Stay mentally and physically active during lockdown
27 April 2020
While we are on lockdown how to stay mentally and physically active has become the challenge. As creatures of habit, there are many positive mental health benefits of keeping to a routine.
In self isolation we are all having to adapt to keep busy and entertained indoors and to establish new ways of living which for some means not even being able to take one form of outside exercise per day. However, thanks to the virtual world, we can still enjoy many activities we love filling our time with, just in a different way.
A ten-minute workout with a few simple exercises in your living room can help shape your new routine. If you can get online then almost every exercise class imaginable is available from yoga to bootcamp. Regular Yoga can maintain flexibility, aid balance, and gently strengthen. Tune into Live yoga workouts , streamed daily at 2pm and 7pm or LV Yoga Fareham is running free classes on Facebook. Move it or Lose it offers exercise classes tailored for older people or for a more intense fitness programme check out Joe Wicks The Body Coach TV who has a series of 10 minute workouts for seniors. Self-isolating together? Maybe now is the time to learn a new skill and keep fit with dancing and master the salsa, rumba or tango? Olé!
Stimulate your mind
Look after your mind too. With the variety of activities accessible online there is masses to build into a daily routine without leaving your home. Joining U3A opens up a fantastic resource, not just for learning but helpful advice and guidance. The organisation is now offering a virtual U3A as well as a YouTube channel. Alternatively explore online courses with Future Learn or play free unlimited bridge online at Bridge Base Online with players from all over the world.
During lockdown many theatre companies are making musicals, operas, plays and dance available to watch at home. Try out The Show Must Go On, National Theatre, Royal Opera and Sadlers Wells to stimulate your mind with some culture. You could also visit over 2500 galleries and museums world-wide by virtually touring exhibitions online from the comfort of your sofa. Take this time to perhaps try out a new skill such as learning to paint or draw with Isolation Art School and Drawspace. They options are also endless in exploring a new craft or learn a new language at DuoLingo. There is something for everyone.
Eat as well as you can
Use your time to feed your mind well, literally. Cooking can be a fun activity, apart from the washing up but you can enjoy eating the results. There is a fantastic array of live streamed cookery classes online to help ensure you are eating healthy meals and getting the right nutrition in lock down. Lunchbox Doctor runs online workshops with recipe tips on Facebook or learn to bake your own bread with Borough Market’s Bread Ahead online bread making. If you’re missing your favourite curry, restaurants like Wagamama have launched an online cooking tutorials called Wok from Home and you still can’t beat Delia Smith when it comes to showing you how to cook and eat well.
Take time to relax and destress
You have exercised, decluttered your home, baked some bread and squeezed in learning a new language but do not forget to carve out a time and space each day to relax and reduce any stress and anxiety and yes, there are free apps to help us to manage both. For breathing exercises or meditation help try Headspace or Calm to wind down and declutter your mind.
Self-isolation may be the new norm for now but some it brings increased feelings of anxiety and affects wellbeing. Chatting with friends and family, staying connected with platforms like WhatsApp, Zoom or Skype is a great stress buster. Greysnet is also a great dedicated space for older people online.
With all this online activity it’s easy to be anxious about scams so for extra peace of mind you are able to keep vigilant with Friends Against Scams which helps protect and prevent people from becoming victims.