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Healthy tips you can practice at home

1. Wash your hands

You might be tired of hearing it, but washing your hands is an excellent way to stave off infection and food poisoning. Check out our ‘how to’ guide to handwashing to help you get back to basics.

2. Lift weights

You don’t have to go to the gym to boost your strength. Look online for bodyweight exercise tutorials that require no equipment at all. You can also use household objects as makeshift weights – from a tin of beans to a bucket of water.

3. Get 8 hours

A good night’s sleep is crucial to feeling your best. Most people need a minimum of eight hours of good quality sleep every night, so make sure to have a set bedtime and stick to it.

4. Drink more water

Always aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated keeps skin healthy, helps kidney function and boosts performance during exercise.

5. Practice yoga 

Yoga helps bone health, increases blood flow, improves balance and boosts the immune system. Practice 1-2 times a week to feel the benefit. YouTube tutorials are great for when you’re stuck at home.

6. Exercise with a friend

Working out with a friend can help you to put in longer hours and push your limits, and always makes exercising more fun. Consider a distanced outdoor work out or set each other challenges – and hold each other accountable – in a regular online catchup. You could even hold an exercise session together over video chat.

7. Keep learning

Whether cooking a new recipe or trying your hand at crafts, new experiences trigger neuron creation and keep your brain strong.

8. Improve your posture

Reduce back pain and alleviate muscle tension when sitting by resting your feet flat on the floor, with even weight at both hips, keeping your back straight and relaxing your shoulders.

9. Protect your skin

Sun protection shouldn’t be limited to the beach. Around 80% of UV rays penetrate through clouds, making it important to protect your skin all year round even if you’re just walking to the shops or doing some gardening.

10. Read more books

Whether you love the classics or are a true crime aficionado, 30 minutes of reading a day can reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s disease and keep your brain strong. Many classic novels in the public domain are available online for free, so why not tick one off your bucket list?

11. Take a deep breath

Mindful breathing can keep you present, settle your thoughts and help you centre your attention. Download breathing apps to help you stay focused.

12. Meditate

Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can help to reduce anxiety, improve your mood and lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. You can find an online class on YouTube, if you’re not sure where to start.

13. Be a social butterfly

‘Meet up’ with friends and family on a regular basis. As well as a socially distanced catch-up, you can stay in touch over text, video chat, email or by calling them on the phone. Get creative – why not host a virtual game night, book club or quiz over video chat? Having a close social circle is not only a good excuse for fun days out, it can lift you up when you’re feeling low at home.

14. Schedule a siesta

A NASA study found that pilots had a respective 34% and 54% improvement in performance and alertness after a 26-minute nap. Don’t doze for longer than 30 minutes – otherwise you’ll wake up feeling groggy.

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