As new COVID-19 cases continue to emerge, citizens are still being encouraged to stay home as much as possible to flatten the curve. Spending this much time at home has become the new normal and while this transition may have come easily for some, as the weeks and months stretch on, you may be getting restless and beginning to crave a sense of normalcy. Staying at home for prolonged periods of time can pose a significant challenge for physical activity, especially with fitness centers remaining closed in some areas. This is a problem because sedentary behavior can have negative effects on individual’s physical health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life – as if the pandemic wasn’t already stressful enough! Luckily, we have compiled a list of strategies that may help you stay healthy and sane during this difficult time.
Since you may be more sedentary than normal you might not feel the need to drink as much water. However, adequate fluid intake is imperative for keeping your body healthy and giving your immune system the ability to fight off infections. Try keeping a reusable water bottle with you and sipping throughout the day or consider drinking a glass of water before each meal. If you just can’t seem to get excited about drinking water, add some flavor to it with slices of lemon or cucumber. Staying hydrated will not only keep you healthy, but may also keep you energized throughout the day, especially if working from home is putting you to sleep!
It’s not as easy to shop for groceries these days and it may feel easier to buy unhealthy processed food with a longer shelf life. However, just like staying hydrated, good nutrition is crucial for health, especially at times when the immune system may need to fight back. In order to avoid making unhealthy purchases, plan your meals in advance and a make a list to bring with you to the store. This will ensure that you stick to a healthy diet while also reducing the time you spend wandering around the store, where you may risk getting sick. Additionally, if you’re trying to save money, look for in-season produce and on sale items.
Just a few short breaks a day can easily help you meet your weekly physical activity recommendations. The CDC recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. During your breaks throughout the day, you can work to meet this goal by taking a brisk walk or doing chores such as cleaning your house and doing laundry. Your breaks will be even more effective if they involve getting outside, as some studies suggest that getting outside in the sunlight can have a positive effect on your mood as well as your concentration levels.
Nowadays, it’s the norm to feel stressed, and all the tension we hold in our bodies can have a negative affect on our health over time. Stretching may help to alleviate some of this tension. Additionally, stretching may help to improve your posture and prevent neck pain, which you’re likely to be experiencing if you’re working from home and staring at a computer all day. As a bonus, deep breathing comes naturally with stretching. Taking deep inhales and exhales may also help alleviate stress and ground you. If you’re looking to achieve a calmer emotional state, this may be the key you’re searching for.
Just because your daily activities have slowed down, doesn’t mean your fitness progress has to! There are hundreds of workouts out there that you can do at home, without any equipment. There are even a number of great workouts on our blog that you can complete at home! However, if you’re a group fitness junkie who struggles to work out alone, try live streaming a yoga class or taking a socially distanced walk with a friend. Staying active is more important now than ever before in order to release stress and reduce sedentary behavior.
Due to social distancing associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are spending more time at home and sharing more meals together. Cooking meals together is a fun way to pass the time and also a great opportunity for parents to model healthy eating habits for their kids. Some studies suggest that cooking dinner frequently at home is associated with consumption of a healthier diet. Additionally, eating home cooked meals can cut down on the consumption of processed food, and may result in higher energy levels, elevated mood, and better mental health!
Spending more time at home means having unlimited access to your kitchen, resulting in an increase in mindless snacking. Although your schedule may be different now, that doesn’t mean your eating habits should be. Sticking to your normal eating habits may help to make your days feel more structured and reduce anxiety during such an unpredictable time. However, this is not to say that all snacking is bad. If you’re hungry between meals, then by all means have a snack! Just make sure that your snacks are nutritious and satisfying such as yogurt, veggies and hummus, or a piece of fruit. These types of snacks are nutritionally balanced and take longer to digest, which means you’ll feel fuller longer and won’t keep running to the kitchen for more.
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