For… stretch sessions
There are increasing numbers of dedicated stretch studios and classes popping up (for when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted), but you can get your flex on virtually, too. The Frampton Method App – by movement guru Roger Frampton – features a library of guided flexibility videos, while London studio Good Stretch hosts online workouts so you can limber up in your lounge*.
For… a breath of fresh air
Over a million Brits have quit smoking since the pandemic began – and joining the club will benefit your skin, energy, oral health, immunity and fertility, as well as your life expectancy. Check out the NHS Stop Smoking Service (available at selected Boots pharmacies) and add Nicotinell Lozenges to your support squad. They can help combat withdrawal symptoms and are the UK’s No.1-selling nicotine replacement lozenge†. Research suggests using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)** can double your chances of successfully quitting – as opposed to willpower alone – especially when it’s part of a broader action plan.
†Nielson Scantrack Data, Total Coverage GB, Volume Sales, MAT to W/E 28/11/20; for verification, email: email@example.com. **Stop smoking aid; contains nicotine; requires willpower; always read the label.
For… a few squats/press-ups/high-knees while you wait
‘Exercise snacking’ is all about bite-sized bursts of movement spread over the day*. They all add up!
For… a balanced, colourful diet
Health heroes include nutrient-rich fruits such as blueberries, green veggies like spinach, and at least one portion of oily fish a week. Consider supporting a healthy diet with a quality nutritional supplement, too. Centrum is the world’s No.1-selling multivitamin***, with Centrum Advance containing vitamins B12 and B6, each of which contributes to normal energy release, plus vitamin C to support normal immune function.
***Based on worldwide value sales of the Centrum range; for verification, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For… a dose of friluftsliv
This Norwegian concept encourages us to embrace the outdoors, even when it’s freezing. Nature is a science-backed stress-easer, so step outside for a stroll, a bike ride or even a spot of wild swimming, if you dare (check out Wild Swimming for info), restrictions allowing.
Already popular in other parts of Europe and gaining traction here, this meditative practice combines breath-work, movement and positive visualisation to help ease everyday stress and boost emotional wellbeing. BeSophro offers an online course, and you can also find guided exercises on YouTube.
For… being lulled to sleep by Pzizz
This NHS-approved app uses voiceover narrations based on clinical sleep interventions. It also features specially designed music (also known as ‘psychoacoustics’) that’s tailored to different stages of your sleep cycle, to help you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed.