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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.

Visit Joe Wicks' YouTube channel for 'PE Lessons' every weekday from 9–9.30am.

Visit Cosmic Kids Yoga's YouTube channel for fun yoga that uses storytelling to help keep kids calm and strong.

Find quick, easy and fun 10-minute bursts of activity involving Disney characters on the Change4Life website.

Exercise for older children and young people