The outdoors industry has been effectively closed down as part of the lock down against covid-19 in order to relieve stress on the NHS. The challenge for everyone is how to keep fit, or at least how to try to do some exercise whilst being stuck in the house! As the NHS states, “regular exercise may help lower your risk of depression” but we all now have to find new methods of coping during this stressful and uncertain time.

One of the more positive things to have come out of the pandemic is the sharing of support online. From doing regular exercise indoors, “PE with Joe” has become extremely popular with young families as a way to encourage activity and burn energy in a healthy way. Click to join in with Joe every weekday morning at 9 a.m. on Joe Wickes YouTube channel. Don’t forget to dress up for “Fancy Dress Friday!!”

For some longer distance runners, being restricted in the house is no longer posing a problem. Elisha Nochomovitz ran a marathon (26.2 miles) on his 7 metre long (23 feet) balcony using his pedometer to track how far he had run. He did it in 6 hours and 48 minutes – which is a miracle of mind over matter to keep going – a real struggle in longer distances races.

However, the most inspirational person has got to be Captain Tom who wanted to raise much needed funds for the NHS. To date, over £30 million raised for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden just before his 100th birthday. He has managed to unify the nation in such an outpouring of gratitude for the heroic efforts of the NHS by making his own heroic effort. Well done, Captain Tom, you are a star!
Even in this digital age, where more and more is having to be done online, vast numbers of people have taken the time to send Captain Tom a birthday card. Watch the video to see what 125,000 birthday cards looks like! Happy Birthday!