Angela's story ...
Whatever your feelings about the lock-down period there’s no doubt about it – for most of us it did mean an increase in our physical activity levels. Will we keep it up? Can we maintain walking, cycling and generally being more active every day now some of the restrictions that kick started these new behaviours are being lifted?
Here Angela Greenwood tells us about her experience:
‘Before the Covid-19 outbreak and the lock-down period I was driving to work every day, roughly a 4.5-mile journey from Woodseats, Sheffield, to Attercliffe.
Like most people, from mid-March, I was working from home and staying in my local area as much as possible. I made essential trips out of the house for exercise and food shopping and I did all of these on foot. This part of the experience was positive for me. It meant that my fitness level improved as I was leaving the car on the drive. I also really enjoyed seeing parts of my neighbourhood that I hadn’t before – visiting parks and places I didn’t know existed that are on my doorstep.
Now the restrictions are easing, in all honesty, the trips I will need to make to the office will probably be by car, but I will be rethinking each and every trip and if it can be done in a more active and sustainable way, it shall be.
By staying local, I feel like I’ve supported my local shops and economy. I think it’s important for me to keep that up and support those businesses. It means I won’t use the car too. I’m very conscious of that now – I don’t have to make all my trips by car and the benefits aren’t just seen by me and my own health. If I can contribute to there being less traffic in the area and local shops surviving, then that’s only a good thing’.
Steve is part of the Bus Services Team at Travel South Yorkshire. He shared his experience of keeping active while working from home during the last few months.
'Previously I walked from home to the office and back each day and would usually have a short walk around town a couple of times a week pre COVID-19 during my lunch break – but this was mainly to get stuff we’d forgotten to get at the supermarket over the weekend. Missing the walk in the morning and evening prompted me to start including a walk into my working from home routine.
Norfolk Park and the Cholera Monument are within a ten minute walk of my house. I’ve very much enjoyed exploring Norfolk Park, despite living here for several years, it wasn’t a place I visited often. It’s a lovely park and I’ve been keeping tabs on a sparrow hawk that resides somewhere in or nearby. I’ve seen her a few times flying over when I’ve been walking. It’s nice to see, particularly given how close to the city centre I am.
I probably get out for a lunchtime walk twice a week on average, but I’ve also been walking into town since the market has re-opened for shopping - which is considerably less fun when laden up on the way home as its all uphill! I have also discovered a nice little nature trail in Norfolk Park which was new to me.
The break away from my desk in my dining room is enjoyable and I try to walk at a good pace, so it counts as some exercise. I enjoy being outdoors full stop, so I always feel much better when I return home afterwards. I do plan to continue, and I prefer walking in the winter where there are less folk out and about.'