We have put these pages together to give you some tips and inspiration on staying healthy through lockdown. We hope you find these pages helpful and use them as a guide to improving and/or maintaining your health.
We are in a fast-paced and ever evolving situation, so please make sure you continually keep up to date with the Government guidance and take personal responsibility for protecting yourself and others.
Before we get to the fun stuff and practical advice below, as a community-focused health improvement organisation, we must highlight the most important information at this time, which is provided by the Government. You can access their web pages by clicking on the picture to the right.
Other useful sources and regularly updated websites are also listed below.
5 ways to wellbeing
Keeping well isn’t just about being active, it’s about finding balance in other aspects of our lives, such as building support networks and taking notice of the world around us.
One great way to build resilience is to focus on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. These are really simple and can have a huge impact on our overall wellbeing. Click the button below to explore further.
Get inspired by free APPS
The great thing about living in the 21st century is the access we have to free health and fitness information. We have put a few of the best apps here that can give you guidance and motivation, either in your home or from your doorstep.
In addition to the above physical activity apps, there are also plenty of websites and free platforms to help with mental health too.
These can be really useful for understanding and managing mental health challenges at this time, or just finding tools such as meditation and mindfulness that may bring more balance and calm to your home and daily life.
Sport England are the go-to organisation at this moment in time for advice and guidance on getting active in your home.
They have plenty of sound advice so take advantage of their resources!
Click HERE to access their pages.
s.m.a.r.t.e.r. Goal setting
Now we are in a lockdown for the third time, there will be some important lessons we have learnt from the previous two lockdowns which we can use as motivation for coming through this next period. This should help us fly out the other side with better health than we have gone in with.
Whether it’s those New Year’s resolutions we promised ourselves we’d stick to on the 1st of January, or the changes we contemplated heading into Christmas, it’s much easier to achieve goals and lifestyle changes if we write them down. This helps us add some structure, accountability, and a process to achieving them.
The best way to set goals is by using the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. acronym. If you use the picture opposite you can see what the acronym stands for. Ask yourself the colour-coded questions to help you set your goals.
Don’t forget to write them down and keep them visible so you can come through lockdown 3 in a healthier and happier way.
fresh air and sunshine are important
Although we must minimise the amount of time we can be outdoors, when we are out it’s really important to maximise every minute of that time.
With this in mind we have showcased what’s on our doorsteps within Exeter, no matter what part of the city you live in.
The Exeter Green Circle is a 12 mile walk that provides a great countryside experience within the boundaries of Exeter – from green valley parks to the pavements of quiet leafy suburbs.
The walk is made up of five sections which are listed below:
In this difficult time we can all find some peace, quiet, time for reflection and beauty in nature.
Devon Wildlife Trust look after Exeter’s Valley Parks which are there for all to enjoy. These parks are close to people’s homes and they offer a wide choice of leisurely walks, places to relax, fine views, and plenty of wildlife.
It’s really is important to open or eyes and ears and take in the beauty of nature. Through Devon Wildlife Trust you can not only learn how to connect with nature but also identify species of animals and plants as the spring approaches.
Active Devon is a community-focused, non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring and supporting Devon to be active.
They believe movement is central to living healthier, happier and more connected lives whatever your age, ability or background.
Their website has many top tips and suggestions on staying healthy in Devon.
Bringing the Library inside your home
Whilst library buildings may only be open for Click & Collect services during lockdown, all Devon residents have free access to some fantastic library services online, all year round. Did you know you can access for free 1000s of eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, Audiobooks, a Classical music library, Ancestry UK and more, all through your library membership?
So if money is tight and you’ve cancelled your newspaper or magazine subscriptions, you can read them for free online instead. It’s easy to sign up for a membership card online, and by using the library service you’d be doing a good thing for our communities – as the library services in Devon and Torbay are run by a charity (Libraries Unlimited). The more people who use the library service, the more funding they are able to apply for to expand their services. Sounds like us here at Freemoovement…!
WE WILL BE BACK!