Keeping fit and healthy at home

Following Government advice, a lot of us may now be spending quite a bit of time at home.

It’s more important than ever to keep yourself healthy and active so we have put together some resources for you to try.

As well as doing exercise at home, many of us are also allowed out of the house once a day for exercise in our local area.

If you (or a person in your care) have a significant medical condition that means you need to go outside to exercise more than once a day, this is allowed. You can read more about this Government guidance here.


Exercising at home

Our DSActive team have (with a bit of help from the fundraising team) put together some videos of exercises you can do at home with everyday objects, including a chair, cartons and some tins.

Rebecca demonstrates a more advanced set of exercises using your stairs:


Football fitness in your front room

Emma, DSActive Sports Officer, takes you through a football-skills based fitness class that you can do in your front room.

Emma guides you through a warm-up, skills work and then a cool-down. The video takes about 15 minutes but please pause whenever you need to.

Music courtesy of www.bensounds.com


Boccia…with socks!

If you want to know more about the rules of Boccia, check out the Boccia England website.


Tennis and Cricket…on your dining room or kitchen table!

If you want to find out more about Table Cricket, there’s more on the Lord’s Taveners website.


Challenge 50 or Challenge 21

If you have a bit of outdoor space, or a safe space indoor, you could always try some of our Challenge 50 or Challenge 21 activities…


The toilet roll challenge

While filming some fitness activities for people to do at home, two members of our DSActive team took a bit of time to join in (badly) with the #ToiletRollChallenge. No toilet rolls were harmed in the making of this video. Can you do any better?



Joe Wicks

If you fancy trying a morning workout, The Body Coach Joe Wicks will be running a daily workout for children every morning at 9am on his YouTube channel.


The Green Goddess

Eighty-year-old Diana Moran is The Green Goddess and she is making a big comeback on BBC Breakfast. You can find out more about her home workouts here.


Nutrition

During times of uncertainty and stress it can be very tempting to eat sugary or unhealthy food to make us feel better. However, this can put our bodies under more strain and can lead to effects such as insomnia and weight gain. Here are some blogs on nutrition to help explain what a healthy diet is.


Mental health

There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment so it is important to look at your mental health as well as your physical health.

Maintaining normal routines as much as possible will help with remaining positive.

Sleep is really important for mental health so try and maintain good sleep habits and try and get at least 8 hours a night.

Activities such as arts and crafts, drawing, reading, playing games, singing and dancing are all really good for lowering anxiety and reducing stress.

If you need any advice on mental health or any advice on staying health, please call our helpline on 0333 1212 300 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday or email info@downs-syndrome.org.uk.