Home Goals – Dr David Crichton

It was a month ago, just after the lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister, that I wrote about the importance of looking after your health and wellbeing. The changes we have all been required to make as a result of the introduction of social distancing has meant we’ve needed to adapt every aspect our lives – how we work, how we shop, how we connect with family and friends and how we exercise.

A recent survey by Sport England has shown that for many people, the importance of exercise during the lockdown has increased with many people seeing the benefit to both their physical and mental wellbeing.

The survey showed that 59% of people are using their daily activity to walk and 44% are doing home-based activities, including online workouts. Many families are exercising together, with 18% of adults who are cycling doing so with their children.

Sport England’s join the movement campaign Stay in, work out aims to inspire people to get active during these uncertain times to improve our physical and mental wellbeing.

On a local level, NHS Doncaster CCG supports the Fit Rovers programme and has been an advocate of it since its introduction in 2017. The scheme has helped thousands of men and women improve their physical health through exercise/physical activity, healthy cooking and lifestyle advice.

Club Doncaster Foundation which runs the programme was to start delivering its next cohort of Fit Rovers in the community in March. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve had to review their approach and have launched a revised programme called “Home Goals”. This is a brand new, free online campaign to provide a safe way to get active at home.

Live sessions will be released each week via their YouTube channel Home Goals – Keeping our community match fit and they are developing a Facebook page to provide participants with the opportunity to access other content and share their own experiences.

I’m really pleased to see this local initiative adapting to the current situation and continuing to support the community at this challenging time. All levels of fitness are catered for, ranging from chair-based exercises to high intensity workouts, so there’s something for everyone. But it’s not just all about exercise. Home Goals will also run tutorials on healthy cooking and provide recipes that are simple and affordable.

So why not take a look and sign up? It’s a great way to get fit, be healthy, connect with others, share your experiences and maybe learn a new skill. All of which will also boost your mental wellbeing whilst you stay at home.

If you would like any further information, visit the Home Goals web page or contact them by email: home.goals@clubdoncasterfoundation.co.uk

And as always, please remember; stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives

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