The pandemic and lockdowns have made us all think more about what we eat, the impact exercise has on our health and wellbeing and how our mental health and wellbeing is affected by our diet and exercise.
Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. This extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now Covid-19.
On this page, we'll signpost you to ways to make your health better. We have links to NHS pages and other resources for ways to lose weight and eat healthy, get active, improve your mental health and also quit smoking. All of these will help you stay healthier, be more active, feel better and will help you fight Covid-19.
No matter how much you do, physical activity is good for your body and mind. Adults should aim to be be active every day. Some is good – more is better still and if you can do up to half an hour each day then you're doing amazing!
Below are some links to websites and webpages which will give you ideas on how to increase your physical activity levels -
Try It At Home
Hull Culture and Leisure has a variety of home workout videos designed by our fitness instructors. No special equipment is needed other than what you may find in your house and these videos give you ideas for core, cardio, strength and conditioning workouts.
Get Hull Active
Get Hull Active is the website resource for the 10 year Physical Health strategy for Hull. On this website you will find information on getting active, testamonials from Hull residents who have improved their health during the lockdowns and other resources including a pledge page where you can make your pledge on how you will help Get Hull Active.
NHS Get Active
The Get Active section of the NHS Better Health website has links to popular NHS apps including Couch to 5k, Active 10 as well as links to other fitness website resources.
Lose Weight and Eat Healthy
If you're overweight, losing weight has many health benefits. Making small, simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking can really help you lose weight, improve your moods, boost your body confidence and when combined with getting active can improve your fitness levels.
Below are some links to some websites which have useful information on the benefits of losing weight, eating healthy and also recipes for healthy meals -
NHS Lose Weight
The lose weight section of the NHS Better Choices website has links to BMI and weight loss plan apps, tips on eating healthier meals and website links to other nutrition / diet providers.
The Change4Life website is packed with information on healthy eating, meal plans and ideas and information on how good diet can help both you and your whole family. It also has information focused on the benefits of healthy eating for children so you can find out more about children's health and nutrition.
Look After Your Mental Health
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. While our mental wellbeing can be improved by healthier eating and being more active, finding ways to improve our mental health can be the key to making other positive changes in our lives.
The Every Mind Matters webpage on the NHS One You website has links to topics including loneliness, dealing with change, coping with coronavirus, plus links to other areas including childrens mental wellbeing and looking after others.
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health.
When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you'll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too - and they start almost immediately.
The Quit Smoking section of the NHS Better Health website has information on the benefits of quitting smoking, links to the NHS Smokefree app, and plans to help you quit smoking.