5 ways to stay healthy at home

Guest post by

Dr Hilary Jones

Manuka Doctor is proud to have a long-standing association with TV’s Dr Hilary Jones. Now as part of his busy schedule, Dr Hilary will be writing a guest blog for this website every month.

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As we begin 2021, the Coronavirus pandemic is still touching every part of our lives.

Government advice is still to try and stay at home as much as possible and limit your social interactions.

And at this time of year, when it’s cold and dark, it may be tempting to enter a hibernation-type state and wait until things take a turn for the better. But there are many things you can do at home to keep healthy, active and fit.

Here are a few suggestions:

1. Make smart swaps. If you’re a snacker or a grazer, then now is the time to plan ahead! Try and stock up on healthier snacks, like fruit, nuts, or

2. Experiment in the kitchen. Now is a good time to expand on your cooking skills and try something healthy and new. We’ve all got some things in the back of the cupboards that never get used during more ‘normal’ times. So why not look-up how to finally cook those lentils, give that marinade a try, or use up some fresh vegetables with that old risotto rice.

3. Be active indoors. If workout videos on YouTube aren’t your thing, you can still stay active by tricking yourself into it. Dancing to the radio, mopping, hoovering, playing with the kids all count as physical exercise – so enjoy it! Not only are you doing a job, if you’re getting a bit out of breath then you’re also moving and being active.

4. Take phone calls on the move. I think this is a great tip! We are all using our phones, Facetimes, and Zoom video calls more and more. Why not have a stroll around your house while speaking to family? Or you could combine a walk outside with a chat on the phone.

5. Try a Vitamin D supplement. Sometimes called the sunshine Vitamin, because we get it from sunlight. If we are spending more time indoors due to the pandemic, it could be worth investigating. The Government recommends everyone takes a Vitamin D supplement in the Winter, and is offering free Vitamin D supplements to those who are high risk.

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