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Staying active is really important. It keeps your body moving, builds your bones and muscles, and makes you less likely to get ill. This is more important than ever during this time period, where we are aware of our health and vulnerable people. The first rule of first aid is to look after yourself, as this makes you more able to be responsible for others.

Keeping active while at home is crucial, it is easy to fall into the habit of being sedentary all day, but this can shorten your life and lead to joint and muscle issues. Walking, dancing, swimming, having a kick about with those you live with, or playing physically active videogames. If the gym is still open in your area, why not go for a training session? A YoungScot membership card will give you a discount!

Whatever exercise you like to do, it’s a great way of making sure you are looking after your body.

But to do exercise, you also need to have some energy to get moving. 

Healthy Fuel

And that’s why healthy eating is really important. Eating a well-balanced diet gives you the fuel you need to get through your day, but also to get active.

Your body needs calories and nutrients to burn when it is doing exercise. But it isn’t just a case of eating. You need to make sure you are eating the right thing. You may be feeling more or less hungry while at home, perhaps due to emotional stress. It is important to keep eating, but if you are having problems with an eating disorder or are concerned about your eating habits, please seek help.

A Healthy Start

Start your day with a healthy breakfast. People often say that it is the most important meal of the day. That’s because it makes sure that you have a good energy burst to get you going as you start your day. So don’t skip it! If you are not feeling hungry upon waking up, eat something small, such as a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts.


Try things like fruit, yoghurt, or cereals that are wholegrain and high in fibre. The same goes for your toast – wholegrain is the best choice. Protein is a good choice for the morning as you will feel fuller for longer.

Promote Your Protein

Try to have something with protein in it when you can. Protein supports your body to grow, stay healthy, and repair itself. It’s also really important for building and repairing muscles after you have done exercise.

Food with protein includes things like chicken, turkey, red meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, veggie alternatives, or beans.

Eat The Rainbow

Your body needs natural vitamins and fibres, which you can get from fruit and vegetables. You might have heard of ‘five a day’ which encourages you to have at least five different fruit or vegetables each day.  Another way to think of it is to try to ‘eat the rainbow’, so you are eating different coloured fruit and veg each day, and can say you’ve done all the colours by the end.

Read more about healthy eating and physical health:

NHS – Eat Well

Healthy Eating and Physical Health

Healthy Eating and Physical Health


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