Holly’s Top Tips for Isolation: Number 5
Holly's Top Tips for Isolation: Number 5
Holly, who's spent over two years in isolation due to treatment for her Neurofibromatosis, give us some help on how to cope with lockdown. Here is her Top Tips for Isolation: Number 5.
Number 5: Keep Active
Holly’s fifth tip for coping with isolation is to make sure to get some exercise.
We all know that physical activity is important. During COVID-19’s isolation period it’s even more vital, as our movement could grind to a halt. The good news is that we are collectively realising this; a survey conducted at the start of April by Sport England found that 63% of adults feel it is more important to be exercising now than they did before COVID-29.
The physical benefits are the most obvious outcome of activity; better fitness reduced likelihood of illness, etc. But it’s the mental benefits that we equally need. Exercise has the ability to suppress our brain’s response to stress – both physical and emotional. It also increases endorphins, boosting our mood. And in these uncertain times, the last benefit of exercise is that it helps give us routine, a sense of purpose. Go no matter your fitness ability, a little activity can help a lot!
Whatever kind of workout you want to go for, Holly has great suggestions. Jogging and burpees for cardio, yoga for a more chilled out activity, and some dancing if you just want to have fun! No matter what it is, a little bit of activity can help a lot during lockdown.
You can read more about Holly and her COVID-19 experience here.