We know that staying active can be good for your mental health, but if you’re unable to leave the house for any reason, staying active can feel like a challenge.
Here are a few suggestions for how you can stay active without leaving the house. Try and choose something you enjoy, and that fits into your daily life. You may need to try a few before you find something you like. You may also find that different things work for you at different times, depending on how you’re feeling.
Try to sit less – if you spend lots of time sitting down, try to get up and move around a bit every hour. If you’re worried you might forget, you could set an alarm to remind yourself.
Chair-based exercises – if you have mobility problems, a physical condition, or find it difficult spending time out of a chair, the NHS website has activity routines you can try while sitting down.
Play an active computer game – there are a few different gaming consoles you could try which involve actively moving your body while playing computer games.
Try exercises or stretches – the NHS website has lots of different routines, or you could try an exercise CD or DVD.
Choose an online programme – there are lots of free, online exercise regimes designed for you to try at home, including everything from chair-based exercises to yoga, and workouts that let you choose your own level.
Do active household chores like hoovering, tidying or DIY.
Include exercise in your day-to-day routine – run up the stairs instead of walking, or do some gentle stretching while you’re watching TV.
Dance – put on some music while you’re cooking and dance around your kitchen, or have a mini dance party with your friends or family.