Staying fit and healthy during the Coronavirus pandemic – Dr David Crichton

On Monday 23 March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The message was clear: we must all stay at home.

The only reasons you should leave your home are:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • One form of exercise per day, such as a run, walk, cycle; alone or with a member of your household
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travel to/from work but only when necessary and where you can’t work from home

The majority of people are staying at home and I’d like to thank you all for that. But these are difficult times for all of us. We understand that the government directive means a massive change for everyone. Social distancing 2 meter rules mean we all have to alter our behaviour and adjust to the changes required of us.

It’s easy to become anxious and scared about all of this but there are many positive things happening which we must look to for hope.

We can all still stay fit and healthy. It’s an opportunity for us to dust off that exercise equipment or to enjoy some fresh air as we undertake our one form of daily exercise.

Sport England has launched the “Stay in, work out” movement, providing tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. Join the Movement and use #StayInWorkOut to share how you’re getting active during this time.

NHS UK have a wide range of resources available to support your wellbeing, including exercise videos so you can stay active whilst at home. Whether you’re into aerobic exercise, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga, need some mobility exercises or just want a quick 10 minutes, there’s a video for you!

Looking after your health and emotional wellbeing is important and is hopefully a regular part of your overall daily activities. In light of the COVID-19 breakout, now more than ever, I ask people to be mindful of their physical and emotional wellbeing and ensure you are taking time to keep yourself well.

  • NHS Choices Wellbeing podcasts cover a range of topics such as coping with panic and anxiety. More widely, there are thousands of podcasts available that cover everything you could ever want to listen to – click here for a guide to listening to podcasts for beginners.
  • Singing is a great way of boosting your wellbeing, and you can now register your interest in the Great British Home Chorus which was announced recently by choirmaster Gareth Malone as a way to boost the nation’s morale during self-isolation.

And if you need to keep your children entertained and engaged there are some fantastic websites providing free educational resources for different ages, abilities and interests. Here are just a couple of examples:

When I was out for my daily walk one day last week, I saw this poster outside someone’s house and was quite humbled.

The respect and appreciation being shown for the NHS is heart-warming and I hope staff are feeling valued. A huge amount of work is being undertaken across the NHS and its partners to prepare Doncaster to tackle the pandemic.

On Thursday last week, people around the UK took part in #Clapforourcarers, applauding all NHS and care workers who are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. This sentiment and solidarity was greatly appreciated by NHS staff. 

For the latest information in Doncaster, you can visit the ‘COVID-19 Doncaster’ Facebook and Twitter pages. And please remember:

Stay at home, Protect our NHS, Save lives


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