The global pandemic may have brought the world down to its knees but this is no excuse to ignore your health simply because you cannot go outside. Social distancing norms and lockdowns have made gyms and fitness centers inaccessible no doubt, but there are hundreds of things that you could do to ensure that you stay healthy and fit during these tough times. So what can you do to stay healthy and fit during the pandemic?
- Diet: Nutrition plays a very important role in maintaining optimal physical and mental health. Not only do you need to follow a well-balanced diet that will boost your immunity and protect you from infections, but you also need to feel satisfied after your meals. Eating out may not be an option during lockdown but you can always learn to make delicious meals at home. Home-cooked food is not only safe but healthy since you make the extra effort to ensure that your family members get all the nutrients they need to keep them healthy during these times.
- Exercise: Staying at home does not mean you have to be inactive. A sedentary lifestyle will also make you fall sick and you will become prone to various chronic ailments. Your immunity will decline and your muscles will become weak and experience loss of movement particularly if you are an elderly person. This is why, no matter what your age, you have to consciously stay active, go for walks where possible, and do some exercises at home to stay mobile. For instance, you can enroll for a Zumba or yoga class online, for cycling every morning, jog in the park outside or put on music to dance indoors.
- Sleep: It is extremely important to take adequate rest and get enough sleep at night to stay healthy. The pandemic has made us anxious and many people are losing sleep worrying about getting infected. The trick to staying healthy is to meditate, practice yoga, and make sure you get good sleep at night. Unless you sleep well, your body will lack its power to fight against the virus.
- Stress management: People are understandable anxious and stressed during these times but you need to avoid emotional eating or drinking simply because you think you cannot cope with whatever is happening around you. Stay away from processed foods, alcoholic drinks, and fast foods to satisfy your cravings and urges. Instead, indulge in good eating practices and lifestyle habits so that you can stay healthy.
- Self care: It is important to stay connected with your loved ones in these times. So, even if you may not physically be together, you should make it a point to communicate with people who your love. If you are fortunate to be with your family at home, you must use this time to engage in activities with them; this will strengthen familial bonds and keep you feeling content.
- Healthcare maintenance: If you have a preexisting medical condition, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions and take your medicines regularly. It is important to keep chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and hypertension in check as these can aggravate when you are stressed. You can communicate with doctors online to get their advice and share your concerns with them.