – perhaps even more so during COVID-19.
And even though we are all restricted in where we can go and how we can exercise, there are still lots of ways we can get our bodies moving.
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.
Explore your local park
Explore your local park. During COVID-19, Aucklanders are permitted to visit a park for both exercise and wellbeing, provided it is local to your home and you observe physical distancing of 2m from other people at all times
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.
Check out the links below:
- A simple guide for dog walkers during lockdown
- A guide to parks and playgrounds during COVID-19
- Making the most of Auckland's parks
Play the #WeGotThisNZ lockdown challenge
Have fun this lockdown with your ‘bubble’ by playing the free #WeGotThisNZ Lockdown Challenge on the GooseChase app.
Packed with family-friendly virtual missions to complete, the Lockdown Challenge is guaranteed to keep kids (young and old) active and occupied while at home, and four new missions are released every day!