Well, it looks like Covid-19 is not going away anytime soon. If you’ve been stuck at home for days on end, you might be feeling a little lethargic and wondering how in the world you’re going to survive this? There are several health and fitness myths that pop up time and time again. Their time has long passed and these myths are not only confusing, but they are downright harmful. But being active is a great way to start.
With Covid-19, keeping a healthy lifestyle is now more essential than ever. Being active is known to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally. Studies have shown that being fit boosts our immune systems and improves our body's ability to fight off germs. Aside from the fact that you could lose weight along the way, regular exercise is also known to increase energy levels and produce positive feelings as it triggers the release of mood-raising endorphins.
Here are our top 7 tips on staying active and keeping fit while at home:
Take a walk
Human beings are generally not great with being sedentary and spending all this time at home can be somewhat unnerving. If you’re crouched up at your desk working all day, consider taking short breaks and walking around even if it’s in your own home. If you’re taking a call, why not take a walk while doing so. Studies have shown that walking not only counts as physical activity but also provides mental health benefits that help clear your mind and make you think better.
If you’re on your butt most of the time, try to reduce that by standing up and performing a few stretches to help you relax. Because it takes more effort, you would be burning more calories and maintaining a better posture. You can even consider setting up a standing desk and continue to work standing up.
You don’t have to do exercises to get in some physical activity. Take some time to play with your children. Running around and playing games with your kids can be quite the workout. Or you could perform some household chores like sweeping or mopping or just cleaning up. These are creative yet effective ways to stay active.
When we say relax, we don’t mean kick back on the couch and turn on Netflix. Try a little Yoga. Yoga is great for both the mind and the body. It combines physical poses with controlled breathing and meditation. Almost everyone can do it and it helps lower your heart rate, reduce stress, and keeps you calm.
Of course, nothing beats a Workout!
For active individuals, not being able to go to the gym or play sports is a significant change in your lifestyle. Thankfully, there is a wealth of online exercises you can explore and try out. Whether you prefer cardio, strength training, or dance fitness, you can easily find a workout suited to your level on Youtube or Exercise apps. If you’re not a regular fitness person, there is no better time to get started but do be aware of your limitations as there is no personal trainer there to guide you.
Stay connected to your friends and family
Well, this is not an exercise tip. But it goes a long way in keeping your spirits up and helping each other get through these trying times. With technology, it is so easy to stay connected. Have regular catch-ups with your friends, family, and colleagues through video conferencing apps like Zoom, Whatsapp, and Facetime or you could simply pick up your mobile and dial a friend for a quick chat. Some apps have online games and quizzes you can challenge your friends too.
We hope you enjoyed our tips. For optimal results, remember that it is also important to stay hydrated and eat healthily. Drink lots of water every day and try and avoid sweetened beverages. Make sure you also eat well and include plenty of fruits and vegetables. You can check out our article on eating right here.
If you’re looking for an app that makes it easy for you to work out at home with your friends and family and even have a trainer thrown in, do give our app, WorkoutParty! a shot.
Until next time, stay fit, stay well, and stay healthy!