Tips and advice
The current Government guidance is to stay at home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but it is possible to leave the house for:
- shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine
- one form of exercise per day
- any medical need such as donating blood, avoiding injury risk or harm, providing care and helping the vulnerable
- travelling for work purposes only where you cannot work from home
Making sure you eat nutritious foods and that you are drinking enough fluids is important while staying at home.
- eat sensibly choosing from a range of different foods
- stop smoking
- drink alcohol in moderation
- drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated, roughly six to eight glasses of fluid a day
Fluids can be water, lower fat milk, sugar free drinks and tea and coffee.
If you have specific dietary needs:
If you have specific nutritional needs that you doctor, dietitian or other health care professional have asked you to follow it is important that you continue to follow that diet.
You might need to ask friends or family members to get you specific foods so you can continue to follow your diet.
You may not feel like exercising at the moment, but staying active and keeping yourself moving is important.
If you do exercises at home such as walking on the spot, you should try to do this at a level that makes you feel warmer and breathe faster - you should be able to talk but not sing. Try and do 30 minutes a day, which can be 3 lots of 10 minutes.
Children should be active for 60 minutes a day. This can be hard to do inside the home but playing outside and using fun games or dancing can help. You could use online music and videos to help with this.
Staying at home doesn't have to mean that exercise becomes boring as we have put together some inspiration from across the internet to get you started
This Girl Can
These exercises are great for both men and women, and from table top press ups to living room wall sits, they are tailored to staying at home.
There are also exercises tailored to children including some Disney dance-along videos to help them keep active!
The NHS have great home exercise tips on their website including strengthening exercises and a 10-minute cardio workout for your heart!
Staying active for the elderly
If you or a relative is an older adult, it is important to maintain strength and balance. We already have some simple exercises on our website centered on what you can do to stay active at home.