How far can I travel to exercise in England and are outdoor PT sessions allowed?


Outdoor exercise can still happen during lockdown (Picture: Getty Images)

With England in a second lockdown in a bid to curb the second wave of coronavirus, people will once again have to head to the great outdoors for their exercise.

While gyms might have closed under the new restrictions, unlimited exercise outside is allowed – a contrast to the previous lockdown which allowed for one limited form of exercise a day.

But are you allowed to travel for the purposes of your workout – and with a ban on households mixing, can you make up for the loss of the gym by meeting with a personal trainer?

These are the rules you need to know…

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How far can I travel to exercise outdoors in England?

The official advice from the Government is that you can travel to exercise or spend time outdoors.

Although it does not specify how far you can travel, the guidance states that, outdoor exercise ‘should be done locally where possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary’ – for example, if you need to access an open space to exercise in.

If you do need to travel you are advised to walk or cycle where possible – and if you need to use public transport, to plan ahead and try and avoid times when it’s most likely to be busy.

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You should also note that travel to other parts of the UK from England is currently not allowed – so you cannot cross the border into Scotland or Wales except for essential reasons, such as for reasons of work or education.

Are personal trainer sessions allowed outdoors?

Gyms are closed for the time being (Picture: Getty Images)

Although no official guidance has been given on personal training sessions, the Government advice does state that people can meet one other person not from their household for exercise outdoors.

So in theory, this means that you can meet with a personal trainer for a workout in an outdoor setting.

If you do choose to do this, you should of course ensure that social distancing and other safety measures are adhered to – and it goes without saying that you shouldn’t exercise outdoors or meet with anyone else if you have Covid-19 symptoms or are self-isolating.


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