Looking After Your Physical Health

Stay Healthy During Lockdown

Looking after your physical health when you are socially distancing or self-isolating at home can be tough, but it’s important to stay fit and healthy. LLP Physiotherapist Vicki Lack and Dietitian Fumi Fukuda give their top tips for staying fit and healthy at home.

Exercise

  • Online workouts are great for staying active in your home, and many workouts are free on YouTube. Anything yoga-based is particularly good for both body and mind.
  • If you haven’t previously exercised, start gently. It isn’t a good idea to suddenly increase exercise levels just because you may have the time to.  Ensure you have 2-3 rest days in the week from any higher impact activities, but lower impact activities such as walking and cycling can be completed daily.
  • If you are in any doubt about starting a new exercise programme, check with your GP first.

Diet

  • Getting your five-a-day can be difficult when you can’t get out to the shops. Remember, tinned and frozen vegetables, and dried fruit all count towards your 5 portions.
  • Avoid over-snacking or boredom eating
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Check guidance from the British Dietetics Association – they have general healthy eating advice, and also more tailored advice for certain conditions such as diabetes on the BDA website.

General Tips

  • Try to keep a daily routine for yourself and your family
  • Resist the temptation to stay in bed or on the couch all day
  • If you are not in isolation, try to take some exercise outside each day if it is safe to do so. Remember to gather in groups of no more than two unless you are from the same household, and to maintain a 2 metre distance from your exercise partner.

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