The Fair Play Foundation’s Stay Safe Stay Active campaign aims to encourage physical activity during this difficult time and attempts to celebrate the enjoyable and ingenious ways we are all finding to try and help maintain both our physical and mental health at this trying and difficult period.
In the coming weeks and months we will also be releasing a series of activity videos designed to help inspire and encourage you to keep up the activity’s, even although we are under restrictions. So keep a watch for those videos and we look forward to seeing some of your home online activity clips so please lets us know what your doing to Stay Isolated and Stay Active
Activity video 1
Our Stay Safe, Stay Active initiative is established on the 2019 Physical Activity (PA) Guidelines established by the UK Chief Medical Officers. The emphasis is to focus on performing at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or perform at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity per week. This will help to develop and improve cardiovascular functioning. There is a strong body of scientific evidence that supports the engagement of physical activity protects against a range of chronic conditions. By meeting these guidelines we can reduce the risk of:
- Type 2 diabetes by up to 40%
- Coronary heart disease by up to 35%
- Depression by 30%
Additionally, there is a significant importance to maintain and develop muscular strength and balance for adults. The UK guidelines advise that we should perform strength-based exercises at least twice per week. This is important to help delay the natural decline in muscle mass and also bone density that starts around 50 years of age. Importantly, when we are engaging in our daily activity sessions please ensure you stay 2-metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
Activity Video 2
Staying Active To Improve Your Mental Wellness
We all know that staying active can help you physically but did you know that by meeting your weekly activity goals you can also improve your mental health.
Exercise and Depression
- A recent meta-analysis by Schuch et al. (2018) reported a positive relationship between physical activity and offering protection against the development of depression regardless of age or where you live. CKarmel Choi
Exercise and Stress
- It has also been suggested that performing physical activity can relieve tension and stress, enhance physical and mental energy levels through a chemical release process that occurs during the performed activity. Ayoub et al. (2015) reported that performing Yoga can lead to a reduction of stress levels and lessen negative feelings of anxiety and depression, improved sense of well-being, and better sensory-motor performance.
Additional Mental and Emotional Benefits of Activity
- Improved memory, concentration and cognitive processing.
- Studies also suggest that performing physical activities can stimulate the growth of new brain cells and helps to counteract age-related decline.
- Improve self-esteem. When an activity becomes routine, it can promote greater self-worth and make you feel emotionally powered.
- Improved quality and depth of sleep. Even preforming short periods of physical activity can help regulate your sleep patterns. If you prefer to exercise at night, relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help improve sleep.
- Greater resilience. When confronted with mental or emotional challenges in life, physical activity can help you manage these challenges in a healthy way. Instead of resorting to alcohol, drugs, or other adverse behaviours that may only worsen your symptoms.
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Good luck and please Stay Safe, Stay Active