Having A Healthy Lifestyle ft. Scola Dondo | Voice Box | Childline
Shilpa: Hi I'm ShilpaScola: Hi I'm Scola Shilpa: And today we're talking about stayinghealthy.
Shilpa: How has exercise and being healthyimpacted your life? Scola: I'm just so much more of a happierperson.
I think I used to be quite quiet and just a little bit like, bleurgh and now Ifeel like I'm a lot more, like 'wooo!'.
You don't have to put in that much work to getresults.
It's little changes here and there.
Shilpa: And that can have a really long termbenefit.
Scola: A lot of my friends who thought theywere healthy just cos they were, like, skinnier when they were younger, now when they're gettingolder they're gaining weight or they're getting problems.
Shilpa: What impact do you think body size has? Scola: You need to forget about 'this is what being healthy looks like', because you canbe ripped and look like you have all the muscle and you could be doing super unhealthy thingswith your body.
It's down to your lifestyle and what you do.
Shilpa: And how often should we exercise if we want to stay healthy? Scola: If you can, maybe, like, three times a week.
Like, 15 / 30 minutes of doing anexercise.
Shilpa: For some young people it might behard to, like, get a gym membership or y'know go to classes and things like that.
Are thereany other things you think you can do, like on a budget?Scola: There's so much you can do.
You can literally just go running outdoors which isawesome.
You can like lift tins of beans inyour room.
Scola: Exactly! You have loads of water bottles?Just lift it, you got your workout.
Shilpa: I've seen that you do some reallyfun things like exercise and dancing.
Scola: It's just letting go and having somuch fun.
In your room just like move your body really vigorously for like 30 minutes.
You're done! Shilpa: What sort of things do you think youcan do if you're finding exercise really difficult? Scola: It's just finding ways to fit it into your day to day life like if you're on your way home from school, walk the longerroute even if you don't want to, just get it in then and an after school club, a sportsclub or something, like once or twice a week.
Shilpa: What are the watchouts for young peoplethat want to get into weights? Scola: You are still growing and some exercisescan be a little bit hard on your body or could y'know disrupt the growth.
You can start strengthtraining, it's just seeking out the right and correct advice before just going mad andjust lifting up like 100kg and then breaking your back.
Shilpa: If you do have a disability or you have restricted mobility things like cardiovascular exercises, chair exercises.
Scola: There are so many different ways tobe active even if you are a little bit restricted.
Don't let anything stop you.
Shilpa: With things like eating well, the things that you eat need to be balanced.
Scola: Protein, carbs and fats and you wanna make sure you have a balance of all of them.
Having carbs is so good for you and your body needs it.
It's one of your essential micro-nutrients.
Do not stop eating your fruits and vegetables – even if you don't like them just find theones you do like and eat as much of those as possible.
If you do have any dietary requirements;you're a vegetarian; you're vegan or something like that, it's just about doing the researchfor you and finding what you need but it is totally possible to get all the nutrientsyou need, no matter what your requirements are.
Shilpa: A lot of people feel like being healthy means limiting their calorie intake.
Scola: I mean for some people the numbers can just mess you up and it can get a littlebit much.
It's about what you're eating, not how much you're eating.
Don't cut anythingout; don't reduce something a crazy amount; just have everything in a good balance andyou should be fine.
Shilpa: There can be a stage where healthyeating or healthy living can crossover into, I suppose, obsession.
Scola: If this lifestyle of trying to be healthier is actually stressing you out and making youfeel anxious and upset, then probably something has gone wrong because it should be somethingthat's so fun.
I think it's just about being very self-aware about what you're doing andwhether you're happy or not.
Shilpa: And that's great advice – and youcan always talk to a ChildLine counsellor as well.
Do you find you feel different whenyou've had a good night's sleep and does that affect.
Oh yeah! That is when your body goes to work.
That's when your body.
Yeah, exercise is just so good forsleep.
Shilpa: That combination of exercise and thengetting more sleep can really help you.
Scola: It's just a much more restful sleep.
Shilpa: As far as exercise and diet goes you can do as much or as little as you want really.
Scola: I think it's up to you to figure out your happy balance.
It's about you being thehealthiest and happiest you can be in yourself and deciding what that is for you.
Shilpa: And now we want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below, what tipsdo you have for staying healthy? And if you want more information there are links in thedescription too.
Thank you so much for coming in Scola, you've been brilliant!Scola: Thank you for having me! Shilpa: We'll see you next week.