5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing: stay active

‘5 Ways to Lockdown your Wellbeing’

To help us improve wellbeing during home living and social distancing, our Exercise Referral Instructor, Fran Andralojc, is sharing her ‘5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing’ over the coming weeks. The second way ‘eat well’ was released last week.

Some of you may be aware of the 5 ways to wellbeing report, researched by the New Economics foundation and proven to improve an individual’s wellbeing when practised regularly. Fran has used similar concepts but with tweaks and changes adapted to our experiences during lockdown. For information on these, please follow the links: New Economics and Gov.uk.

Fran’s 5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing are:

  1. Boost positivity
  2. Eat well
  3. Stay active
  4. Keep in touch
  5. Help others when possible

This week, we are sharing the third way to lockdown your wellbeing, staying active.

Stay Active

Now more than ever it’s important for us to stay active. Making sure you continue to move will help to improve your mental and physical health.

  • Mentally, it will release endorphins, which are those feel-good hormones that are released when we exercise.
  • Physically, it will help to promote joint, bone and muscle health and reduce aches and pains. It will also improve your circulatory system, boost the health of your heart and lungs and it can prevent health issues developing or worsening such as heart disease, diabetes, depression and more.

Here are a few tips for incorporating exercise into your routine:

  • Try to do a mixture of stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular exercises each week to keep all areas of your body moving. Stretching is often overlooked by many but including stretching exercises in your exercise regimen is essential to maintaining good posture, balance and flexibility.
  • If you find that you’re struggling to fit exercise into your day, you could create a timetable so that you exercise on certain days of the week. For example, strengthening exercises on Monday, stretching on Wednesday and cardiovascular exercises on Friday.
  • Spend at least 30 minutes exercising. Add this time into your calendar like a meeting so that it’s in your diary. This means you won’t forget and it will make you more likely to do it!
  • If you don’t like exercising alone, how about creating a Microsoft Teams or Zoom meeting with a colleague, friend or family member and do some exercise together? This will help your motivation levels whilst ensuring you’re staying connected to others.

Take a look at our hub, Your Home, Your Move for workout inspiration. We have lots of content on there from HIIT and P90X cardio to yoga, Pilates and mobility and postural videos.

Fran’s next way to lockdown your wellbeing: ‘Keeping in touch’ will be released next week. Fran is happy for you to email her directly if you have any questions on anything mentioned in this article.