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Staying Healthy at Home

26 Mar 2020
Rachel Brown

Staying Healthy at Home

You may be wondering how to stay fit and healthy given our current global situation. The truth is, you can be fit and healthy anywhere - you just need to get creative with it. Luckily, we’ve found some hints and tips to help you look after yourself at home.

Food & Drink

Nutrition is integral to your health; it’s a key factor in your energy levels and can have an impact on your mental wellbeing. The key is to plan out your ingredients for the week so you don’t have anything more than you need and therby avoid waste. It also takes away the stress of deciding what to eat and prevents you deviating from your healthy meals by opting for a takeaway instead!

Another great hack to ensure good health is to keep a water bottle by your side and drinking regularly throughout the day. It’s recommended that you drink two litres of water a day for optimal health benefits, so take the time to challenge yourself to drink more and see the results in no time!

Here’s some sites, apps and services that can help you maintain a healthy diet at home:

  • BBC Good Food - we’ve all heard of BBC good food, giving you endless healthy recipes altered to your taste, but a good collection to turn your attention to is their Five Ingredients or Less list. These recipes use ingredients sparingly, so you don’t have to overdo it on the shopping.
  • Tasty - this site/app offers a huge numberof fun and creative recipes as well as blogs and tutorials from chefs around the world. They even include short and fun videos on how to make the dishes, so you can’t get it wrong! 
  • Wellocks food delivery – normally supplying fresh ingredients to restaurants, Wellocks has just opened a nationwide food delivery or click and collect service. You can order an array of boxes to your door, from fruit and veg to cupboard and pantry supplies. There are many more services just like this around the country -a quick google will tell you what local suppliers you have around you.

Exercise

It’s incredibly important to keep your body moving, even when you’re at home. You’ve still got your trusty walks, runs and cycles, but at times where you aren’t able to get to a gym or a fitness class it’s beneficial to have an idea of the different things you can do in the comfort of your home or garden. Here’s just a few virtual classes and fitness apps available right now to give you some inspiration:

  • PE with Joe Wicks – as I’m sure you’re aware, fitness instructor Joe Wicks is hosting a live PE lesson every morning at 9am on his YouTube channel. These half-an-hour lessons are a great way to get your body moving in the morning and are also designed for kids too to give them their daily dose of activeness. Parents take note!
  • Yoga – this is a great, low intensity way of moving your body which can be done anywhere, either at home or outside. While many people usually attend classes, there are endless virtual classes you can take part in whenever suits you. Channels such as Yoga with Adriene provide free sessions to do in the comfort of your own home.
  • Couch to 5k – you can still go for runs outside if you keep a safe distance from others, so now is a better time than any to get into running. For the beginners, couch to 5k is a brilliant way to build up your fitness levels and stamina gradually until you can tackle those 5 kilometers.

Mental Health

Looking after yourself at home includes your mental health just as much as your physical health, so make sure you are maintaining your mental wellbeing. As well as keeping in touch with friends/family/colleagues, there’s a variety of other ways you can make sure your mental health doesn’t suffer. Try these out and see which work best for you:

  • Headspace – this meditation app can help you learn how to live mindfully, offering short meditation sessions you can do daily and in your own time. You can even choose the theme of your sessions based on the focus; they can be tailored to target sleep, stress, focus levels or anxiety.
  • Moodfit - just like there are apps available to help your physical fitness, this app is designed to get you into better mental shape. An initial questionnaire will determine what sort of mood you are in and then offers insights to help you understand and overcome those feelings.
  • Happify - this is great for boosting your mood; it offers science-based games to keep you entertained while also reducing stress and overcoming negative thoughts. These are the games to play to make you happier!

 

Staying at home for long periods of time can be difficult. While many of us can work from home, it’s important to set some time aside for yourself. Take the steps to look after your mental and physical health; the little things will really make all the difference.

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Rachel Brown
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