30 March 2020
Ideas to keep you healthy during Covid-19 ‘Lockdown’.
It is extremely important to remain at home to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but how do you keep healthy and pain free during this time? I have written some ideas of how to remain physically and mentally healthy whilst you’re at home.
-Don’t sit for too long- whether it be at a computer or on the sofa. Your back will thank you for regular activity and not sitting for too long.
-Make the most of your 15 minutes of exercise. It’s important to get your step count up or go for a run. Also it feels good to get some fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun.
-Drink lots of water. As well as being good for every cell in your body, water makes up the majority of the discs in the spine. So keep them hydrated.
-Eat less. We will be moving around less so we need to consume less calories. We often eat out of boredom but we can actually survive for 3 weeks without food, so there is no need to panic. Also eating less means less trips to the supermarket.
-Stretching. Yoga is a great form of exercise to keep the joints mobile, so factor it into your daily routine.
-Call your friends- I live alone and I am certainly missing having friends and family to talk to, this isolation could have an effect on my mental health so I am regularly calling people to stay in contact. HouseParty app on itunes is great for staying in contact and playing games together.
-Alone time- On the flip side you might be stuck in a small apartment with your partner and kids so try to get some alone time too.
-Turn off the radio and TV. It’s good to keep up to date with what is happening but it can lead to information overload, so turn it off.
-Meditate. I use Headspace app on itunes. 20 minutes of focussing on your breathing will work wonders.
-Stick to a schedule. I have found that writing a to-do list every day and ticking them off one by one is helping stave off the boredom and keeping me motivated.
-Record your symptoms. There is an app that has been developed called Covid-19 symptom tracker. It helps scientists and the government to gather date about the spread of the disease. Even if you are feeling well it is good to record it.