During this current climate of uncertainty, anxiousness and at times confusion we must remember not to neglect our health.

It’s the one area that we can control right now, and it will play a crucial role in helping us get through all this. Remember, looking after your health doesn’t stop with just the physical aspect but also includes looking after your mental health and wellbeing.

Richard Kerrigan is a personal trainer, chef and nutrition coach. He suggests several small and simple changes you can make or put in place right now that won’t disrupt your week but will ensure you are giving yourself the best chance of staying healthy and maintaining a strong and positive state of mind.

  1. Look after your mental wellbeing

You may put your kids first always, but through these difficult times, make sure you are putting time aside for yourself and your mental wellbeing, because it’s essential. Take some time out to get lost in a good book, meditate or practice some breath work techniques, go for a long walk or sit in the sun and do absolutely nothing. All of these things can help to lift your mood and improve your mindset and outlook.

  1. Move with your kids first thing in the morning

I’m talking even before breakfast. Get out there, get your body moving and start your day with a positive state of mind. Teaching your kids these healthy habits will have a huge effect on them and you because if they’re healthy, you’re happy right?!

  1. Prepare nutrient dense meals

While it may be a little tough to get your hands-on long-life food items right now, fresh produce is actually the area you want to be focusing on. Just because it’s fresh doesn’t mean you’ve only got a few days to eat it. Cooking nutritious soups, hearty stews, and tasty pasta sauces will all freeze really well, so spend a few hours over the weekend and start creating some delicious dishes. Get the kids involved and educate them about the importance of eating healthy food. This is how I first became interested in food and I’m forever grateful mum took the time to teach me.

  1. Be mindful of your calories

You’ll have to excuse me for stating the obvious here, but we aren’t moving as much as we were before all of this started. Now more than ever, we need to ensure we are keeping an eye on the number of calories we are consuming. It can be as simple as eating a little more on the days you complete vigorous exercise and a little less on the days you don’t.

  1. Workout 3-4 times a week

You can have a really great workout in just 20 minutes from the comfort of your own and with no equipment. You may want this to be some ‘you’ time but if not get the kids involved, they will love it. Bodyweight exercises can be extremely effective, and you can make the session more challenging by adding more exercises in, slowing down the speed of the exercise or reducing your rest time. Put health right at the top of your to do list, stay positive and remember to keep it simple, stay consistent, and we will get through this!

Richard Kerrigan is a PT, Chef and nutrition coach, dedicated to helping everyday Aussies find a sustainable path to living. Follow @richardkerrigan_on Instagram where he will be taking you through regular live ‘at home’ workouts, cook alongs and sharing exercise videos and mental health tips to help you stay on track from home.

How are you feeling about your health right now? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • I am in the best place that I have been for perhaps 20 years.
    Mentally and Emotionally I feel loved and cared for. Physically I am getting more exercise and have lost 20kg.


  • Great tips and thanks for your post. I am coping with what life is dishing up.


  • Some great tips. Thanks for sharing.


  • I’m doing ok, its for the greater good and its not forever


  • All good tips


  • Not feeling great at the moment. We have also just moved house… far away from our original home so everything is different, unfamiliar and overwhelming. So I fully appreciate and understand what needs to be done, but am also being kind to myself about what we’re going through.


  • Some great suggestions here.


  • All very wise tips…its certainly a struggle some days in ISO, especially, when you don’t need to dress up to go anywhere…


  • all very good tips


  • This is so timely. I feel like I’ve packed on the weight!!! Even though I walk the dog everyday and always have I’m putting so much more food in my mouth and we’ve been baking like demons so not the healthiest of snacks. I like the idea of moving first thing in the morning – sets the mind space and tone for the day


  • Good tips…i need to start exercising


  • I am trying to keep sane and maintain a good balance with things.


  • Some great tips for this difficult time we are all going through.


  • All great tips


  • Good at the moment


  • Trying to balance work kids and exercise is difficult but possible needs planning


  • It is easy to try and commit to doing exercise 3-4 days a week, but working from home while entertaining 3 kids and keeping the house clean and tidy (while everyone is constantly messing it) is absolutely exhausting.


  • we’re running on our 5th week of wfh and made a conscious effort to be healthy. i start my routine by waking at 6am, checking work emails, do some stretching and exercise to pump the heart say 10 mins, prep a healthy brekky say avo and egg toast topped with sesame seeds and take the essential vitaminC. every start of the week, i have lunch meal plans making sure we eat enough veggies. my partner got us a 4kg kettle bell, a yoga mat and a rower since gym and pools were closed off. coffee breaks we do a disney jigsaw puzzle. on weekends we connect with relatives back in the Phils. guess we are doing great :)


  • I haven’t trained at all really need to get back into it


  • Some good suggestions.


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