February is officially the month of love, but there’s no doubt that this year our Valentine’s Day celebrations will look a bit different. Even though the usual plans may not be possible, we suggest how you could celebrate the most romantic day of the year with some ideas to keep the romance alive in lockdown.
With another period of lockdown restrictions currently in place and the coldest winter months on the horizon, it’s vital we look at how we can not only support our physical health in the coming months but also our mental health.
We’re sure that many of you have been missing your trips to the gym over the past few weeks and with fitness facilities in England now allowed to reopen, as of Wednesday 2nd December, we’re excited to welcome you back through our doors.
During the winter months when the temperatures drop and the nights are drawing in, it can be difficult to keep yourself motivated when it comes to exercise.
Topics: winter exercise
The news we’d been hoping to hear this week; that gyms and indoor leisure facilities could re-open was delayed, much to our frustration. After weeks of planning, preparing, and training we were all told we’d have to wait a little longer to re-open our doors. Although we’re disappointed you can rest assured that when the green light is given, we will be all systems go.
As we start to see social distancing regulations lift, some people might be looking for new and alternative ways to exercise and keep fit, especially if it involves being outside. Well look no further than the great game of golf!
For many, 1Life is the place you go to take your children swimming or attend your favourite exercise class, go to the gym or even play sport. Since the end of March 1Life closed its doors, emptied the pools and said “goodbye; for now” to members, staff and customers as we entered into this period of social distancing. However, despite the clubs and centres being closed, 1Life has been busy behind the scenes doing what it can to support not only its members but communities up and down the country as well.
The UK has now been socially distancing for more than six weeks. This means six weeks of having to completely change, overhaul and modify everyday, normal life. Many families are trying to juggle home schooling with full or part time work, whilst others have been furloughed and can’t work or have to simply stay at home and self-isolate; whichever camp you’re in, life is tough.
Life isn’t easy at the moment, especially if you’re trying to juggle work and full time childcare whilst the nation social distances.
It’s hard not to scroll through social media and look with envy at some families who just seem to have their “stuff together”; creating amazing home learning experiences, enjoying wonderful family walks and bike rides, cooking what looks like gourmet meals and let’s not get started on how they are managing to still excel in their jobs! Healthy eating isn’t always easy and we understand it can feel like there’s not enough hours in the day to knock up a gourmet meal. Don’t worry, 1Life has your back! We’ve pulled together some ideas and inspiration to create tasty, quick and healthy family meals.
Cooking with fish
Fish is among the healthiest foods on the planet and the tastiest. It’s bursting with important nutrients, such as protein and vitamin D (which we are all in need of at the moment – apparently!). Fish is also the world's best source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for your body and brain – perfect for those young minds when you’re home-schooling. Fish is generally considered to be among the best foods you can eat for a healthy heart. Some people can be intimidated by cooking fish so here’s a simple guide to give you a little more confidence; https://www.buzzfeed.com/jesseszewczyk/6-easy-ways-to-conquer-your-fear-of-cooking-fish?utm_term=.qax0K45PL#.wp14jOxrQ
Cooking with chicken
In general children has less cholesterol and saturated fat than other red meats but it is high in protein, which makes is a great ingredient for weight management. It’s also packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins. It’s extremely versatile and can be paired with most dishes and is often seen as a weekly menu staple. Chicken is high in an amino acid called tryptophan, which gives you that comforting feeling after eating it. And research shows that if you’re feeling a little down, eating some poultry will increase the serotonin levels in your brain, enhance your mood, blast stress, and encourage you to sleep well. Chicken is also rich in phosphorus, which supports teeth and bone health, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system function. You can cook chicken on its own (bake, roast, grill, boil, bbq, steam or fry) and enjoy it with vegetables and potatoes or mix it with a stir fry or salad or even chop and dice it in a pie. You can create a lovely chicken salad or even a protein packed chicken sandwich …the possibilities are endless.
Cooking with pasta
Pasta offers a good foundation for healthy, nutritious and tasty meals the whole family will love. Pasta provides a good source of several essential nutrients, including iron and several B-vitamins. Whole wheat pasta can provide up to 25% of your daily fibre requirements and enriched pasta is fortified with folic acid which is essential for women of child-bearing age.
Pasta provides glucose, the crucial fuel for your brain and muscles. Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which provides a slow release of energy; a great lunchtime meal that will keep the kids (and you) going until dinner time. Unlike simple sugars that offer a quick, yet fleeting boost of energy, pasta helps sustain energy.
Cooking with beans, pulses and lentils
Beans, pulses and lentils can be a less expensive source of protein when compared to meat and fish. Aside from protein, complex carbs and fibre, beans contain a powerhouse of nutrients including antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc – they really are a superfood and there are plenty of tasty and quick ways you can cook and prepare them.
Fruit and vegetables
Let’s not forget the importance of fruit and vegetables in our diets. They provide us with a brilliant source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium as well as dietary fibre, which is what we need to maintain a healthy gut, prevent constipation and other digestion problems.
The NHS recommends you eat at least five portions of fruit and or vegetable each day due to the significant health benefits.
Look to pair meals with plenty of nutritious vegetables. Snack times can be the perfect time to serve up some lovely fresh fruit or even vegetable crudités. If you have fussy eaters at home why not make fruit smoothies or blend plenty of veg into soups or homemade pasta sauces. A lot cheaper than buying these things from the shops and much more nutritious! What’s more, you’ll be surprised at how quick and simple it is to do! https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/pasta-sauce
For more ideas, meals and recipes take a look at these websites….
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Topics: Healthy eating
Well it’s safe to say that I don’t think any of us expected this did we? For a large chunk of the population, regular habits and routines will have dramatically changed over the past few weeks. Whilst the reasons for being on lockdown are certainly the right ones, finding ourselves in this situation may have an impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. I hope you find the following five practical tips helpful in maintaining and improving both areas of your wellbeing.