Now more than ever, we need to keep up our exercise routines or start one. Exercise strengthens the immune system, improves sleep, regulates weight, lowers blood pressure and stabilizes mood. So especially now, it is important to do everything you can do improve your health. Will it prevent you from acquiring Covid if you are super healthy and fit? Not necessarily. But it will increase your chances greatly of having a milder case or being asymptomatic all together.
Secondly, with everyone working from home, we are eating more and moving less. But why is that? Well, food is just a few steps away in our refrigerators, those of us who rely on gyms to stay fit are unable to go and we're just not moving as much. It is very easy to develop more sedentary habits during this pandemic. And I have repeatedly heard about people slowly gaining weight. What can you do to lessen the odds of getting really sick from this virus? How can you stay fit instead of gaining weight and continuing to decondition?
Nutrition. If you don't have unhealthy foods in your house, you can't eat them. Just because you are home more doesn't mean you should change what you normally buy at the store. I'm not saying you can't have a cookie, or a pizza here and there, just don't stock up. I would love to have ice cream multiple times a week. But I know I can't. So rather than buy a gallon, get a single serving as a treat. If you want a cookie or a brownie, buy small portions. Remember portion control. I think the easiest way to do this is to use the infographic below. It's simple and you don't necessarily have to write anything down.
Exercise. There are a few options here. If you are young and healthy and have no issues, go online and do one of the free youtube workouts available online. However, if you are like my clients, and are older, you may have health issues and previous injuries that need to be addressed in your training. If you have a knee injury, arthritis, shoulder or back injuries a good trainer will be able to develop a custom program to keep you safe and moving toward your goals. Virtual training is widely available and with Zoom, Skype and online digital training platforms you can get an excellent workout safely from your home. The other advantage to having a trainer is we keep you accountable. Whether it is a zoom call or a digital program, a trainer will stay after you to keep those workouts consistent. If you do not have access to equipment, don't let that be a deterrent. As trainers we can get creative and keep you challenged with bodyweight exercises or use everyday objects you have at home. If you have equipment, awesome!
So take the first step, start moving more, get in touch and let's talk about how I can help you lose that "covid15" and become as healthy as possible during this pandemic!