Food Active’s top tips on staying healthy and active during physical distancing

by Beth Bradshaw | 7 April, 2020 11:07 am

Please note this article is for information only. For official guidance and regulations relating to COVID-19 please visit[1]

During these unprecedented times, it is important that we look after ourselves and our families to the best of our ability. Whilst trying to eat well, stay hydrated, keep active and manage our stress may not seem as important in the current situation, they can promote good physical and mental health to help us manage and cope through this testing period.

Food Active has compiled some helpful tips on how to stay healthy during physical distancing, which many of our communities are having to undertake to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Eating healthy

Consuming a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. It is also a great opportunity to spend some time in the kitchen and get creative with some store cupboard ingredients you’ve been meaning to use to create a healthy, home-cooked meal for you and the family. Here are some top tips on how to eat well during physical distancing:

However, it is important to stress that there is no need to stockpile foods or buy more than you usually would. There are no plans to close supermarkets and  trips to these retailers to pick up essentials are allowed (providing we stay 2m away from others in store), and we have enough food in this country to go around, as long as consumers act sensibly and only purchase what they need. The only reason for the shortages you may have seen are caused by panic buying alone, not a shortage of food. Please be sensible when purchasing food and think of others in your community that need to have access to food too.

Keeping hydrated

Making sure we stay hydrated is really important as water is involved in several crucial functions and processes in our body, such as regulating our body temperature and carrying nutrients.

Over the course of the day we lose water in various ways, through our breath, sweat, urine, and bowel movements so it’s important to make sure we top this up throughout the day by drinking atleast 6-8 glasses of water every day. Some top tips include:

Staying active

Remember – children and young people (5-18 years old) should aim for around 60 minutes of physical activity every day across the week, and adults (19 and older) 150 minutes moderate intensity activity over the week (or 75 minutes of vigorous, or a combination of both). Whilst this may seem daunting when the kids are off school, gyms are closed and staying at home is advised, it’s easier than you think to stay active during physical distancing. Some top tips include:

Managing stress

Physical distancing can make it more difficult to manage our stress and anxiety levels. In addition, it is normal to feel stressed during periods of crisis, so it is important to try and look after your mental health as much as possible. Some top tips include:

Useful resources

Eating well and staying hydrated

British Dietetic Association – COVID19 Advice for the General Public:[3]

The Eatwell Guide:[4]

Staying hydrated:[5]

Healthier takeaways:[6]

Food, immunity and health: what you need to know[7]

Staying active

PE with Joe Wicks: Starting Monday 23rd March, all week from 9am the Body Coach (Joe Wicks) will be live streaming a live workshop aimed at children[8]

Cosmic Yoga: Yoga videos designed for kids aged +3:[9]

Mindful Chair Yoga: suitable for older adults with reduced mobility:[10]

Dance Fitness:[11]

Children’s Themed Dance Classes with Oti Mabuse every week day at 11:30am:[12]

Yoga with Adrianne – suitable for all ages and abilities:[13]

Mental health

Smiling mind: short audio sessions to help with mindfulness:[14]

Future Learn: range of online courses (some free, some costed)[15]

Education and online learning

Eat Them to Defeat Them School Resources:[16]

Premier League Stars: videos and activities to support with Maths, Literacy, PSHE and PE.[17]

BBC Super movers: Interactive videos to support with KS1 Maths, Literacy, PSHE and PE learning[18]

Best online home learning resources for all ages:[19]

The Open University: 1,000 courses from 8 different subject areas all FREE[20]

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