The pandemic has been a lesson in adjustment for both the old and the young alike. The youngest needs to keep fit to maintain their immunity against the virus or avoid getting it. Even the old needs to keep fit too, but it may be a tad bit too difficult for them for various reasons.
Navigating the different conditions bought about by the COVID-19 virus isn’t that easy; there are people with jobs to keep even if they have been laid off or are currently working from home. If you’re an air conditioning engineer, the chances are that there have been changes in how you complete your work. It’s been that way, and there are obviously changes in how people keep their fitness levels.
Most of the exercises that can be done should be completed within the confines of your own home. Here are a few tips for keeping fit, from the food you should eat to the activities to keep yourself active.
Eat and Cook Healthy Food
The first part of getting better is eating better. You may have neglected your sugar and cholesterol intake, but it’s never too late to start eating healthier. Aside from the many obvious benefits to your health, eating healthier also helps you become more active during the day, not to mention feel better as you feel like you’re getting healthier.
That doesn’t mean you should stay away from pizza and other food you can share with your family. You should eat these in moderation. During the pandemic, you can share it among the family for a bit of bonding time.
Get Moving—Move Your Body Whenever You Can
Exercise has a lot of benefits not only for the body but for the mind as well. Even only ten minutes of vigorous movement can help your body by burning calories. It can also help you feel more productive and focused on work as it reduces stress and gets you off your home office chair.
While sheltering in place, you may feel a little cramped and out of options on what exercises to do. Given that limited space, there are still little movements you can do to get your heart racing. When on a conference call, you can go solely on voice while doing lunges and a few squats to get your blood pumping.
Communication Helps a Lot
People are built as social animals. Even the most introverted introvert needs to talk with someone every once in a while. Humans need communication, especially at a time like this when you’re away from other relatives and friends. Following physical distancing is ideal, but that doesn’t mean you should also stay away virtually.
Video conferencing services have gotten better during the pandemic. Don’t only use it for office purposes; it’s there on your PC or laptop for a reason. Check on your loved ones, and don’t be a stranger to your friends during the pandemic.
Change Is Inevitable; Embrace It
Some people are afraid of change. That’s why there’s a lot of stressed-out individuals during the pandemic. Studies show, however, that it all depends on one’s perspective. If you only look for the negative outcomes of the pandemic, then that’s all you’ll ever see.
Learn to look for the positives in every situation, not just during the lockdown. There are obviously negatives during this situation, and it’s not hard to see. It’s also an exercise in motivation when you’re looking for positives, even at a time like this, when things are largely unsure, and the unprecedented times cause uncertainty.
Frozen Is Best During the Pandemic
The best way to stay fit is to shelter in place, safe from places where the virus might be easily passed on, like in markets. If you must go for your weekly groceries, then learn to look for food that won’t spoil immediately. This is where frozen meat and produce reign over fresher counterparts.
They may not be healthy, but even canned or dried options are bought because of how long they last. You don’t have to go to the market often if you’ve got frozen or canned options available. You also keep your loved ones at home safe from contracting the virus using this method.
The pandemic has forced us to re-think every way of staying healthy—even exercising and staying healthy. The best way to stay healthy right now is to stay away from large crowds, but you should also make the best of the situation. Exercising while at home helps you catch up on your cardio if you’ve neglected it pre-pandemic.