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14th November, 2020

How to stay active during lockdown

Despite the practice we all got over the summer, it never gets any easier to be shut indoors and to lose access to friends, family, and all the things we love doing.

For this reason, we thought we’d share with you what we all at M.R.F.A. have been up to in order to keep ourselves occupied. Hopefully, this might inspire some of you to try something new to help you stay active over this lockdown period.


A number of our coaches, players, and parents have already got involved in our Weekend Fitness Challenge. This has encouraged all of us to just get out of the house and enjoy a nice long walk, run, or cycle. Exercising, just in general, has so many positive effects on your mood and energy levels. Exercising outside, however, where possible, is not only a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy to the fullest the limited sunshine we have during the days but it also gets you off your sofa, away from the TV and has you feeling good about yourself.

Michael – ” I am trying to get out for more walks at the weekend with Harrison and explore”

Will – “During this lockdown I have been listening to a lot of football podcasts. They are a great listen to hear stories from ex-players and help me from getting bored. I have also been exercising at home which has helped massively too!”

George – “What I have been doing this lockdown to keep myself busy is going on many walks to keep myself active and healthy”

Focusing on work/new projects

Admittedly, with less opportunities to see friends or go out to the cinemas and pubs etc, we do have a lot more free time on our hands. A lot of people, particularly those still at work or in school, can really use this time to focus on work or projects we don’t make enough time for. This extra free time could be used to really push ourselves and see what we can achieve without these extra distractions in our lives.

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Sarah – “Even though Riverside is closed I’m still here working, keeping things ticking over, although it’s very spooky having no customers. Dancing on Ice celebrities are still training every day. I use the term celebrity loosely!”

Enjoying new/old hobbies

For those of us who have seen a reduction in the amount of work we’re able to do, we are now free to use this time to indulge ourselves either in new hobbies we’ve always wanted to try, or even old hobbies we’ve previously lost time for. Maybe now is finally the time to pick up that instrument you’ve always wanted to learn, that book you’ve always wanted to read, or pick up the paintbrush finally.

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Luke – “I’ve enjoyed reading a lot of books over lockdown that I’ve been meaning to read for some time now. Settling down with a good book is an excellent way to relax and spend an evening”

Our players have already taken some inspiration from our weekly cook-off challenges and we’ve loved seeing each and every one of them try their hands in the kitchen, having a go at mastering the pancake!

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How you can get involved

We hope this piece has offered you all some inspiration for ways you can keep yourself active during lockdown. If you want to get involved directly with all that we’re doing at M.R.F.A. then follow us across all our social media platforms where we post regularly about all we’re getting up to.

You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

If you want to take part in our Weekend Fitness Challenge, just email into us at letting us know how many miles you covered over the weekend either by running, walking or cycling! We post the updated leaderboards after every weekend.