Health expert reveals 5 things we're most likely to neglect during lockdown – and how to avoid them!

Make sure you're not neglecting your general wellness during lockdown...

While in lockdown we're all having to develop new routines, to cope with the change to our everyday lives. But what if that means some of our best daily practices are being neglected, when in fact they are key to living a healthy lifestyle.

Steve Ahern, PT for Musclefood’s diet and fitness programme Do The Unthinkable, reveals the top five habits households are most likely to neglect.

From drinking enough water to maintaining a good posture, while working from our makeshift desks.

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Here's what we should be most mindful off while we're at home living our lockdown lives...

1.Water – watch your intake

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(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Scott)

We're probably all guilty of this. Somehow in an office environment it's easier to remember to drink water. Steve says, 'It’s very easy to fall into the habit of drinking hot drinks, whether these be tea or coffee. However, you shouldn’t forget how important water is.'

His suggestion, 'try to keep a big water bottle near you, as you would in your normal day at work. This is a great way to help measure exactly how much you’re drinking and to keep yourself on track.'

2. Sleep – ensure you're getting plenty

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(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

'As routines have been turned upside down, many people won’t be keeping to their normal sleeping routine. Try and keep to your usual sleep pattern as much as possible as this will help keep to a routine which in turn will help with productivity and mindset.'

He goes on to expertly add, 'sleep is important – as it’s where your body rehabilitates itself and puts the brain in order, so it’s important to try and get at least eight hours a night.'

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3. Posture – check it's correct

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(Image credit: Future PLC/Tim Young)

As we work from home there's the temptation to work from the sofa or even bed. Or most likely hunched over a desk which is too low for us. All of which are not ideal solutions, Steve advises us on how to combat the bad side effectives of them all.

He suggests, 'find some time each day to stretch and open up the lungs which will help with posture. Also try and think about how you’re sitting, your back should be straight with your shoulder back, you shouldn’t feel as if you’re bending over at any point.'

4. Communications – maintain close connections

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As we currently are only allowed to see the people we live with it’s important, now more than ever, to spend time talking to friends and family.

'This will give you contact with the outside world that we’re all craving. Video calling and texting as much as possible will keep the connections alive, and means that no one is left alone during this period.' This is for the benefit of our mental health and wellness.

5. Brain – keep it active

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(Image credit: Cece Wilden)

It’s never been more important to keep our brains active and stimulated, as much as possible. Rather than spending our extra time in front of the TV Steve has a better idea. He suggests, 'consider picking up a book, or even learning a new language, to ensure you’re using different parts of your brain. Taking time away from screens will also help your general wellbeing.'

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Stay home, but stay happy in the process.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.