We are all spending more time at home, distancing ourselves from large gatherings, or generally changing our routines. It can be easy to lose motivation to be active. At times like these, it is more important than ever to keep moving, to keep ourselves physically well, as well as to improve stress levels and happiness.
Although we can now exercise outdoors more often, which is a great relief for lots of us, it is vital that we all do this safely and follow the national guidance on staying safe outside your home. To limit the further spread of COVID-19 it is still important that we continue to:
- Stay at home as much as possible. If you have to travel, please avoid the rush hour, only use public transport for essential journeys, and walk or cycle whenever possible.
- Stay local, and avoid busy places.
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep physically distanced from those who are most vulnerable
- Always keep a distance of at least 2 metres (6ft) from people outside of your household.
Parks and Facilities
Most parks including Beechwood and Shroggs parks are open for people to stay active. Ogden Water and the surrounding paths remain closed until further notice.
At Shroggs and Beechwood parks, there are ponds, a maze and lots of woodland paths to explore. Shroggs has a great hard surfaced track for riding your bike, scooting or skating on too. Remember anyone using them must follow the social distancing guidelines at all times.
Play areas are currently still closed and play equipment remains taped off to avoid the risk of infection. There are however, lots of ideas for things to do in the garden or outside.
The Council’s running tracks, outdoor gym equipment and sports courts also remain closed whilst it reviews the latest guidance and decides whether it is safe to reopen some services. Stay Active During COVID 19 has lots of resources and inspiration to keep you moving.
If you have trouble getting out or shielding, there’s help to keep you moving indoors safely too.
Find out more
For the latest information and updates on COVID-19 in Calderdale, visit the Calderdale Council COVID-19 dedicated page.
If you are shielding, or showing symptoms of COVID-19, then you should remain indoors, and seek advice from the government website.
For more in depth information on the changes to the rules around physical activity, please see the Sport England Q&A page.