15th June 2020

Ways to stay healthy

Keeping active at home

Being active is important for both our physical and mental health. Most of us don’t have exercise equipment like treadmills where we live, but there are still lots of ways to keep moving. Build physical activity into your daily routine if possible. Exercising at home can be simple and there are options for all ages and abilities, such as: 

  • cleaning your home  
  • gardening 
  • dancing to music 
  • going up and down stairs 
  • playing catch, skipping, hula hooping, hopscotch 
  • seated exercises 
  • sitting less – if you notice you’ve been sitting down for an hour, just getting up or  changing position can help. 

If you can leave your house, you can now exercise outdoors for as often as you wish, with members of your household or up to 5 other people from a different household. This could be going for a run, jog, walk, bike ride or using outdoor sports facilities like tennis or basketball courts. But make sure you still stay 2 metres from everybody outside your household.

Online exercises

There are lots of fun activities available online to follow at home, for all ages and abilities. Why not try some of the below: 

Sport England 
We Are Undefeatable 
One You 10 minute home workout 
NHS Fitness Studio videos 

For children and families: 

Change4Life 
10 Minute Disney Shake-Up 

For older adults 

Make Movement Your Mission 

Eating well

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is just as important for your physical and mental health at the moment, so try to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and cut down on saturated fat, sugar and salt. If you’re unable to get hold of fresh food, then tins and frozen food are just as good and nutritious!  

If you have more time on your hands there’s no better time to try something new in the kitchen. Try making new recipes with food available in your home, and batch cooking is a great way to make food go further – plus you can freeze portions to keep for the future.

Good Food in Greenwich and GCDA have lots of tips and ideas on how to cook and shop creatively!

If you’re struggling to get food because of financial reasons or self-isolation, there’s support available, from food boxes delivered to your door, to the Emergency Support Scheme for financial support to buy food. Call the Community Hub on 0800 470 4831 or visit Good Food in Greenwich for more info.

Look after your sleep

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, so it’s important to get enough. Try to maintain your regular sleeping pattern and stick to good sleep practices. For more information and help if you’re struggling visit Every Mind Matters.

Drinking less

Although it can be tempting to drink more than usual at the moment, alcohol can be damaging to both your physical and mental health.  Try to stay within the recommended 14 units per week and aim to have some drink free days. 

If you would like support to cut down or stop, visit WDP or call 0300 303 4552. 

You can also take our quick quiz if you are worried about your drinking and want to find out how to make changes. It gives you useful information on what you can do and where you can get help and support if you need it.

If you are reducing your drinking significantly, remember it can be dangerous to stop too quickly without proper support. If you have physical withdrawal symptoms (like shaking, sweating or feeling anxious until you have your first drink of the day) you should seek medical advice. For further advice available in your area (including remote services) see NHS advice. 

Stopping smoking

The best thing a smoker can do for their current and future health is to quit, and quit now. If you are thinking about quitting, call 0800 470 4831 for friendly, expert advice over the phone on the best ways to quit for you, including NRT and e-cigarettes.

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