3 key recommendations for staying healthy at home

Now that staying at home is the new normal, monitoring your health at home has become more important than ever. Since visiting GPs is now only recommended when it’s a necessity, get to know your health inside-out without leaving the house.

Read on to learn our 3 key recommendations for staying healthy at home.

Monitor your blood pressure

Blood pressure is the strength with which your blood pushes against your arteries as it’s pumped around your body. Your blood pressure is represented with two numbers, called systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. The first number (systolic pressure) is the pressure inside of your artery when your heart is contracting to pump blood. Diastolic pressure (the second number) represents the pressure when your heart is resting between beats.

Normal blood pressure lies between 90/60mm Hg and 120/80mm Hg. If your blood pressure is above 140/90mm Hg, it’s considered to be high blood pressure. High blood pressure can put a strain on your organs, which could increase your risk of suffering from a heart attack or a stroke. On the other hand, low blood pressure can cause dizziness and fainting.

Basically, higher numbers mean your heart is working harder to pump your blood around your body. This can be because you're stressed or scared. Monitoring your blood pressure at home can actually provide more accurate results than checking your blood pressure with your GP, as you will be under less pressure and, therefore, less anxious.

In order to monitor your blood pressure at home, you’ll need a blood pressure monitor. Marsden’s blood pressure monitor has simple to use features and clear, precise results. It also has a memory feature, so that you can compare your results over time.

Keep an eye on your body temperature

An increase in temperature is a clear symptom for many viruses; this is a sign of the body’s defence mechanisms activating. Keeping an eye on yours and your family’s temperature is a vital part of staying in and staying healthy.

A normal body temperature is approximately 37°C, but this will change by about 0.6°C throughout the day depending on your activity level and the time of the day. A temperature above 38°C would be considered a high body temperature and could be signs of a fever.

There are a multitude of ways to track body temperature, including ear thermometers, strip-type thermometers and digital thermometers. Digital thermometers are the most accurate and can easily take your temperature from the armpit, forehead or mouth.

For added protection, our digital thermometer is infrared, meaning that no contact is required for the thermometer to work. This reduces the spread of bacteria, while still providing accurate results.

If your body temperature is higher than normal, the Government recommendation is to self isolate immediately. We have, a variety of scales available in our home health section, from bathroom scales to professional GP floor scales.

Track your body weight

Tracking the weight of yourself and your children is a great way to monitor your health, without visiting the doctor. As obesity can increase the risk of developing long-term conditions, it’s important to keep an eye on your weight. By doing so, you will be able to see your results over time. This can enable you to see patterns that are affecting your weight gain, or loss, which can help you to improve your results.

Remember to weigh yourself at the same time every weigh-in, as well as weighing yourself in minimal clothing. If you’re unsure of how often to weigh yourself, take a look at this blog post that compares the different recommended weighing schedules and the benefits and drawbacks of each.

The govenment has now also warned that anyone who is considered obese (has a BMI above 40) is at a higher risk. Our Ultimate Guide to calculating BMI that compares the different recommended weighing schedules and the benefits and drawbacks of each. looks into how you can accurately calculate your BMI. Alternatively, many of our gym and fitness scales offer a BMI function. Plus, if you’re missing the gym, our body composition scales offer a clearer picture of health than regular floor scales.

It is important to weigh your baby regularly after birth as steady weight gain is a clear sign that your baby is healthy and feeding well. A baby should be weighed once a month up to 6 months of age then once every 2 months up to a year. Our home health section also contains baby scales. This is so you can monitor your baby’s weight at home, without having to visit your GP or be visited by a midwife/head visitor.

Further Reading

When keeping track of your child’s weight, it’s not always clear what is a good weight. Our ‘how much should my toddler weigh?’ blog post helps clear up the confusion..

“Britain is losing its battle against the bulge”, according to the express. Find out why the NHS is so keen to reduce the obesity crisis. .

We’ve released our Ultimate Guide to Calculating BMI, to help you keep track of your health.

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