Health at home
Posted by: The personal injury help and advice team
We understand that if you’re recovering from an injury that has changed your life dramatically, it can also have an effect on your mental health, motivation and energy levels.
It’s really important to stay active and get plenty of fresh air and movement during the recovery process, to help keep your mind healthy at a time when you’re most likely to be affected. This article by Livestrong states that “according to Harvard Health Publications, exercise may be an effective way to help improve your mood. By releasing serotonin and other endorphins, exercise can even be useful in treating depression.”
However, realistically, after experiencing a traumatic event, getting yourself to the gym or out for a run isn’t always at the forefront of your mind. And depending on the extent of your injury and circumstances, you may even be unable to leave the house.
That said, there are plenty of ways we can all stay active from the comfort of our own home. From indoor cardio to relaxing yoga, there are a multitude of exercises and options available to suit individual needs.
At home workouts
The NHS recommend that adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and 20 minutes of moderate activity, such as cycling or a brisk walk, is enough to keep you healthy. Providing you have enough space in your living room / bedroom / dining room, at home workouts can be a really efficient way to fit in that quick 20 minute session.
There are lots of easy-to-follow exercise routines available online, such as this cardio workout by the NHS or this 20 minute HIIT tutorial by Fitness Blender. Or alternatively there are a multitude of free YouTube videos to tune in to, such as this 20 minute yoga session for beginners, by Adriene Mishler.
Fitness apps are a really convenient way to access easy-to-follow routines from your favourite trainers on your phone or tablet. You’ll find that celebrity fitness gurus such as Joe Wicks, Kayla Itsines and Les Mills all have apps available and you can be assured they’ll be regularly updated, so you don’t get bored!
It’s definitely worth having a browse and trying a few different options, to figure out what suits your style, what you enjoy and the right type of workout for you. Fitness apps range in price and a lot of them are free depending on the package, so there are affordable options for everyone. To find out more on fitness apps, click here.
Believe it or not there are lots of useful items lying around your abode that can help you on the fitness front. Have you tried using cans, heavy books or large water bottles as weights? Or how about the stairs for a leg work out? Beach towels can be used as impromptu yoga mats and stretch straps. Even a wall is all the support you need for squats (performing a wall sit is one of the best ways to tone your legs and core all at the same time)! It’s all about utilising what you already have to save on (what can sometimes be) expensive gym equipment.
A tidy home = a tidy mind. A Scottish Health Survey revealed that 3,000 people who reported anxiety and stress found that carrying out regular, vigorous housework could cut these feelings by up to 20%. If you’re able, why ‘kill two birds with one stone’ and put your physical energy into a full house clean. By working hard and fast with activities such as scrubbing floors, cleaning windows and lifting a vacuum, you’ll increase your heart rate and kick start your metabolism while realising endorphins. The perfect way to declutter your mind and stay active!