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How to Keep the Mind and Body Active Whilst Staying at Home.

Updated: Aug 14, 2020


With the most recent government guidelines informing us to stay home for three weeks and work from home, it may feel like our daily lives have had a bit of a shake-up. This may leave us feeling stuck for ideas as to how we are going to maintain a sense of normality and continue with routines we hold dear. One of these routines for many people will certainly be exercise. We all know how beneficial exercise can be for both our physical health and our mental health, so the idea of this being reduced due to current restrictions may leave us scratching our heads for ideas as to how we can keep on top of our health and continue to maintain our physical and mental wellbeing. O’ coach fitness suggests small daily movements can have a massive impact on our health and suggests we don’t necessarily need to do a full, heart-pounding, sweat-inducing work out to stay healthy and happy. Instead, she writes about certain tips she has for staying active when we are working from home and unable to exercise as we normally might. It seems perhaps now is a great time to get creative and let ideas flow as to how to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing during this time.

You may wish to try yoga in your garden, simple exercises using your bodyweight – so no equipment needed, walking where possible – trying to get at least 10,000 steps, or make use of this time and do some gardening (if you have one) and reap the benefits of not only a well-kept garden but of the benefits this will bring to your health both in terms of the manual labour that comes with it (gardening can be hard work) and the therapeutic value it can also bring.

There is currently a lot been shown on the internet as to exercises we can incorporate into our new routine of working from home…so why not give them a try today and see how this affects your wellbeing. The following link provides you with more information on how we can do this and offers video links to watch as we exercise from our homes and keep our mental and physical wellbeing in check.

Ben Webster Student Wellbeing Advisor - Faculty of Arts & Humanities

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