People on their social media activities want you to believe that despite how utterly exhausting this period of quarantine and self-isolation has been, they are making the most of it by building their abs and staying 100% healthy. Everyone is always telling you about work out routines from home—more reps, the latest chest exercise, eating healthy, etc. And while it is true that some people have managed to stay incredibly fit and healthy in this period, for the majority of us, our lives have turned around so much that we simply do not want to do anything.
Do you feel that way? Like you’re just existing and waiting for the pandemic to disappear? There’s no motivation, whatsoever to try to improve your fitness or healthy living—if we’re unflinchingly honest with ourselves. People who love their office jobs must now work from home. There’s little or no chance to visit your friends and family. You’re stuck at home tending to your flower plant two weeks ago you never knew existed. People with mental health problems could find it even harder during this period.
Granted, these are dark, dark times—and for many people, it is challenging to stay fit and healthy when all we’re required to do is stay indoors. So, no more evening walks in the park to burn a few calories. Or a sunny morning smoothie made from fresh vegetables—most of our diet consists of frozen foods and quick snacks.
The truth is that we’re all waiting for normalcy to return to the world. Even if you’ve managed to stay fit in this period, chances are you’re going to give in to the life of cravings, round-the-clock naps, and laziness, real soon. And because everyone probably has a quarantine threshold, few of us will come out of this with a banging summer body. But that’s ok. The most important thing is that AFTER the coronavirus quarantine, we get back to a healthy and fit life that we desire.
Usually, when people want to get their fitness levels back up, the gym is the first thing that comes to mind. There is the alternative and more efficient ways, however, healthy living that does not involve going to the gym. Below are some health and fitness tips to jump on—right after COVID-19;
Where have you been all my life, Veggie?
Everyone has a story to tell about how their mom always insists on eating vegetables. And it’s not difficult to see why. Eating vegetables is one of the simplest ways to improve your well-being since they contain the most amount of nutrients and minerals in any food. They are also rich in antioxidants to help fight diseases in the body. After the pandemic is over, vegetables should be on the top of your grocery list.
Take the stairs
You’re very excited to be back at work after an extended period of self-isolation. As you get into your office building, how about taking the stairs instead of the elevator for a change? Statistically, climbing the stairs requires more energy and burns more calories than jogging. Amazing, isn’t it? By regularly taking the stairs at work, you’re doing what might be termed as a vigorous exercise and, ultimately, improving your health and fitness. Similarly, instead of getting in your car to get coffee across the street, you can simply walk. Create a social group with neighbours and friends and go out for evening walks in the park while keeping some distance (the thought of this is exhilarating after being indoors for so long) as a form of recreational exercise.
Create a plan & Schedule
Once you’ve re-adapted to your life routine before quarantine, you must create a plan for your fitness and healthy living and it will include everything: the type of food in your diet, the exercises you want to focus on to build specific areas of your body or generally, the location for your workouts, gear, etc. As is compulsory in every aspect of life, you must create a plan for a project you want to embark on and follow it religiously to achieve results.
After creating your plan, a schedule of workouts and meals comes next. What time is most convenient for you to do fitness exercises? Do you have to do the heavy lifting before going to work in the morning? These are some of the questions that help you plan a convenient schedule for your workouts.
Finally, our choice of food and the timing matters a lot to our health. Late-night snacking has a lot of effect on weight and ultimate implications for our health.
Furthermore, while it might be convenient for you to run off to work in the morning without eating breakfast, the body needs food to kick-start its metabolism in the morning.
Ramp up your home work-out activity
Your workout routines are present as we mentioned before in your healthy living plan. The chances are you’re already doing workouts during the quarantine (aren’t we all?), and while it is challenging to maintain your fitness at this time, after the quarantine, you need to crank up your routines a notch. Were you doing ten reps in quarantine? How about hitting the total reps after quarantine?—that’s the best way to get fitter. Increase your performance with more deliberate rest periods and nutrition drinks. You can also try out new exercises and specialist ones to build your fitness, watch videos online and subscribe to fitness channels for more help.
You might also want to try out Yoga. All you need is an instructor ( you can quickly get one online or watch videos) and a yoga mat. Yoga increases your flexibility and general body strength. It is worth noting that you require a basic knowledge of yoga before venturing into it, so: getting a more experienced partner to help you through the embryonic stage is recommended.
If you want to live a very healthy and fit life, you must put in the work and be cautious of the things that go into your mouth, it is that simple. Our values are the yardstick for measuring how much effort to invest in healthy living. When your value of life is health and happiness, you will make the extra effort to engage in activities that promote these values.
At some point, the coronavirus pandemic will evaporate, and the world will try its best to return to regular service. You can get back on track with your fitness and healthy living right here.