During the current lockdown we are allowed to exercise outdoors as many times as we like as long as we follow social distancing guidelines. You can exercise with people from your own household, or with one other person (keeping socially distanced).
We’ve gathered together some advice on getting started with walking, running and cycling and links to find places to go to exercise outdoors.
Getting Outside During Covid-19 Website
The Ordnance Survey has joined forces with Natural England to create The Getting Outside during Covid-19 website bringing together current advice from government, councils and other outdoor organisations, to help you decide where to go and what to do in the open air.
The site enables people to search by activity and location for suggestions and ideas about how they can enjoy the outside safely. Search Lincolnshire and see what you can find!
Many of us have discovered the pleasures of walking during our daily exercise during the Covid-19 epidemic. Walking is not only great exercise but also beneficial for mental health and wellbeing. One of the great things about walking is it doesn’t require any equipment and can be fitted easily into your daily routine. You don’t have to go on long walks to reap the benefits, if you walk briskly then 15 minutes a day can have a positive impact on your health.
If you’re already a keen walker, check out Getting Outside During Covid-19 site (above) to look for new routes in Lincolnshire. Our Go- Explore app is also a great way to discover new routes to walk near you. The app has routes suitable for all levels of fitness.
If you’re walking in the Countryside, please remember to follow the Countryside code.
If you’ve not been active for a while and are unsure about your fitness levels, just remember to take it easy and build up the length of your walks gradually.
The NHS have helpful information about beginning walking including links to the free Active 10 app, which encourages daily brisk walking. Read more
Getting started if you have a health condition
This guide from the Ramblers Association/ Health walks provides helpful advice about walking if you have an underlying health condition. Most of the advice is relevant now, but please note this page is published pre-covid. Read more
Walking with Toddlers and Children
Some top tips from Sustrans for walking with toddlers and children. Read more
If you’re new to running the free Coach to 5k app is a great place to start. The app builds you up with time and effort, so you’ll always be impressed with what you can do. A virtual coach will guide you through the 9 week programme. Read more about the programme
Riding a bike is fantastic exercise, and it’s also an environmentally friendly way to travel. In Lincolnshire most people won’t be too far from some picturesque countryside to cycle through, and most of it is also flat!
If it’s been long while since you got on a bike or you’ve never cycled before check out this NHS Cycling for Beginner’s Guide
British Cycling have created Let’s Ride Local to encourage safe and responsible cycling – the website includes tips and advice on riding locally, as well as instructions on teaching children how to ride. Read more
Sustrans have some great advice for people new to cycling, as well as links to cycle routes. Read more
Follow the links below to find link to more information about cycle routes in Lincolnshire by district/ area. Many of these also feature links to local cycling clubs, which you might want to join when lockdown restrictions allow you to do so.
Visit Lincoln has information about Cycle routes in and around Lincoln and across Lincolnshire
Cycle Routes by area: