Keeping active is one of the most important things you can do each day to maintain and improve your physical and mental health.

Try these top tips from Angela Middleton MBE to help you stay physically and mentally strong:

  1. Nutrition

Although exercise is hugely important in order to lose weight and become fitter, the food and drinks you are consuming are the key, therefore looking closely at your food and energy intake is needed.

If you are not sure what you are consuming, or what you ought to be consuming then start to look at your calories. This is made easy with apps such as MyFitnessPal. Recording what you are eating on a daily basis will allow you to see the number of calories you are consuming and from there you will know what your body needs.

Water is also key. It is important to drink lots water in order to flush your body and get the digestive working properly and I would strongly suggest drinking 2 litres of water each day. Combining your daily water intake with ensuring you are consistent with the food and drink you are consuming will have a much greater impact when it comes to exercising.

  1. Exercise

Focusing on your daily movement is important, whether that be walking or running it is vital that you are keeping your body active and moving. You should be aiming for 10k steps every day (which is easily recorded with the Apple health app) to which you will then notice a huge rise in increase of your energy expenditure, which will help with your fitness goals.

With the majority of us is quarantine, many will not have access to gym equipment. The good news is you don’t need the equipment in order to put your muscles under resistance. Right now, there are various personal trainers across YouTube and Instagram showcasing a wide variety of exercises you can implement into your workouts in order to keep active and achieve your body goals.

It is vital that you ensure you are consistent and keep motivated, therefore have clear habits and be sure to set yourself goals you are able to measure and monitor.

  1. Rest

We have become more and more aware of the importance of rest. Previous perceptions of resting were maybe looked at as not too important however now we have realised it is very crucial for, not only building yourself physically but also to enable your mental health to be in its best possible state.

Rest is all about recuperation and I would highly recommend downloading and using the Sleep Cycle App. The app records information such as when you go to sleep, when your waking up and much more, all whilst monitoring your cycle and quality of sleep. Overtime you’ll start to see a pattern and from there can start to understand more clearly what your body needs.

Eating good quality carbs at night, keeping hydrated and drinking tea with velarium in will help you to take sleeping much more seriously and ensure you able to operate at your prime throughout the day.

  1. Meditation

Meditation is all about making the mind and body connection. This is done by closing your eyes and focusing solely on your breathing to allow you to train in awareness and gain a healthy sense of perspective. Meditation can be used to calm your heart rate, which is key if there are moments in which you feel anxious or feel you overreact to certain situations.

Personally, I would suggest aiming to meditate as soon as you wake up but of course it suits people differently. If you find a time meditating suits you and make it a real part of your daily routine you will find it will start to help you with creativity, staying calm and feeling positive.

  1. Relationships

In any relationship whether that be with a colleague, a family member or someone you have recently met you will always come away with either a positive impact or a negative impact.

I tend to look at people as batteries and decide to myself whether one is a drainer or a booster, will they have a positive impact on me, or a negative? And from there try to surround myself with those who boost me and push myself to do better.

You cannot always surround yourself with boosters, however, if you go into the situation thinking this interaction is here to build this relationship, positives will come from it.

It is important to take control and always try to be a booster yourself – you can transform any relationship into a mutually boosting one.