It is hard to find the motivation to get up and workout. It is especially hard if you are trying to lose weight or struggling with additional stress related to your health. And in this situation that the world is in, it seems many routines are on standby.
Working out – as going to the gym would mean being in contact with other people is not an essential thing to do if one wants to be safe from the virus. One can of course do home workouts and that’s fine, but it could get boring at times. Now, there are several simple things you can do to help stay fit and encourage a healthier, happier you despite lockdown and restrictions. Here’s some:
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Try a New Hobby
One of the easiest ways to stay fit is to find a hobby that keeps you active. Hiking, running, rollerblading, biking and power walking are all great activities to keep you in shape (with special precautions to stay safe and regarding government protocols).
You might even try picking up a sport or joining a dance class (even online). When you’re doing an activity you enjoy that isn’t done with the sole intention of working out, it becomes more fun and easier to do. You will find yourself looking forward to the activity instead of dreading it. Much like Brendan Wetzel pursues the outdoors by hiking and golfing, it is important for you to always make time for your hobbies that keep you active.
Choose Your Food
We know that sugar is not good for our body – and all sugars are carbohydrates. Studies show that cutting food high in these gives your body good benefits.
Fructose is technically still sugar, so include specific fruit and vegetables in your and your kids’ diet for the supply of particular vitamins and minerals. Berries are mostly recommended as non high-carb fruits along with green vegetables that grow above ground. Include meat and eggs in your daily food intake to fuel your daily activities.
Try Home Exercises
If your hobbies do not revolve around physical activities, you can look for other exercises to work into your routine. Yoga poses (not the strict spiritually-related activity) and stretching are excellent alternatives to a high-intensity workout. You can learn many poses and variations to ensure your practice is comfortable and works for your body. Stretching is not only good for physical exercise but also great for mental health.
We know that exercise improves blood flow, builds muscles and reduces stress. Even 100 squats a day can do wonders for your body. By encouraging steady discipline and conscious breathing in your practice, you will learn to develop a greater and healthier connection between your mind and body.
Staying active becomes a much harder task when you are tired or sleep-deprived. In order to ensure you can stay active and be healthy, you will need to get a proper night’s sleep. Studies typically recommend about seven to eight hours of sleep each night for optimal health. Lights and screens like your phone and computer keep your eyes awake and strained. This makes it especially hard to go to sleep at night. Try putting away your electronics thirty minutes to one hour before bed. You can try meditating, reading or journaling to get yourself ready for sleep instead of stimulating your mind with electronics and constant scrolling.
Taking good care of your mental health is extremely important in staying physically fit. It might be hard to get yourself started on a workout, but it’s that much harder when your mindset is negative. Understanding your emotions will help you maintain a more positive mindset behind your workouts. Avoid becoming your own worst enemy.
Sometimes working, with a therapist can help you understand difficult emotions and sort through any rough patches you come across. By sorting through difficult emotions in a productive and healthy manner, you can bring your workouts to the next level and see the most long-lasting success.
Tips for Staying Fit While on Lockdown Takeaways
Staying fit is more than a workout routine. You should put into account the food you consume, and make choices of what’s best for your body and what’s not needed. Sleep is another factor that you have to include. The body heals while one is asleep and your sleep pattern does say a lot about your health.
While it’s important to work out and set goals, you also want to stay flexible to account for unexpected challenges along the way. By practicing these tips to stay healthy, you can keep your workout routine consistent and well-rounded.