Top tips for taking care of physical health while self-isolating
13 March 2020 | 0 Comment
It is easy to neglect physical health when we are worried and stuck inside self-isolating, but it’s crucial to ensuring our overall wellbeing.
At Kraydel, enhancing wellbeing and building resilience amongst our Users is key to our mission. Supporters within your network, (including family, physiotherapists and Carers) support you remotely by calling through the TV – keeping you safe and connected.
As we deploy our Konnect system we will start to roll out a number health and wellbeing services from approved care professionals. With this in mind we thought we’d share a few ways to ensure you are getting the right amount of daily exercise and movement.
Warning: Please consult with your GP before undertaking new or more strenuous exercise, particularly if you have an underlying health condition. Take care when exercising, and try to do it when there are others who can help you.
Regular exercise has a huge impact on your overall wellbeing. The intensity of exercise you undertake can differ day-to-day, depending on your mood, tiredness and capability and should always be agreed in conjunction with your GP or health care professional.
If you want to move more, but do not know where to start, these are exercises for you. Age UK recommends;
a. Standing more. Try getting up once an hour; or if that’s not possible, moving your arms and legs while sitting down.
b. Standing without help. Work towards moving from sitting in a chair to a standing position without using a walker or leaning on someone. Please read the Age UK step by step instructions before doing this.
c. Gentle Stretches. To keep supple, try gentle stretched in a bed or chair. Please read the Age UK instructions before doing this.
d. Walking between rooms. Try timing yourself walking between rooms and aim to improve on this everyday. 2. Moderate Exercises: Try following one of the excellent chair-based exercise videos available from Age UK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qx2vPetMRQ&feature=youtu.be
2. Advanced Exercises: Remember if you are an older adults, have underlying health conditions or are vulnerable it is important to heed the government guidance and remain inside. If you are not self-isolating, make sure you do exercise that raises your heart rate a little bit each day, for example going for a walk or a run each day.
Keep a healthy lifestyle
Your appetite might change if your routine changes, or if you’re less active than usual. Eating regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable can help your mood and energy levels.
1. Eating a balanced diet. This includes trying to eat five fruits and vegetables each day (tinned and frozen are just as good).
2. Cutting down on smoking and alcohol intake. With having more time each day, it’s easy to facilitate unhealthy habits, but this will ultimately jeopardise your health. Try to make it harder to smoke or drink, by either removing alcohol or cigarettes from your residence completely or putting them somewhere that is harder to access.
3. Getting a good nights sleep. Rest is incredibly important to your body’s daily recovery. By sticking to regular sleeping patterns, you can maximise the positive effect sleep has.
Here are some tips on making sure you get a good rest each night.
Build movement into your daily activities
Moving every day does not need to be as formal as doing specific exercises. It might take the form of adding more movement to your daily activities.
1. Get creative about how you move. Try to think of a couple activities that you do daily, that you could add more movement to. For example, watch the news headlines while pacing your living room.
2. Turning household activities into a form of movement. For example, cleaning your home or gardening is a form of movement.
3. Dancing or moving to music. This is a great way to increase your movement and a little party never hurt nobody!
Make it fun
Improving your physical activity can be a fun thing to look forward to.
1. Doing it as a group activity. Try doing the seated exercises on video call with friends or family who are doing it too. This will keep you motivated and help get others active too
2. Vary what you are doing. When you start to find a particular exercise or set of exercises boring, try changing it to something new or do them in a different order.
3. Write it down. Writing down what you did, when you did it and how long it took will help to staying consistent and track your progress
Physical exercise is important to everyone’s overall well-being. By using these tips it can also be fun and easy to do.
Remember to please consult with a GP before taking on new or more strenuous exercises and stay safe.
Here are some useful websites to help stay active; Age UK NHS Independent Age