Outdoor exercise while keeping the social distance


From Wednesday, May 13th, the Government are increasing people’s access to outdoor physical activity, leisure or recreation for the purpose of health and wellbeing. This includes use of outdoors sports courts and facilities.

Although you are allowed to be physically active outdoors, you can only exercise alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household while keeping 2 metres apart at all times.

As you already know, if you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

We know you’ve missed exercising outdoors more often than once a day, so we’ve put together some great resources you can use to enjoy your active routine even more.

If you want to start slowly and steady with a walk, there are a number of amazing routes in and around Leeds that you can use to stay active outdoors. Check out the Leeds City Council’s ‘Great Walks in Leeds’ webpage to find both short and long distance routes perfect for a walk and download free leaflets about different walks:

The Ramblers community has created the #RoamSweetHome steps challenge that encourages you to walk and count your steps, no matter if you’re climbing the stairs at home or taking a walk in the park. To find out more about their initiative, visit

Running lovers will also be happy to know that they can run for an unlimited time, as long as they do it alone or with members of their household. This won’t be possible as part of a group though.

For both experienced runners and the ones who would like to try running for the first time, Run Leeds gives you a full list with Leeds routes you can try to put your feet into action while enjoying a picturesque view: https://www.runleeds.co.uk/route.
They have also written a blog piece about safety considerations while running: https://www.runleeds.co.uk/article/running-safely-during-covid-19/.

The NHS couch to 5K week by week programme helps you become a better runner while tracking your progress:

2-wheels enthusiasts can also take advantage of unlimited cycling rides. British Cycling has created Let’s Ride Local that provides support, encouragement and activity ideas for families cycling during lockdown. To find out more about this campaign, visit

For details about the latest cycling guidance, check out https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20200512-about-bc-news-British-Cycling-Updated-Coronavirus-Guidance-0.

To find out more about changes to Leeds City Council parks following the latest government advice, visit

For more information about the latest government advice regarding physical activity, visit https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus.

You are now also allowed to play other sports which are based in a club such as tennis and golf, but make sure you respect the social distancing rules set up by the sports clubs and governing bodies. (Here’s a good example from the Lawn Tennis Association)



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