The YDNPA has issued guidance to encourage and help the general public to exercise safely outside during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Recognising the importance of being active to the physical and mental wellbeing of the population, the official message is that it is very important for children and adults to take exercise. While always following the Government advice on social distancing, and if not self-isolating, being active outside in nature is a very positive action to take.
The YDNPA Chairman Carl Lis said: “In this time of national crisis when almost all forms of travel, entertainment and social gatherings are severely restricted, a balance needs to be struck. We must shield the vulnerable and take action to restrict the spread of COVID-19, while doing all that we can to maintain our mental, social and physical health.
“A nation in lockdown could lead to enhanced anxiety and mental and physical ill-health. Careful managed exercise outside will provide welcome active release for individuals and families feeling trapped at home. Getting into the outdoors in a sensible way will make it easier for people to sustain Government guidelines and help preserve the health of the vulnerable in the longer term.
“The YDNPA advocates that people take active outdoor recreation alone or in small family groups, respecting social distancing with others and sticking to low risk, familiar activities and areas to avoid putting any strain on the rescue services.
“The outdoors remains open and free to access. If you can get outside while taking sensible precautions, then please do so. Now, possibly more than ever, staying active is vital to everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing.”