Staying healthy has never been more important. Eating well and keeping active supports our physical and
mental health – especially during times of change.
COVID-19 can shift our daily habits – when and where we work, how we get active and keep kids entertained, and what we eat. But that doesn't mean we can't make new healthy habits. It could take some getting used to, but you might be surprised just how adaptable your family is!
Follow our tips for making new healthy habits in your home.
Staying active is one of the best things you can do to keep your body and mind healthy. The types of activities you can do during COVID-19 will depend on whether or not you have symptoms, or if there are restrictions on leaving your home.
Make sure you follow the
NSW Government's instructions to protect yourself and others. This advice applies to people living in NSW and is being updated regularly. If you live outside of NSW, follow the relevant
State or Territory advice.
Spending more time at home? Learn what you can do to stay active and healthy indoors or in your backyard.
our quick tips for busy people for more ways to stay active.
If you need help getting started with a healthier routine, now could be the best time to join Get Healthy – a free NSW Health phone-based health coaching service for adults.
Children need physical activity to thrive – it helps support their growth, development, sleep, mood and concentration.
Keeping them active and entertained (and safe) at home can present some challenges if they're having to spend some more time indoors. So what can you do to help? Check out some fun ideas from our community about how they are staying healthy and active.
And if you need some inspiration for getting active inside, here are some ideas and resources.
Allow kids to do activities they enjoy, especially those that get their heart rates up. Try:
There's no doubt it's challenging to be as active as usual while we're socially distancing. The
Australian Department of Health recommends that where possible, children and teens aged 5-17 years need:
Ideally, children under 5 should spend at least 180 minutes doing a variety of physical activities, and infants under 1 need 30 minutes of tummy time as well as lots of interactive play throughout the day. Try keeping screen time to under 1 hour a day for kids 3-5 and no screen time for toddlers and babies under 2 (except video chatting).
Remember, getting enough
sleep is also important for all children (and adults too!).
Changes to mealtime and cooking habits might take some getting used to – like availability of ingredients, access to groceries and fresh food, and more time spent cooking at home. Explore our expert tips for
rethinking healthy eating habits during this time of change.
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