Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle During Lockdown

Have you found yourself developing unhealthy eating habits since the stay-at-home if possible guidelines came into effect? 

  • Are you snacking more? 
  • Or maybe you find yourself consuming more junk food than you did before? 
  • Are you less active? 
  • Have you gained a few extra pounds?

You are not alone

For many of us, our daily routines and habits have changed significantly. Now is a great opportunity to create new habits to benefit your health.

Nutrition and Hydration

  • Plan your meals and focus on simple healthy meals that don’t need a lot of time and effort
  • Try not to skip breakfast. A healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need to last until lunch
  • Stay hydrated (swap fizzy drinks for filtered water or sparkling water with a slice of lemon)
  • Try to keep healthy snacks readily available, such as a piece of fruit, some vegetables or nuts

Staying Active

Outdoors

  • Regular physical activity releases endorphins which can help reduce stress and improve mood
  • Try a daily brisk walk for at least 30 mins (walk part of your journey to work/home
  • Take part of your lunch break outdoors (build in a quick walk)
  • Find an activity you enjoy doing such as cycling or gardening – and build the activity into your day
  • Try to walk shorter journeys instead of using the car/bus

Indoors

  • Making small changes to your routine by including small bursts of activity all add up and help you move more.
  • Try to limit the amount of time you spend sitting each day
  • Walk around the house while on phone calls if possible.
  • Aim to always use the stairs instead of the lifts
  • Try completing strength and balance exercises on at least two days per week (these work all the major muscles legs, back abdomen, chest shoulders and arms)
  • Use resistance bands and/or weights to help strengthen your muscles; If you don’t have weights you can use bottles of water or cans of food

There isn’t a one size fits all. If you don’t feel you can do it alone, try asking your family or friends to join you (at the moment no more than 6 people keeping within current social distancing rules) as you create new lifestyle habits.

NHS Live Well offer lots of practical advice, receipts, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing. Visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/