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Exercising outdoors during Covid-19: a few thoughts…

By April 20, 2020 Fitness

Getting regular exercise is very important, even more so during times like these.  Many of us have had to abandon our regular exercise routines. Gyms are closed, a large number of people are either working from home or not working at all and non-essential journeys have been forbidden. As a result, many are not getting the amount of exercise they really need and this could have a series of negative consequences. This at a time when many of us could benefit from the many physical and psychological benefits of regular exercise. People who take regular exercise have a lower risk of cancer, osteoarthritis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and dementia. Sedentary behaviour, on the other hand, can increase your risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Not for nothing has it come to be labelled ‘the silent killer’. So how much exercise should you do? The NHS recommends that you should aim for around 150 minutes a week.

Outdoor exercise: the government guidelines.

But what are the government guidelines on outdoor exercise in view of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis? It would be fair to say that they’re not entirely unambiguous, but here are the main points (this advice is correct as of the time of writing: 19/4/20).

  • Stay local and use open spaces near your home.
  • If you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air.
  • Only go outside alone or with members of your household.
  • Keep at lease two meters apart from anyone outside your own household.
  • Take hygiene precautions when outside and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.

Some benefits of working out at home

Although you are perfectly entitled to take outdoor exercise, you may well decide that it isn’t worth the headache. In practice it can be tricky to maintain the required 2 meter distance when running for example and some parks seem to be more crowded than usual. You may also want to avoid judgmental looks from dog-walkers whose charges could quite possibly bite your ankles. Here are some other benefits to working out at home:

  • You don’t have to worry about what to wear.
  • It’s safer. This especially applies to those running on the pavement: getting hit by a speeding car remains a perennial health hazard.
  • You can get other members of the family involved. Admittedly not everyone will see this as an advantage, but anything that gets your children away from their phones and helps them get a good night’s sleep must at least be worth considering.
  • Due to the proliferation of fitness channels on platforms like Youtube, getting ideas for home workouts for all fitness levels is now easier than ever.
  • You don’t have to have a large garden to get have an effective workout as the man who ran a marathon on his seven-metre balcony so admirably demonstrated. If however, you prefer to do a bit of Pilates, I’m sure no one would judge you for it.

OMG Welltech can help navigate you through the highs and lows of health and fitness technology.

Orange Monkey Group supply products for the wellbeing of the body and the mind to numerous channels including retail, health and education. We have made it our goal to improve people’s physical, mental and emotional health, an aim which is even more important to us than the previous heights towards which we have strived. For all too many, feeling good and sleeping well have become something of a luxury. Here at OMG however, we are happy to be able to help our customers enjoy that luxury to the full.

We’re proud to be partnered with the Blink Mental health campaign and we will work hard to support the charity in various ways. It’s an exciting time for us as we get to help those who have been affected by issues that, sadly, any one of us could have the misfortune to experience in our ever more complicated lives.

Clive Norris





Written by Clive Norris

OMG Welltech – Manager for Social Happiness

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