The unexpected lockdown has given many of us time to think and reflect. We should never take our health for granted, but many of us do. We get carried away with work, looking after the kids and running our homes, and sometimes, this means that our wellbeing takes a back seat. If you’re keen to start afresh after emerging from quarantine, here are some health-boosting hacks that will benefit the whole family.
Being more active
For some people, the lockdown has inspired a more active lifestyle, with more free time available to work out at home or to plan a bike ride or a family hike. Exercise is hugely beneficial for physical and mental health, and it’s crucial for children and adults. Whether you’ve adopted a new routine that gets you moving, or you’re eager to be more active in the future, there are all kinds of activities you can try. From climbing, kayaking, team sports and hiking to games in the garden, nature walks, dancing and yoga classes, there’s something for everyone.
Keeping up with health checks
If you haven’t been to the dentist for as long as you can remember, or you’ve been putting off making an appointment for an eye test or a hearing assessment, it’s critical to understand the value of staying on top of routine checks. We tend to associate hearing loss with older people, but in truth, it can happen to anyone. Prevention is always better than cure, but if you do experience hearing loss, there are treatments available. Your audiologist can help you find the best hearing aid. As well as protecting your hearing, it’s important for the whole family to go to the dentist frequently and to arrange general health checks. If it’s been a long time since you had your blood pressure tested, or you don’t know if your BMI is healthy, for example, it’s wise to get checked out. You can use a BMI calculator online and visit your doctor or a local pharmacy to have a blood pressure test.
Your body needs nutrients to function properly, and it cannot produce all the vitamins and minerals required. This is why it’s so important to eat well and to focus on nutrition when planning meals and menus. Aim to include plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and protein-rich foods and keep a close on your intake of sugar, salt and saturated fats. Cooking at home is an excellent way to teach children about nutrition, to get everyone involved and to ensure meals are full of goodness.
Spending more quality time together
One of the most important lessons we have learned from the pandemic is the importance of spending time together and being around people we love. After measures are eased, take more time out of your schedule to connect with close friends and family. Socializing is beneficial for mental health and it can help to reduce stress and make you happy.
If we’ve learned one lesson from the lockdown, it’s that you can never take your health for granted. If you’re eager to embrace healthy living, these tips will make all the difference.