As the world quickly changes, it’s never been more important to look after your health and wellbeing.
In just a few weeks, Covid-19 has hit nearly every corner of the globe. Changing the lives of people in ways that previously seemed impossible. Now, as schools prepare to close, more and more of us begin to work from home, and social gatherings are strongly discouraged, we are all getting ready to spend significant periods of time at home. But what does this mean for our health? And I don’t just mean physical. Our mental and emotional wellbeing is also going to be challenged in brand-new ways. As we approach a period of weeks (or months) that feel unlike anything that has come before, I think it’s important to make sure we all practice a little self-love and care. Here’s my advice on how to stay healthy at home during this tough time.
Get Some Sunlight
Whether you’re spending time in your garden, on your balcony, or taking long walks in a quiet part of your town or city, it’s really important that you do spend some time outdoors – while making sure you aren’t breaching advice on social gatherings. Sunlight helps our bodies to produce vitamin D which is essential in a huge range of functions, including keeping skin, bones, and teeth healthy. Sunlight also helps to support good mental health by boosting the production of serotonin – a brain chemical that is directly linked to mood.
It can be tempting to throw all your good food intentions into the bin. But making sure your body has everything it needs is more important now than ever before. Wherever possible try to focus your diet around lean proteins, colourful fruit and veg, wholewheat grains, and healthy fats. If you’re worried about the availability of fresh produce, now is a good time to prep and freeze veggies and healthy meals. Stress eating and binging may make you feel good in the very short term, but it’s going to leave you feeling lethargic, unmotivated, and anxious in the long run.
Ok, you can’t get to the gym but that doesn’t mean exercise is off the table. A home workout can help to give your day a sense of structure and help to keep you fit and healthy as your daily activity levels naturally reduce. There are several quick and easy home workout ideas you can explore in our previous blogs and literally millions of YouTube workouts to try. Give something new a go and expand your fitness horizons, all from the comfort of your living room.
Give Yourself a Break
It’s normal to feel anxious and worried right now. Everyone is going to have bad days. Everyone is going to struggle. Be kind to yourself and remember you are not alone. Reach out to friends and family virtually, whenever you can, and indulge in the small things that make you happy.
I hope you all stay safe and healthy through these next difficult weeks and months. I might not be in your inbox as regularly from now on as I work hard to maintain FitFusion PT through this testing time. But I’ll be thinking of you guys and your families as we all work together to protect the most vulnerable in our communities from this disease. Until next time, stay amazing.