Everyone in the UK has had their lives turned upside down in the last week, with the government’s lockdown procedure meaning nearly all of us are no longer allowed out of the house.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated there are a few reasons where it is acceptable to leave the house, including getting a form of daily exercise outside.

This means that while outdoor gyms, playgrounds and kiosks are now all closed, people are still allowed to go for a run, walk or bike ride.

A spokesperson for the government stated: “Every citizen must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. The police already have an array of powers available to them to maintain public order, and will be granted additional powers to enforce social distancing and protect the public.”

According to social distancing guidelines, as long as you stay more than two metres away from other people who are not from your household, you are allowed to exercise outdoors.

Therefore, if you are getting cabin fever, this could be the perfect opportunity to use the skills you learnt from your mountain bike course in the UK and dust your wheels off.

This would help you get out in the fresh air, which means the activity will not only be good for your physical health, but your mental wellbeing too.

According to mental health charity Mind: “Bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. It can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger, and make you feel more relaxed.”