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How to Keep Active & Healthy While You're Self-isolating

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
Writing for pleasure to showcase the best Australia has on offer.
Published March 25th 2020
Confined to home? Be active at home with healthy tips
Although currently on leave, I have put meaningful thought into what I could do in the event I was sent home from work indefinitely. If you can work from home, that's great, however, for many, that is not the case and the uncertainty of the economy's recovery may have detrimental pressures on your mental state. The key is to keep the mind and body busy and active.

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Stock the Pantry for Weeks Ahead (Author's Photo)

As much as it is a tedious task, the routine chores of cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, pantry and refrigerator shelves are always something that needs attending to, however, you may think it is about time to declutter the linen and laundry cupboards; the over-crowded wardrobe is something you can no longer put on hold. Someone's trash is always someone's treasure, so while we are waiting for markets to get back up and running, start stacking the clothes, shoes, books and children's toys in readiness for making some money later on or simply pack up a few boxes and bags to take to your local secondhand shop.

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Time for Weeding, Clean the Gardens (Author's Photo)

If you are a gardener, weeding and pruning is a never-ending job, but takes up plenty of time and gives achievement once done. Why not pot up some extra plants to give to neighbours and friends for the kindness they have shown you in this time of need? Money may not be coming in as quickly as you like, but a gift from the garden bed is well worthwhile. Plants are great birthday and new home presents as well.

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Pot Up Excess Plants for Gifts (Author's Photo)

Another great idea is to share the produce in your garden; you may have an abundant supply of herbs and vegetables, where your neighbour may have plenty of citrus and passionfruit. These can be left at the front door of your neighbours' home; contact is not necessary.

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Share The Vegetables & Herbs with Neighbours (Author's Photo)

For ages now, I have been chopping up all my vegetables, fruit skins, egg and prawn shells etc in a food processor and digging them into the garden. Just by using this process, you can eliminate the breakdown process because the scraps are already in minute pieces and the worms love it. If you haven't a garden, don't worry, you can dig a small hole in the backyard or under a tree for the earth's nourishment and remember to cover well with dirt.

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Kitchen Scraps Make Healthy Gardens (Author's Photo)

Reading is a great pastime where knowledge is gained, and imagination is grown through the author's storyline. Those who are technically aware, can read from a tablet or laptop where sourcing novels online can be achieved. Although catching up on TV series and movies is a great pastime, don't be a couch potato and spend all day there.

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Read a Book or Crossword (Author's Photo)

There are plenty of apps these days that can provide lessons for yoga and meditation, both of which provide clarity of mind. For meditation, five or ten minutes a day sitting in a quiet space or in the backyard concentrating on your breath going in and out will lead you into a comfortable and peaceful place. Yoga's gentle exercises will keep you mobile and flexible.

The nursery rhyme tells us "the cow can jump over the moon", however, some weeks I'm sure the cow would have trouble jumping over my ironing and as frustrating it is to get into it, once done, it feels great! So, turn on your favourite music or watch TV while doing the ironing. Of course, if you are watching calories, the following list can assist you.

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Ironing, a dutiful friend, always waiting (Author's Photo)

Ironing for one hour can burn 148 calories
Heavy yard work, example landscaping, moving rocks can burn 400 to 600 calories per hour
Raking and bagging leaves burn 350-450 calories per hour
Pulling weeks, planting etc. - burn 200-400 calories per hour
Mowing lawn burn 250-350 calories per hour
Cooking burn 150 calories (although I may question that on hot summer nights)
Putting groceries away burn 150 calories
Housework on average burn 602 calories

There is always something to do if you own a house or live in a flat. Even walking around the yard, hanging out the washing or calling a friend will pass the time for you. I am sure you will have other ideas I have not thought of here.
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Your Comment
As my wise mum always said: if you own a house and a garden, your work is never done.
by May Cross (score: 3|8225) 1038 days ago
Each day set yourself a task to tidy and/or clean one cupboard or one room.
Then see how much better it looks. For items you no longer want , try to think of another use for them or someone who needs them.
by junea (score: 2|202) 1036 days ago
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