Keeping Busy During Lockdown

At the start of July, most of the lockdown measures began to be eased in England. Businesses are slowly planning to resume operations and people are getting used to the new normal. For those of us who are restricted to the four walls either due to age or disability, the lockdown hasn’t been kind.

Keeping busy during lockdown isn’t easy. Whether you are raring to ride your mobility scooter in Newcastle or are looking for some good spots to visit, the North East offers something for everyone.

Here are some things you can do to keep yourselves busy during lockdown.

Walk in the Woods

A relaxing stroll through the woods is a beautiful way to take in the natural scenery and recharge your batteries. Here are some top spots to walk in the North East England:

  • Gibside, Derwent Valley
  • Hamsterley Forest, County Durham
  • Plessey Woods Country Park, Northumberland
  • Bolam Lake Country Park, Northumberland
  • Souter Lighthouse, South Shields

Meet Others, at a Distance

We can now spend more time outdoors and meet up with friends and family outside our homes. According to the latest guidelines, we can meet with up to 5 relatives/friends outside.

We are even allowed to spend time indoors with one other household. If you do meet someone, ensure you stay at least one metre away, while taking additional precautions like wearing a face mask and washing your hands.

Go for a Ride on Your Mobility Scooter

Take your mobility scooter and visit a local beach or park. There are numerous beaches, parks and recreational places to visit across Newcastle and the North East.

Chat Rooms

If you enjoy venturing out and meeting new people, try visiting online chat rooms and forums. There are several options online, and there could be some that are more suited to you than others.

Several charities have their own forums where you can chat about specific issues that might be affecting you.

Chair Exercises

For the elderly with limited mobility, chair exercises are an excellent way to get some exercise while having fun. Some popular chair exercises include seated row, hand squeeze, seated tummy twist, overhead arm raises, knee lifts and knee extensions.

We are Open

Mobility Direct North is open, however with some important changes to accommodate the safety guidance in the light of the pandemic. We are working with less staff but assure you of the same high level of service as always. Whether you have a repair or would like to buy a new mobility scooter, get in touch with us today.