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Keeping active during COVID-19

Tips on how to keep children and young people physically active when staying at home.

Daily exercise is important for the mind and body. Encourage your child to take regular breaks from screens, move around and get active.

Getting out and about

Fresh air is good for everyone – make use of gardens, if you have one. If you choose to go out for daily exercise, your children could walk, run, cycle or scoot.

When you’re outside, remember to keep at least 2 metres away from other people, try not to touch anything and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Please remember all playgrounds and exercise equipment in parks as well as tennis or basketball courts are not to be used at present, following government guidance.

Ways to keep your daily exercise interesting

• Over 10,000 children take part in the Daily Mile every day in Lewisham schools. Why not encourage them to continue this? Read more about The Daily Mile at home challenge

• See how many rainbows or teddy bears you can spot in windows – take photos and share your pictures on social media using #wearelewisham

• Let the children use headphones so they can listen to their favourite music on the walk.

Online exercise classes

Screen time can be a useful tool in keeping active. There are lots of things online for children (and parents) of all ages.

Joe Wicks' Youtube channel is running ‘PE Lessons’ every week day from 9am-9.30am.

Cosmic Kids yoga uses storytelling to make yoga fun and help keep kids strong and calm.

• The NHS Change4Life website has quick, easy and fun 10-minute bursts of activity involving favourite Disney characters.

Exercise for older children and young people

• YouthFirst provides youth work to over 11,000 young people in Lewisham, and has a launched an online youth service with fitness challenges and dance routines to learn and get involved in on their TikTok and Instagram channels.

• Sport England has launched a Stay In, Work Out campaign that young people and adults can follow on social media to stay motivated.