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LOCKDOWN BINGE-EATING, BOX SETS AND BORED ‘A HEALTH TIME BOMB’

People could face a health “time bomb” after a lockdown spent drinking, over-eating and watching Netflix, a council has warned. 

While some had been able to exercise, others picked up “bad habits” while stuck indoors over winter, a meeting was told. 

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s heard GPs had patients who had not left their house since last March. 

Health officials expect a spike in “low-level anxieties”, it added. 

Councillor Paul Lissiter, who is on the authority’s Health, Care and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Sub-Committee, said two groups were expected to emerge from the lockdown. 

He said the first group, who had become more active, “would expect an improvement in their physical and mental health”, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), 

“But for the other group, they’ve eaten badly, sat at home, maybe drank a bit more, watched Netflix and played computer games,” he said. 

"They could become more anxious, this could be a time bomb in the future." 

The council said drug and alcohol intake had risen during lockdown, with the demand for mental health support also rising. 

John Skidmore, the authority’s Director of Adults, Health and Customer Services, said there were “unknowns” about the impact of lockdown on individuals. 

“I’ve also spoken to GPs working on the vaccination programme who say that for some of those getting their jabs it’s the first time they’ve left the house since March. 

“We don’t know yet what some of the effects will be, for the positive changes we’ll have to look at things like growing our leisure centre membership back. 

 

“For those who are lonely or isolated or haven’t left the house we’ll need to look at getting them back into the community.” 

Source – BBC News 

Home workouts: Why you should reconsider your fitness goals this lockdown

Spent more time in your pyjamas than your workout gear this lockdown? Replaced burpees with boxsets? Or chest presses with chocolate? 

We’re sure you get the idea, but if you’re feeling this way then you’re not alone. 

A survey’s found that two fifths of us are doing less exercise in this lockdown compared to the first one in Spring 2020. 

“If you cast your mind back to April, it was pretty beautiful every day, whereas now there are less daylight hours,” Dr Ian Taylor tells Newsbeat. 

He’s a psychologist at Loughborough University and specialises in what motivates us when it comes to sport and exercise. 

“But also it’s not novel anymore. The last lockdown for a lot of people gave them a bit of time to think and do things and that element was quite energising.” 

That’s how Chris feels- he got really into fitness at the start of the first lockdown but says this time around he “can’t think of anything worse” than working out. 

“I live in a house of multiple occupancy so it’s really difficult to do a home workout whilst everyone else is in the house,” Chris says. 

“Especially when you’ve been working from home staring at a computer – that sounds so lazy and I hate it,” he adds. 

'Remove barriers'

Ian says there are a few things you can do to try and get into a positive mindset about exercise and make it seem a lot less daunting. 

“Remove barriers as you’ll be surprised how many of them mount up against your motivation,” he says. 

“Going for a walk is very easy because you don’t need to change your clothes or move furniture out the way for example, or worry about your [gym] kit being spread all over the house”. 

He adds it might be useful to change the goals when it comes to exercise too – and think about the benefit it will have to your mental health rather than your physical health. 

“What that does is reduce the time between your exercise and the outcome – if you’re exercising to be healthy at the minute, that seems too far in the future as getting fitter doesn’t happen straight away. 

“Feeling better after exercise does happen straight away”. 

Chris also says seeing people on social media smashing their home workouts can make him feel down too. 

“I find I’m constantly comparing myself to everyone else on Instagram: ‘Oh that person’s been on a run, I need to do a run’. 

“I get in such a mental state about it and can’t get myself out of that rut,” he says. 

Source – BBC News 

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