Staying Fit, Physically and Mentally
These are unprecedented times, but there are doable ways to stay safe and stay healthy. Here are some tips for taking care of yourself, both physically and mentally, as you remain at home.
If you hunkered down at home, take some time for self-care. Medical advice always says a balanced healthy diet, along with exercise and a good night’s sleep are the building blocks to good health. The good news is, you can accomplish that all from your apartment!
Luckily stores are still stocked and open. Comfort food can be a go-to during these times, but don’t just shop for mac and cheese, tater tots, and pop tarts. Take this time to adopt some healthy, sustainable eating habits. To avoid making a lot of trips to the supermarket, stock up for a healthy pantry with whole grains, dried beans and long-lasting vegetables like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, onions, cabbage and sturdy veggies like broccoli and brussels sprouts.
Without an overflowing social and work calendar, take this time to catch up on any sleep you’ve been missing. You can still binge-watch all the TV shows you want, but don’t let it interfere with your sleep. Try to clock those 8 hour nights.
The internet is a wonderful place to find quick and fun workouts. You can do some high energy HIIT workouts or chill out with some yoga. Try finding workouts at Virtual Vital Stretch on Facebook, on the ClassPass and or YouTube, which has an abundance. On YouTube try Popsugar, Yoga with Adriene, FitnessBlender or Daily Burn. It’s also ok to take a solitary walk around the block and get some fresh air and some steps in. Vitamin D is also important for your health and happiness, so try to get some sun, whether it’s a quick solo walk or just opening the window of your apartment.
Meditation and mindfulness have been buzzwords for the past few years and now might be a good time to try meditation with apps like Headspace, Calm or Aura. You don’t have to become an expert, but some quick breathing exercises or guided meditation have proven to be an effective and easy way to calm nerves and anxiety, especially during trying times like we have now. If you prefer a more active approach, North Seven Advantage Card retailer The Vital Stretch offers daily virtual stretching sessions live and on-demand through Facebook.
If you are staying home alone, it’s important to reach out to others. Check-in with friends and family through apps like Skype, WhatsApp, Marco Polo, Zoom or HouseParty. Supporting others and getting support in return is important during social distancing. It’s necessary to hold up our end of the deal and maintain social distance, but thankfully with these apps you don’t have to feel totally cut off from interactions with others.
It’s ok to admit that times are strange and hard, but we can do things that can make ourselves feel better. Some of us might write the next King Lear, like Shakespeare did during quarantine from the plague, some might organize every closet or drawer in their home and some might just embrace boredom. It’s all ok. We all will have different experiences of staying at home. One thing is for sure, we should do our best to practice self-care and follow some of these tips to stay fit both mentally and physically during this pandemic.