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Households across North Cumbria are getting information on how to get fit at home with a new wellness and fitness plan.

The HowFit program was set up by a hospital advisor to help people stay fit and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the help of a new website and guide, HowFit is encouraging users to sign up for a plan of simple exercises that can be done at home without special equipment.

The program was led by Dr. Steven Parry, Consultant Physician, designed and developed with a personal trainer and professional physical therapist in Newcastle.

Dr. Parry said, “Being home long during the COVID-19 pandemic means few of us are getting the exercise we were used to. Even before the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we weren’t getting enough of the exercise we needed to stay as fit as possible.

“Regular exercise brings a number of important benefits that have never been more important than during the pandemic. However, I have found that there are very few exercise programs that can be done at home and even fewer that are suitable for people who are not fit or who have difficulty mobilizing.

“HowFit was designed to include exercises of varying degrees of difficulty, which means that it is suitable for adults of all ages, regardless of whether they are exercising or not, and without the need for special equipment.”

The NHS brochure will be delivered this week to households across the North East and the Integrated Services System of North Cumbria.

Dr. Mandy Boardman, GP director of the NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said, “Simple exercises can be very effective in building strength, as well as having many other benefits related to physical and mental wellbeing.

“We are excited to be supporting the HowFit program along with the great local groups in Cumbria that are helping people build their activity and fitness.”

the HowFit website offers the user a range of exercises divided into four categories – mobility, strength, cardiovascular health, and stability, balance, and coordination – with videos and animations that demonstrate how to perform the exercise.

The exercises are also divided into three different difficulty levels so that the user can choose the level that best suits their own fitness level.

You can also find local groups in your area through Active Cumbria www.activecumbria.org/ and there are groups like iCan in Carlisle www.icanfitnesscumbria.co.uk/ and together we in West Cumbria www.togetherwe.uk/ support the people who want to increase their activity.