Physical Wellbeing

 

 

Staying active during the Coronavirus pandemic, wherever possible, is now more important than ever for your physical wellbeing. Exercise will also help with your mental wellbeing as well.

GENTLE EXERCISES YOU CAN DO AT HOME
The NHS have examples of simple exercises that you can do at home. Please click here for details. These are ideal if you're not very active but want to improve your health, lift your mood and remain independent. Don't worry if you haven't done much for a while. These exercises are easy and gentle, and can be done indoors.

ON-LINE EXERCISE
There are a wealth of free on-line exercise options at this time to choose from that are both suitable for adults and children. Search for indoor exercise on the Internet or YouTube. Many of the options are videos that you can exercise along to which will make it much more fun!

For example we have found this list of 25 exercises and indoor you can do with children: see here

EXERCISING OUTDOORS
For the latest government guidance on meeting people from outside your household from 4 July please click here.

This page sets out key FAQS to inform the public and let you know what you can and can't do to help you prepare for the changes the government have outlinedhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Groups of up to six from different households can exercise outside under new rules - please click here

For new guidance on spending time outdoors please click here

MILTON KEYNES COUNCIL PLAY AREAS
Milton keynes Council play areas are open to the public from Saturday 4th July. This includes skate parks, and outdoor gym equipment. Enjoy your play area safely and responsibly.

- Keep socially distant
- No more than one adult per child
- Use hand sanitiser or wipes.
- Give equipment a wipe before and after use.
- Let others take a turn
- Remind children not to touch their faces or put mouths on equipment.

THE PARKS TRUST

Use of the parks
Whilst some restrictions on park usage have been lifted, The Parks Trust would like to remind everyone to please stay safe in the parks and follow the latest Government guidelines.

From Saturday, 4th July, The Parks Trust play areas and outdoor gym equipment will reopen in accordance with Government guidelines. If you decide to use the equipment, please ensure you are following the guidance and restrictions in place.

Find out more at: https://www.theparkstrust.com/blogs/play-area-and-outdoor-gym-equipment-guidance

The restrictions and guidance are:

- All play areas and outdoor equipment should be used at your own risk.
- Please supervise children and others in your care.
- Research has found that Coronavirus can survive for several days on hard surfaces. However the risk is generally reduced (but not removed) as surfaces are exposed to UV light & rain.
- Follow the government’s social distancing guidelines and do not use the equipment if this cannot be maintained. In particular be aware of pieces of equipment where others may also be using them.
- Please remember to bring your own hand sanitiser with you and to sanitise your hands before and after using the equipment. Pay particular attention to ensure children remember to do this.
- Remember not to touch your face and to cough and sneeze into a tissue or arm.
- Refrain from consumption of food or drink on equipment or in playground areas.
- As always, remember to dispose of all litter, including any protective wear and take your litter home if no bin provided.
- If you or anyone in your household are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not use the equipment and follow the Government's advice to self-isolate.

The Parks Trust Events
The Parks Trust are starting to run ticketed events in the parks with limited capacity in line with Government guidance. From Woof Walks to Community Litter picks, check out their website for what's coming up in July to secure your place: www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on-in-your-parks

Litter in the Parks

With more people making use of the parks, we have seen a significant increase in litter. This means keeping the parks clean and tidy is becoming a difficult challenge for us. Our Community Ranger team have been working hard to try and tackle the issue by emptying bins and carrying out their litter cleansing patrols more regularly. We are asking visitors to please take their litter home with them.  

Stony Stratford Nature Reserve
See what wildlife you can spot in the beautiful Stony Stratford Nature Reserve when you take the 2.5-mile route in The Parks Trust Virtual Walking Festival: https://www.theparkstrust.com/activities/walking/virtual-walking-festival/walk-2-stony-stratford-nature-reserve

Difficulty Rating: 1
Length: 2.5 miles
Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Car parking: Watermill Lane Car Park MK12 5NZ

Stony Stratford Nature Reserve provides a variety of artificially created wetland habitats especially for waterfowl and waders. This route starts from the car park off Stratford Road, heading up Watermill Lane before following alongside the River Great Ouze. Eventually the route heads underneath the A5 and into the path surrounding the nature reserve itself before eventually making it back down Watermill Lane to the car park.

Get Cycling 
Find a route on the National Cycle Network in the Milton Keynes area here or on the National Cycle Network here. 

Running
Are you searching for a new running challenge? Big Cow Running have created a series of 6 routes across Milton Keynes’ beautiful parkland to make up the virtual MK Six Pack Marathon! Find out more and register to take part here.