Published On: Tue, Mar 24th, 2020

Exercise: What does one form of exercise mean? Does walking the dog count?


Staying safe and remaining active is going to prove tricky during lockdown. However, the PM has given the all-clear to go on one run, walk, or cycle trip a day. Obviously, you will still have to stick to the social distancing rule and stay two metres away from those you don’t live with.

This advice seems unclear, however, and many are confused about what the definition of ‘one form of exercise’ actually means.

Hundreds of people have taken to social media in confusion.

One Twitter user wrote: “Who will control people going to the supermarket every day instead of once a week or control whether you are out 5 minutes or 5 hours for your daily exercise and whether you jaunt off to the coast like last weekend – too ambiguous.”

Another posted: “To carry on with the facetious, there is no time limit on this one form of exercise……cue the nation suddenly taking up marathons and ultra marathons.”

A third asked a crucial question: “With the restrictions put in place and we are down to one form of exercise a day what does this mean for dog walking?”

Can Brits still walk their pets? What does one form of exercise really mean? Express.co.uk has the answers.

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Can I still walk the dog?

You can still walk your dog, but this will count as your ‘one form of exercise a day’.

If your dog needs to be walked more than once a day, you could take it in turns to walk the dog if you have more than one adult in your household.

If you are self-isolating, though, you should not leave your home.

If everyone is self-isolating, the dog must stay at home too.

The RSCPA have said that mental stimulation games while indoors should keep your pet occupied- food puzzles are a great alternative.

Also, keep calm! Your pets cannot catch coronavirus.

However, avoid kissing, licking or sharing food with them, as it is not known if they can be impacted in any way by the virus.

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What happens if I go out more than once to exercise?

Mr Johnson said the police will be enforcing the lockdown.

He said: “If you don’t follow the rules, the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”

So if you are tempted to break the rules and are spotted out and about more than once by the police, they will make you go home and you will be fined.

Brits could be fined up to £1000 if caught going against this new enforcement.

There is no information on whether or not jail could be a punishment yet.

How much are people in other countries fined for breaking lockdown rules?

In Italy, more than 40,000 people have been charged by the Italian authorities for breaking their lockdown rules between March 11 and 17.

Italians could face a three-month prison sentence or a fine of 206 euros which equates to around £190.

In France, the fine rate went up from 35 euros to up to 375 euros, which is around £32 to £348.

Spain is also taking a zero-tolerance approach, with those who ignore the royal degree facing fines of up to a whopping 30,000 euros!



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