Maintaining healthy lockdown
With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, and the warmer weather still a few weeks away, how can we manage an active lifestyle and healthy diet during lockdown; both key factors in reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes?
With more time spent at home, it can be challenging to find ways of staying active indoors. And it’s easy to respond to feelings of isolation and boredom by resorting to comfort eating.
The good news is that there are still lots of options for exercising and physical activity around the home. And with careful meal planning and preparation, you can stay positive and focused on your healthy eating.
- Most of us are finding we have more time on our hands, which is a great opportunity to take control of our day. Build time for exercise into each day, even if it’s for just 10-15 minutes, and increase it over time.
- Make an activity plan for the week and stick to it; avoid procrastination! Lockdown has generated some great ideas for staying active in the home that doesn’t require specialist equipment or lots of space.
- Look online or ask your friends and family for indoor workout routines, armchair exercises, and tips on staying active; housework or gardening are great physical activities too, and how about tackling a spring clear out or decorating?
- With limited opportunities for meals out and social drinking, it is now easier than ever to take control of your diet; stock up on healthy snacks and remove unnecessary temptations. Be wary of resorting to comfort eating, alcohol, and snacking.
- Make sure you plan and shop for meals that are varied and appealing. If your healthy eating meal choices feel like you are missing out, you may struggle to stay motivated.
- Get other members of your household involved in your new eating regime. Share tips and ideas so that everyone can see that a healthy diet is enjoyable too! Their participation will encourage you to stay on track.
- Have regular calls and video chats with friends for support; monitor your progress so that you can see how well you are doing and feel encouraged by your success.
These new challenges are affecting us all, and it’s more important than ever to stay physically active, eat well, and look after our emotional well-being. These positive steps will be a great start to managing your healthy lifestyle now and in the future.