5 mind body housebound activities

1. Sit less
Advocates of standing desks point to Harvard studies showing that after a meal, blood sugar levels return to normal faster on days a person spends more time standing. And standing, rather than sitting, may reduce the risk of shoulder and back pain.

2. Stair climbing
Is a great cardiovascular exercise that burns lots of calories, while developing both strength and power. It’s a great way to strengthen and tone your legs – from your calves to your butt usually without the impact commonly associated with jogging, running or sprinting.

3. Body weight
To use your body weight in strength training exercises, try exercises such as squats, lunges, abdominal crunches, pushups, pull-ups or step-ups. Keep movements smooth and controlled.

4. Dancing
Here is a video to inspire Dr Loren Mowszowski, a clinical neuropsychologist at the University of Sydney, said that learning to dance, juggle, or speak a new language were all good ways of challenging the brain while in lockdown.

5. Learning something new
Mowszowski also tells us, “That’s the essence of neuroplasticity, it’s doing something new, something to stimulate your mind in a novel way, and when we’re in isolation … that’s really a perfect opportunity to try a new task or activity.”