Physical activity and wellbeing resources
Academic staff from Moray House School of Education and Sport and other university colleagues share their expertise and practical resources to support the physical activity and wellbeing of children and adults.
University of Edinburgh sport and exercise resources
The Centre for Sport and Exercise is now providing a wide range of home workout videos and guides to help everyone keep active and safe at home. We hope these resources may help you keep active to benefit both your physical and mental health.
Tips and resources from PAHRC
Colleagues from our Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) are now providing a wide range of home workout videos (including the two videos highlighted below) and guides to help everyone keep active and safe.
Physical activity for children and young people
Researchers have contributed to blog posts hosted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, focusing on why encouraging children to move more and sit less (if they can) is a priority at this trying time.
Resources on the PAHRC blog
Our PAHRC colleagues have also created a blog with ideas on how to be active safely during COVID-19 and how to be motivated to do so.
Tips for anyone recovering from Covid-19
For those recovering from feeling unwell with potential or actual Covid-19, avoid strenuous activity as you recover. Start slowly, perhaps with short walks, do what feels good and increase your physical activity when you feel ready. Reduce long periods of not moving at all, particularly when online or working from home. Take regular breaks from the screen – do 10 sit-to-stand moves from your chair or some arm raises above your head; take the dog for a walk even if you do not have one! All movement counts and something is better than nothing. Even a 10-minute walk or wheel around the neighbourhood or a few strength exercises such as squats, push ups or sit ups can improve our mood. Evidence suggests that regular physical activity can help maintain or enhance:
- mental health
- immune response
- physical health
- weight management
While some is good, more is better so try to increase activity at your own pace. These messages come from evidence that PAHRC researchers have produced and have been suggesting to the Chief Medical Officers of the UK through their involvement with the committee for the physical activity guidelines.
Find out more about the impact of research from PAHRC on our Making a Difference pages.
Yoga with Dr Divya Sivaramakrishn
- Video: Video: Yoga with Dr Divya Sivaramakrishn
- 5 minute Yoga with Dr Divya Sivaramakrishn
Low Impact Movement with Professor Nanette Mutrie
- Video: Video: Low Impact Movement with Professor Nanette Mutrie
- 3 min Low Impact Movement to break up sedentary time with Professor Nanette Mutrie and no equipment