Today is World Health Day, presented by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is a global awareness day that provides the opportunity to focus on a particular health problem or issue that deserves special attention.

The campaign theme of World Health Day this year is nurses and midwives. Therefore, we would like to honour the work of nurses, midwives, doctors and other members of the healthcare sector for the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. These workers are at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing them support is crucial. The easiest way to do this is by simply staying at home. Encourage yourself, and others to do the same.

There are plenty of ways to keep fit, healthy and busy at home. Just to prove it to you, we asked our Buddies what they’re currently doing to stay healthy during these difficult times. Have a look!

“I do online pilates, yoga and cardio classes which is keeping me fitter than usual since I cannot go anywhere and they are keeping me sane!” – Elizabeth

Functional training with resistance bands, stretching and walking around the complex.” – Mikhail

www.darebee.com is a free health and fitness resource. They offer advice on diet, health in general and they have many exercise programs. They are the resource I use the most.” – Leana

“I put on my earplugs & iPod and dance.” – Zita

I have been doing my 6km run during the week, walking my dog on the other days, being out in the garden and this coming week going to try some of Joe Wick’s HIIT YouTube sessions- he is awesome! I am a normally at the gym 4 times a week and finding it tough not being there- but it’s really great to be training outside, once a day and of course, keeping my distance!” – Tammy

“I have a 3 year old. We go for walks. Wait, sorry – he rides his bike and I run after him!” – Elaine

“I have learned about many new things that keep the lungs and respiratory system cleansed and purified. I have been drinking lots of hot teas and hot soups. I have learned a lot about the benefits of radishes, watercress and anise[CS2] . These three have very powerful positive benefits. Food is so important to me. I believe in rich nutrient dense foods.” – Marc

“I am trying to keep my immune system strong and healthy by having lemon, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon in a cup of hot water in the mornings. Opening windows for fresh air and being in the sun is also very good for a person.” – Mercedes

“Normally, I only use the trampoline on rainy days, but during the lock-down, I use it daily. Also, as crazy as this might sound, I rollerblade around the house. Bear in mind though, that I don’t do both activities simultaneously.”Michael

“Every morning after waking up and praying, I do some stretches, followed by a bowl of fruit. Other physical things I do daily are playing with my 11 pets, gardening and household chores. Also, with our lockdown, I’ve also seriously upped my culinary skillset… I’m baking and cooking all sorts of things, much to the delight of my neighbours.” – Quinton

“We have an indoor trainer! This has helped so much!”Emily

Taking all of these wonderful tips into account, please make sure to look after yourself during this time period. We know how stressful it can get. Therefore, in honour of World Health Day, we want to remind you how important it is to take care of your physical and mental wellbeing. Remember, health is wealth!

If you require extra support regarding the coronavirus, you can email covid-19@iqbar.co.uk

So, what will you do for World Health Day? Take your dog for a walk? Do some meditation? Cook up a meal filled with your favourite greens? We’d love to hear your thoughts on our social media! https://www.facebook.com/IQBarEducation/