With health and wellness being so crucial to our progression back to the “new normal,” staying fit and trim has never been more important. But with gyms and parks on lockdown, sedentary lifestyles are becoming more and more prevalent. We no longer have to walk up our office stairs to get to and from work– instead, many sit at their dining room table for eight hours, then move to the couch to watch TV. To some, staying in shape seems near-impossible.
Keeping some semblance of a routine is not only key to your mental health, but physical health. If you exercised three times a week, keep doing that. There are things everyone can do to keep fit and trim during the pandemic.
Without the ability to go to a gym, it is possible you aren’t able to get the same intensity workout at home. This makes calorie counting an important resource for maintaining, or losing, weight. Be conscious of your calorie intake versus calories burned and make conscious decisions about the food you are eating. Consider downloading a calorie counting app, as many even break down the nutritional values of what you’re eating so you have a better understanding of whether or not you’re eating a balanced diet.
Hydration is crucial to keeping healthy. Water helps our bodies function normally, and it is zero calories. By increasing the amount of water you drink in a day, you will reap several benefits. Drinking more water has been shown to increase the amount of calories burned at rest, and it also fills you up so you eat smaller portions.
Try indoor exercises
There are a vast number of exercises you can do from the comfort of your home without any expensive equipment. Body weight exercises require nothing but your body. Sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, planks, and more are perfect for staying in shape. You could also try putting a chair in front of the television to do stair-steps. Push aside some furniture to jump rope. Get creative and feel the burn.
Follow an online exercise program
For those who took an exercise class or had a trainer, sometimes figuring out an exercise program is difficult. To get a guided workout in, there are plenty of DVDs and workout programs to purchase, but there are also totally free YouTube channels that provide hundreds of videos for your workout of choice.
BONUS TIPS: On top of maintaining one’s level of fitness, you need to do what you can to stay healthy. Keep in mind these key things to stay safe and healthy during a pandemic.
Regularly wash your hands
Remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds after going to the store or coming in contact with someone you don’t live with. Pay attention to the backs of your hands, your knuckles, and in between your fingers as well as your palms. If, for some reason, you cannot immediately wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
Practice social distancing
If you must be around other due to work requirements or other extenuating circumstances, keep a minimum of six feet between yourself and others. This distance should help you avoid the droplets sprayed by someone if they cough or sneeze, which could carry the virus and get you, or others sick.
The best way to keep healthy is the same as it always has been: treat your body right. In these uncertain times, give your body a little extra attention and love, because it deserves it.
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