Safety

In order to exercise safely, it is necessary to maintain a suitable and safe environment. When exercising at home make sure to:

  • Eliminate any trip hazards such as unsuitable footwear, long/trailing clothes, and removing rugs, mats, or clutter.
  • Avoid stepping up onto stools or pieces of furniture to eliminate any trip hazards such as unsuitable footwear, long/trailing clothes, and removing rugs, mats, or clutter. To prevent falls, it is also a good idea to avoid stepping up onto stools or pieces of furniture; see more from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • Open the curtains fully to allow access to natural light; perhaps on the balcony or in your garden (if available). If you are concerned about your Vitamin D levels, contact your GP/ healthcare professional.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to remain hydrated, and increasing your uptake during any vigorous activity. Remember, if you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrated!
  • Refrain from exercising if you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or any other COVID-19 symptoms; rest, call 111, and follow the health care advice; see more from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

If you are exercising outdoors, you will need to follow all current Public Health guidance. Make sure to:

  • maintain physical distancing, at least 2 metres (3 steps) between yourself and others; this is particularly important if you should run into someone you know from another household.
  • wash your hands with soap and water before you leave your house, when you get to where you are going, and as soon as you return.  If water and soap are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub (70% minimum).
  • Consider the use of walking aids or other equipment if required. The GHA physiotherapy and occupational health teams provide assessments and equipment for various patient groups including those with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, palliative care patients and those recently discharge from hospital (depending on the diagnosis). To find out more regarding equipment and assessments email the Physiotherapy department:  pccphysio@gha.gi