As a fitness professional, I wear many hats and one of the biggest questions I get asked, is what can I eat or drink to reduce my risk of COVID-19? Well there are no special foods or potions to drink to reduce the risk. Obviously eating a healthy balanced diet is helpful for our immune system regardless of a global pandemic. However, health isn’t just about not having a disease or illness, but taking care of our physical, mental and social wellbeing. This has promoted me to share 5 evidence based steps to making sure that we are looking after our health during lockdown;
-Connect with others: Thank God we have the technology to still connect with our friends and family online or through the phone. Don’t assume that someone is OK, just because they are posting happy selfie pics or think “oh well they have lots of people at home, so they must be fine”. Be intentional with your connections this week!
-Be Active: These are not just my ideas, it’s a fact! Evidence suggests that being active can help to stimulate changes to your brain to help to lift your mood! So find a form of physical activity you enjoy and make time for it!!! (a nice segway into my weekly bitesized fitness videos – see below).
- Learn new skills: This isn’t the time to just binge watch TV shows all day! Research has shown that you can improve your wellbeing by trying something new. Not only does this give you a sense of purpose, but it serves as brain training and an opportunity to connect with other too whilst learning.
- Give: There are so many ways we can give right now - whether it's our time, money or resources to help others. These acts of kindness can help to take the focus on our situation and help bring joy to others.
-Be mindful: The things we reflect on and the words we say can have a positive or negative impact on our wellbeing. Yes there are a lot of bad things happening right now, but lets try to focus on the things that bring joy. Don't suffer on your own either, reach out to professionals who can help you in this area.
I hope you found these evidence based tips useful? The key thing is to make it your own. Why not take each day and focus on these steps. I will be sharing these on my social media this week, so do look out for it.
Over and out (and don't forget my new workout!! LOL)