Let’s all stay healthy!
I’ve written about being healthy and avoiding depression before and about happiness. Now is a good time to review and revise those ideas. One issue I’ve been aware of lately is that being healthy, happy and depression-free are all connected. I have written about that before too. I thought about this when I heard the news of the police in Derbyshire sending people away from the Peak District.
Does the countryside make you healthy?
It’s not as simple as that, but the government’s chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallence, advised us all to keep up our exercise and get fresh air whenever we could in order to maintain our physical and mental health. A walk round the garden would be a help. Many people believe that it is better to spend time in green surroundings than in the gym, although until recently you could do both. Even if you can’t get into the wilds, you might find a park or nature trail near you. If not, a walk around the streets of your town would help, as long as you don’t get too close to other people.
What exercise keeps you healthy?
Most scientists say any exercise helps you keep healthy physically and mentally. It’s probably best to do something you enjoy, but that might be impossible now the gym, baths, tennis courts etc are all closed. However, this is not the time to become a couch potato! I am trying to work some (gentle) exercises into my daily routine, as well as going out with the dog. I don’t want to put on weight or lose what little fitness I have. Apart from anything else, your general health and fitness can help you cope with Covid-19 if get it. Of course, the first priority is to avoid it.
Keep well! Stay safe!