How to thrive during lockdown – keep fit, well and active

23 August 2021

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City West Housing’s (CWH) priority is the health and safety of our residents, so we’ve compiled a range of resources including videos and expert advice on how to keep fit, well and active whilst at home from yoga and dance to a 10-minute whole body workout video, plus tips on how to exercise safely outside under the current COVID-19 restrictions.


Keep up the exercise

Exercise is great for physical health but can also have a positive effect on wellbeing, according to Beyond Blue.

Regular physical activity is a good way to help prevent or manage mild anxiety and depression. Keeping active can help you stay physically fit and mentally healthy, which is particularly important as people deal with the effects of COVID-19. Research shows that exercise can:

  • help lift mood
  • help improve sleeping patterns
  • increase energy levels
  • help block negative thoughts and/or distract people from daily worries
  • helps improve your overall health and reduces your risk of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, many types of cancer, dementia, depression and anxiety, find out more.

Guest contributor, Qualified Movement Specialist, Naomi Pendergast from RPX Fitness shares some exercises you can easily do at home.

How to stay fit during lockdown

Getting through lockdown has definitely been a challenge to say the least. It can feel like every day is groundhog day, and finding the motivation can be tough during periods like this. What we do know is exercise has been scientifically proven to improve mood and of course get you fit and keep you looking good.  With all this in mind it’s important to keep up a few exercises each day to get you through a tough lockdown.

Naomi's exercise video

Read more and watch Naomi’s exercise video here.

Exercise must go on(line)

Guest contributor iMove Physiotherapy have also shared a fun and fast home body weight workout video.

iMove video scaling your home workout

See more FREE videos and live streaming classes from the City of Sydney, including a 10-minute full body workout, yoga, Pilates with Deborah, KGV workout of the day and fitness for all classes.

Fitness Videos

If dancing is more your thing you can also check out FREE classes from Medibank’s Live Better at Home series in partnership with the Sydney Dance Company, which includes exercises for older adults and running tips from Steve Moneghetti here.

Or checkout Groovetherapy’s dance courses that are made specifically for people who thought it was too late to start learning how to dance.

If feeling Om appeals more check out some yoga classes at The Yoga Botanica on Youtube: or a 3-mimute seated yoga amongst a host of resources and tips on how to move more every day in this stay at home pack.

Tips for how to keep safe when training

If you like walking, cycling, running or taking part in strength training exercises when outdoors remember that you must to keep within your local government area or 5km from your home. Find out more.

  • Keep 1.5 metres apart at all times from others – including when running
  • If a path or road isn’t wide enough to run 1.5 metres apart when side-by-side, run single file
  • Respect other road/path users – stay 1.5ms apart when passing
  • Bring your own water bottle rather than using public water fountains where possible
  • Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses when you see people you know
  • Take a face mask with you, make sure to wear indoors including building’s common areas and if ordering a coffee from a café even if outside – find out more about mask use.

More information from NSW Government on how to keep safe:

We’d love to hear how you’re keeping connected and looking after your mental health please share with us your ideas and pursuits at: City West Housing or tag @cwh.citywesthousing on Facebook or @citywesthousing on Instagram.

To find some more resources on how to boost your mental health and find support – check out CWH’s blog on HOW TO THRIVE DURING LOCKDOWN – RESOURCES TO HELP BOOST YOUR MENTAL HEALTH.