Tips for staying physically & mentally healthy during lockdown4 June 2020
As we still find ourselves at home in the lockdown period, forming bad habits is incredibly easy. A few missed workouts later and a cheat day easily becomes a cheat week. This of course can be detrimental to both our physical and mental health, so it’s imperative we keep on taking the necessary steps to keep our health in check.
Although we can’t get to the gym as we usually would and our normal walking commute to work seems a distant memory. There are plenty of ways you can keep fit and active whilst in lockdown. For starters, making use of the daily exercise rules to stretch your legs on a walk, run or cycle can really help keep those sofa snacks at bay.
People up and down the country have also taken to zoom, Instagram live and YouTube to keep the gains coming. There are an abundance of online trainers and studios all offering their services for free or for a small fee. In one of our recent blog posts, we looked at some of the most popular online workout classes.
Stick to a routine
When your day consists of going from bedroom, to bathroom, to livingroom, back to bedroom again, sticking to a routine is tricky. By setting yourself a daily routine, with time allocated for workouts and eating, you’ll be able to make sure you’re getting the right amount of nutrition and physical activity throughout the day.
The mental and physical benefits of yoga don’t need any introduction. Something that pretty much anyone can do, it helps build strength, improve flexibility and can provide mental clarity in times of uncertainty.
As we’re spending more time at home than we probably ever have and having a kitchen within 10 seconds walk has some obvious benefits. But if we’re spending our time browsing the fridge too often, this is where bad habits can form and our nutrition goals slip. This of course can have negative implications for our physical and mental health.
By sticking to a meal plan, we can ensure that we’re maintaining a healthy balanced diet, which is beneficial for our immune system, gut, heart and minds too.
Consume less alcohol
Studies have shown that as a nation we are drinking more since the start of lockdown.
Often a method for people to escape the real world for a while, although it might be fun to enjoy regular drinks with friends over zoom. It can lead to health problems and complications.
Firstly, alcohol interrupts your sleep patterns. A good night’s sleep is of course imperative to strong long term health.
In addition, drinking in times of stress to numb feelings of anxiety, does actually have the opposite effect and can result in increased feelings of depression and anxiety.
The government advice is that you should not consume more than 14 units of alcohol per week and you should have a few drink free days during the week too.
Taking care of our minds and bodies during lockdown is essential. By taking some of the above tips into account to ensure we’re getting enough sleep, exercising, eating healthily and trying something new like yoga, we can ensure our bodies and minds stay healthy.