Walking in the time of coronavirus

By Tara Curran Coronavirus News   |   26th Mar 2020

Our Slí na Sláinte Coordinator Tara Curran shares her tips on ways to enjoy the great outdoors while still practising social distancing

Under the current circumstances when we are all doing our best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by maintaining social distance, walking groups should not be meeting up.

Please remember that current government advice is that you can only travel within 2km of your home for exercise this also applies to walking.

Even though walking groups meet to walk in the outdoors, it is recommended that groups of more than four people should not be meeting up unless they are from the same family.

Therefore, walking groups should not be meeting up as it would be too difficult to maintain a 2 metre distance at all times from fellow walkers.

It is still really important for our physical and mental health to keep active

.

However, it is still really important for our physical and mental health to keep active. Adults are encouraged to take 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity at least 5 days a week, to include strength exercises at least twice week and those aged over 65 should include balance activities.

You can still get out for walks in the fresh air so, here are some tips to maintain a social distance while walking:

Get out at times of the day when you are unlikely to meet lots of people like early in the morning or late in the evening

.

You can keep the social connection going with your walking group virtually by taking on a group challenge like walk 100 km over four weeks and share photos or videos of your progress.

You could set up a group video call at the time you usually meet for a walk or try a virtual step challenge using one the many free apps available to keep each other motivated.

For more information on keeping active please see our Be Active leaflet.

Share

Facebook Twiter Email

Related Topics

coronavirus Covid-19 physical activity walking

More on Coronavirus News

As COVID-19 cases increase please get your vaccine/booster

With increased cases of COVID-19 public urged to avail of vaccines

Read More

Coronavirus News   |   30th Jun 2022

COVID-19 pandemic had major impact on heart failure patients.

Over a third of heart failure patients had an appointment cancelled due to the pandemic

Read More

Heart News   |   6th May 2022

Everyone 65 and older can now get second COVID booster vaccine

People aged 65 and older now eligible for their second COVID-19 Booster vaccine

Read More

Coronavirus News   |   22nd Apr 2022

People Aged 12 or Over Urged to Get Booster

People aged 12 years or over are being urged by HSE to get their booster vaccine as soon as they are eligible.

Read More

Coronavirus News   |   28th Mar 2022

Translate »