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During this sustained period of lockdown and self-isolation it is important that we continue to stay as active as possible. Coronavirus has affected all aspects of our lives and the constant news about the pandemic can feel never-ending.

Not only is it impacting our physical health but it is taking its toll on some people’s mental health too. Making healthy food choices, giving up smoking and not drinking too much alcohol can all help in strengthening your body and immune system.

Gambling and drug addiction also present additional challenges during this emergency. There are many sources of advice and help available and we have selected some that you may find useful whatever your age or circumstances.

Exercise Regularly

See information on exercise for children & older people

NHS Resources

The secret to getting or staying fit for free is to use every opportunity to be active. From walking, stair climbing and simple home exercises to structured exercise programmes, it just means you are helping to prevent yourself getting run down or depressed. This NHS site is a great place to start to get ideas no matter how much or how little exercise or activity you have done in the past, no matter how young or how old you are.

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One You – Workouts

To stay fit and healthy, you’re recommended to get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, or around 20 to 30 minutes a day. Plus, you should aim to do strengthening and balance exercises at least 2 days a week. These home workouts are an easy way to help you reach your exercise goals, so give them a go!

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Activity Alliance from Sport England

Activity Alliance is a charity working to make active lives possible with a vision that disabled people are active for life. There are many ways for everyone to enjoy an active lifestyle.

Are you disabled or are you supporting disabled friends, family or clients to find new ways to be active? Getting fit can help improve certain physical functions to help with daily life, reduce the chance of obesity and provide general health and mental wellbeing. Whatever level of physical ability, there are options that are right for everyone.

Having an active lifestyle can have many advantages. Regular physical exercise provides social benefits and mental health improvements, including:

Increased independence
A reduction in stress
A boost in self esteem
Enhanced co-ordination
Better strengthened balance

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Cycling UK

Cycling UK wants to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to discover the joys of cycling. Not only is it a healthy way to get out of doors and stay fit, but it can cut car journeys and reduce pollution.

During the Covid-19 outbreak many individuals and families have either taken up cycling for the first time or have taken their bikes out of storage and cycled on quieter roads and byways.
As the country’s leading cycling charity, Cycling UK wants people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be able to cycle safely, easily and enjoyably.

Website: https://www.cyclinguk.org/

Cycling UK is campaigning to secure temporary safe cycling and walking space during the Covid-19 outbreak. The charity is also supporting the creation of permanent, safer cycle and walking routes as we emerge from lockdown. More information here

Mainly for Children

P.E. With Joe Wicks

The Body Coach TV 2020 | The Home of Home Workouts

Joe Wicks started the Body Coach TV with a goal to offer free home workouts to everyone, no matter what their fitness levels.

The lessons called ”PE with Joe” are streamed live on Wicks’ YouTube channel at 9am, Monday to Friday. There’s no need for any equipment with Wicks’ lessons designed to be done in living rooms using only bodyweight. With schools closed, there is no PE so Wicks’ sessions can provide relief for parents who are indoors with children all day.

Get your kids moving and feeling energised, positive and optimistic.

Go to The Body Coach TV Channel here

Mr Cleave’s Home Sports

Home activities and challenges to keep students, family and friends active in these times of self-isolation and social distancing.

A wide range of imaginative sporty activities ranging from football to rounders, games and novel exercises.

Visit the YouTube Channel here

Change 4 Life

This great NHS website has a host of ideas to keep children active. Loads of sports and activities, plus loads of Disney inspired indoor games and 10 Minute Shake Up challenges to help them stay active while everyone’s at home.

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Wildlife Trust Somerset – Gardening for Wellbeing

A host of imaginative green ideas for both adults and children to get involved in. A range of free downloadable guides to encourage wildlife in your garden or patch of ground. Here you’ll find tips and downloads to help you improve your garden so wildlife can thrive while you get exercise outside.

Wildlife Trust Reserves during Covid-19 emergency: With regret the Wildlife Trust has taken the decision to entirely close Westhay Moor and Catcott reserves. Other reserves will remain open to those local to them for their daily outside excursion, but social distancing guidelines must be observed for the safety of other visitors.

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Seniors Health & Fitness

More Life Health

Aimed at people over 60, here you will find everything you need for you to move better, get stronger, become fitter, get healthier and look and feel better! Everything from seated exercises to good healthy eating, and advice on supporting your immune system throughout and beyond the pandemic. Led by a Seniors’ Specialist Physiotherapist, this site is here to help you improve your health and fitness now and for the future.

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Mental Health

There are many local and national services available from the Samaritans (Free to call anytime on 116 123) to sources of help in cases of Domestic Violence. Please go our Support pages on this website for additional local and national listings and contact details.

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How to look after your mental health during coronavirus lockdown
Not only is the threat of a new virus scary, many people are also facing stressful life challenges. Lots of people who were working in pubs and restaurants or who are self-employed have lost jobs or had their incomes cut. Social distancing and self-isolating mean avoiding seeing friends and family and many people are worried about vulnerable loved ones. And of course, for the 1.5 million people recommended to stay indoors entirely for three months as part of the shielding initiative, restrictions are even more extreme.

In addition, it can be hard to escape the constant barrage of bad news in the media too, which can add to feelings of stress and despair.

“We know that coronavirus is causing worry and stress for many people,” says Stephen Buckley, head of information at the mental health charity Mind. “If you already experience a mental health problem, it may be affecting this and how you are coping.

“Many people are being asked to stay at home and avoid others, which might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things people can try to help with their well-being during the outbreak.”

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Every Mind Matters

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you.

It’s important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

The tips and advice on the Every Mind Matters website are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.

The government also has wider guidance on staying at home as a result of coronavirus.

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Healthy Eating

There are many local and national services available from the Samaritans (Free to call anytime on 116 123) to sources of help in cases of Domestic Violence. Please go our Support pages on this website for additional local and national listings and contact details.

Tips for Healthy Eating

8 practical tips that cover the basics of healthy eating and can help you make healthier choices.

The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how active you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.

If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.

You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.

It’s recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules). Women should have around 2,000 calories a day (8,400 kilojoules).

Most adults in the UK are eating more calories than they need and should eat fewer calories.

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Food facts for children

The NHS website, Change4Life, is here to help your family be healthier and happier. Find out more about what’s really in the food your family eats.

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More Life Health Eating Guide

Aimed at older residents – Learn about healthy eating to improve your health and get into your best shape.

CUT OUT THE JUNK. EAT HEALTHY NUTRIENT-DENSE, IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS

Limit unhealthy food. Eat more nutrient-dense, healthy food. Ensure you are getting adequate calories each day, and, add foods that support your immune system.

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Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs and Gambling

Covid-19 and Smoking

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection, it affects the lungs and airways.

Smoking damages your lungs and weakens your immune system. This makes it more likely that you will have complications if you get sick and that it will take you longer to recover. Smoking of any kind, not just cigarettes, but shisha, cannabis or any other substances will also increase your risks.

Secondhand smoke in the home and in other enclosed spaces also poses a risk. Children and those with existing health conditions are particularly at risk and smokers should take every effort to protect them from exposure. Smokers are also much more likely to get other health problems at a time when the NHS is under strain from COVID-19.

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Action on Smoking and Health Website

Covid-19 and Alcohol

Alcohol Change UK is the new charity formed by the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern. In times of stress we can find ourselves drinking more often or more heavily. The first way to keep a healthy, happy relationship with alcohol is to look after your general mental health. Being isolated and in lockdown is a time when alcohol consumption has markedly increased. Drinking excessively can be highly detrimental. Here you can find information and advice on alcohol during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – including tips for managing your drinking, links to support you can access even while self-isolating, and guidance for professionals.

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Covid-19 and Drugs & Drug Addiction

People who use drugs face the same risks as those of the general population and therefore need to be aware of the appropriate advice to reduce their risk of infection. They can be exposed to additional risks, however, that require developing assessment and mitigation strategies. These are linked to some of the behaviours associated with drug use and to the settings in which drug use take place, or where care is provided. Risks are increased by the high level of physical and psychological comorbidity found among some people who use drugs, the fact that drug problems are often more common in marginalised communities, and the stigmatisation that people who use drugs often experience.

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