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/