Staying healthy during this… we’ll call it ODD time in our lives, doesn’t have to be complicated.
It’s actually simple.
(but not easy)
Knowing your goals and your body, as well as understanding how YOUR body works is the first step.
Sure… to lose fat, get into a daily calorie deficit. Burn more calories than you take in. Don’t decrease you caloric intake, but increase expenditure thru progressive workout programming.
But that can be easier said than done.
The complicated part is knowing how YOUR body will react to certain changes in movement and nutrition. Will less carbs trigger fat burning or will you experience extreme fatigue? Will not working out for a week impact you negatively? Are your hormones affected by these changes?
Only one way to truly find out.
At this point, we’re all in adaptation mode and that can be good AND bad. It’s great because the human body is designed to adapt. The issue lies in WHAT we’re adapting to.
Here are 6 things you can do to stay healthy during the quarantine:
1. MOVE MORE
Has your routine changed in the last month?
Small things like that walk from the car to your desk add up over time. If you notice your overall physical activity has decreased, your body has already gotten the memo and has adjusted accordingly. Remedy this by scheduling some extra physical activity. Take a walk. Ride your bike. Do something your body isn’t used to. Sure the gyms are closed. That doesn’t mean you can’t workout. Find ways to get moving because isolation can turn your life into a bed-to-desk-to-couch-to-bed routine before you know it and that will cause your body to store what you eat instead of burning it for energy.
2. SNACK LESS
Lord have mercy… boredom snacking is the devil! Even I get to raiding the fridge and cabinets when I’m bored. So how can you curb this? Well, I’m an extremist at times so I took on intermittent fasting during the week. But that’s just one end of the spectrum. The biggest thing you can do do curb snacking is to STOP BUYING AS MANY SNACKS! Out of sight, out of mind. You don’t need to stock up on Twinkies like its the zombie apocalypse anyway. Fill your fridge with healthier snacks and maybe don’t buy any soda this week.
3. DRINK MORE WATER
Water is your friend. I know it can be boring, but water does a body good. When locked down, time seems to fly and next thing you know, you’ve gone the entire day without drinking any water. Make it a goad to consume at least 64oz of water daily. That’s like 8 glasses of water throughout the day. You can do that.
4. DRINK LESS ALCOHOL
With everything going on outside of our homes, it’s enough to make you wanna day drink. In fact, many people are doing exactly that. And with the above factors in place, what you used to drink can hit your body differently. If you find yourself drinking more than before, try not keeping as much in the house. That way if/when you do decide to have a drink, you can enjoy it.
5. SLEEP MORE
For some, this ain’t a problem. For others, your sleeping pattern may have been disrupted. Are you staying up later? Are you having trouble sleeping through the night? I know what’s his face said F sleep and grind, but he also looks like a corpse. Get your rest. Between 6–8 hours. If you’re like me and can’t always get that much sleep at night, take a damn nap during the day. You’re allowed to, you know. Don’t punish your body with sleep deprivation. Your body’s ability to metabolize food is slowed down when you don’t get enough sleep… then hello Mr. Bloat.
6. STRESS LESS
RELAX!!! That’s easier said than done with everything going on, but not impossible. Try logging off of social media for a few hours. Stop watching the news. Journal. Meditate (it says meditate!). Smoke a joint. Whatever you need to do for peace of mind. I know some of you are cramped up in the house with the kiddos. Look for ways to enjoy that time. Talk. Play. Read. Write. Be creative. Just do your best to curb anxiety. Find things to be grateful for.
You don’t have to let this situation get the best of you. This is a test. A test of our resilience. A test of our will power. A test of our faith. The best way to look at this all is one day at a time… what can you do TODAY? What can you do RIGHT NOW? Sure, we can worry about tomorrow if we choose to. But that’s a stressful place to live. Appreciate life above ground and make choices daily to keep it that way.
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