As we are now slowly approaching the release of lockdown, for many of us we had to adapt how we keep ourselves occupied and staying fit and health.
While your local gym might be out of the question, there are plenty of ways to keep your mind and body in good health during a lockdown, even if you’re not a fitness nut. I can definately say I am not one, but I do recognise the fact that as you get older you need lots more exercise.
So the first important things we need to ensure is that we are getting enough quality sleep. This may be difficult if you are not moving around as much during the day, and you may even find yourself feeling lethargic. The secret is to keep moving to use up energy to enable a good night slppe.
Everyone knows that sleep is important to both our physical and mental health, now more than ever. With added stress for many people right now, it’s important make sure you’re getting enough sleep to allow your body to stay healthy and your mind to recover. I keep track of how much quality sleep I am getting with my fitbit
If you are working from home, you will find yourself sitting down longer during the day. You may even feel lethargic. Once of the dangers is over eating and under exercising.
There are days when I feel exhausted, but I have not physically done anything, only sit around.
Just remember, when it comes to physical activity, something is always better than nothing.
Anything that elavates your heart rate (even a little) is great. Here’s some ways that I exercise without ever going to the dreaded gym:
- Boxing on my Nintendo Wii
- Running up and down the stairs or even taking the stairs 2 at a time is great for a nice round bum…
- Walking to the shops – I like to walk with a purpose
- House work – the more vigorous the better
- Gardening (only if you have one)
- Washing the car or washing the windows on your home
- I love Shaun T – I use his Hip Hop Abs CDs which you can get from Amazon
- Its important to stretch so doing a little pilates or yoga should also be on your list.
- There are tons of great resources on the internet for beginners and experts alike – check our you tube and your apps on your ipad or phone.
First and foremost, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, regardless of your diet. It is extremely important to stay hydrated, even if you are not moving around as much.
Being stuck at home is the perfect time to learn new recipes and cooking from fresh instead of eating process foods, or microwave TV dinners. I love salads at this time of year so eating my protein with lots of salads is very filling. Lets face it you don’t want to emerge from ‘lockdown’ overweight and unhealthy.
Get Oxygen In Your Lungs
Its really important for you to get some fresh air in your lungs and your brain. Oxygen is needed in the body to help fight polutants and free radicals. Make sure you go for a walk daily even if for only 30 minutes.
Stay mentally active
If you dont get the mental stimulation of conversation with colleagues, then it is important to exercise your mind.
Find Activities to keep your mind engaged
- Learn a new skill. There are plenty of free courses online
- Read a book you’ve been wanting to read
- Learn or improve at a foreign language you’re interested in