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Staying active at home
Over the next couple of months, we’ll be sharing exercise sessions demonstrated by our Active Ageing team which you can follow at home! Check this page next week to see what we’ve got in store.
In the meantime, many other organisations have advice and resources to help you stay active. Check them out here:
Creating new habits
To incorporate a new habit - such as your new favourite Active Ageing exercise - into your daily routine, it’s helpful to use a “habit anchor.” A habit anchor is something that you already do in your daily routine, such as brushing your teeth. The idea is that you attach a new 30-second action to this routine. Our morning routine is usually our strongest so this might be a good place to start.
Here are some examples you could use:
“I will complete 30 seconds of marching before I brush my teeth.”
“I will spend 30 seconds meditating before I get out of bed.”
“I will complete 10 Knee Bends while the kettle is boiling.”
“I will complete 5 Arm Curls on each arm during the TV adverts.”
“I will go for a short walk after breakfast.”
Research shows that adding a 30-second action to a habit anchor can make positive new routines much more likely to stick. Remember to start small! If you try to make big behaviour changes too soon you‘ll need a high level of motivation that can be very hard to sustain.
Most of the time, we don’t need to think about breathing, we just do it automatically. But because we don’t think about it, we can sometimes develop shallow breathing patterns, which can cause us to feel sluggish and cause neck and shoulder tension. By improving your breathing technique, you can improve your strength, stamina, sleep, and even your mood. Being aware of our breath, and learning to breathe
more deeply can help with reducing ribcage stiffness, improving oxygen supply
and bringing a sense of calm and focus to your day.
For tips on breathing techniques, click here:
Nutrition and wellbeing advice
COVID-19 and Good Nutrition
Eating and drinking well is fundamental to good health. Alongside staying at home and washing our hands, eating well is one of the best ways we can protect ourselves and our families at this time. In order to help you eat well if you’re self-isolating at home, our team of nutritionists and dietitians have created a practical guide full of Nutrition Top Tips. It does not replace any individual tailored advice given to you by a doctor or dietitian.
If you have experienced, or are currently experiencing, COVID-19, you may find the COVID-19 Resource Tool useful to help you find the best way to manage your nutrition.
Malnutrition and Eating for Good Health
Did you know that malnutrition is actually more common than we think? There are approximately 3 million people in the UK who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition - test your knowledge on common malnutrition myths below. To help prevent malnutrition, the Eating for Good Health booklet below contains useful information about good nutrition in later life. You can also take a look at specific advice about how to acheive Healthy Weight Gain.
To combat malnutrition, we will often ‘fortify food’ - i.e. increase the density of calories. One of the easiest ways to do this is to make ‘enriched milk’ using skimmed milk powder.
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Please note, if you have a health condition or are taking medications which may be affected by a change in your diet, please speak to your doctor before making any changes.
Click here for more nutrition and wellbeing support, or, if you are concerned you may be at risk of malnutrition, call us on 0330 2000 103
Specific health conditions
If you live with a specific health condition, the links below will direct you to specific COVID-19 advice:
There is also plenty of advice on our website on how to eat well if you have a specific health condition, or allergy (e.g. coeliac disease):