For many families, the coronavirus lockdown has meant walking in a different direction.
Paralympian and Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region, Dame Sarah Storey, tells us what opportunities this has created for her household.
I have used this time to focus on the joys of where we live. Walking from home has been one of the great privileges we have had more time to do.
I first met Barney when I was a swimmer back in 2004 and the infection-control measures everyone has been requested to adopt are habits we had drilled into us as athletes.
Correct hand-washing technique, not touching your face and being aware of whether or not you are touching communal surfaces that could be contaminated with a bug, are behaviours we have always followed.
Losing training time to illness or picking up a bug ahead of a major competition is something we have always been very aware of avoiding.
I’ve had people comment on how they now understand why I was always so careful with hand hygiene.
I’ve always been someone who tries to look for the positives in a situation and so have definitely used this time to focus on the joys of where we live, which is also where I grew up as a child.
Walking from home has been one of the great privileges we have had more time to do.
"Many of you have been enjoying a walk, cycle or run but as the weekend approaches there's always the temptation to plan a longer journey to take your exercise further afield. It's vital we don't do this."@DameSarahStorey on being safe on your 🚶 🏃 🚴#StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/u11pmxnnsO— Sheffield City Region (@SheffCityRegion) March 27, 2020
The brief moments when we're able to get out and go for a walk are shining a light on why this simple act is so valuable.
UK lockdown rules still allow for us to leave the house once a day for exercise.