We are going through an extremely challenging time now. It is fair to say that COVID-19 has hit us hard and we are in the midst of a global pandemic. On a brighter note, there has never been a more crucial time to focus on your mental, physical and emotional well being. We are all in this together, so in order for us to reduce the risk of catching and spreading the virus, we need to make our health a priority.
4 tips to keep you lean and healthy during self isolation
- Focus on stress management and mental health- With most of the world having to self isolate and spend more time at home, this is the time to work on personal development and stress management. Sleep is the most important thing when it comes to stress management and immune function. Try to come away from social media by 8pm and live by candlelight at least 1-2 hours before bed. Reading a book before bed always helps me wind down before I sleep. Some other healthy habits that you can start working on is journalling and gratitude. Most mornings when I wake up I do a brain dump and write down my thoughts and feelings into my journal. I also write down 3 things that I am grateful for and show gratitude for them in my head, whilst I am brushing my teeth. This has really helped me develop more of a positive outlook on life, especially in times like this. Check out this article- 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude.
- Exercise at home- No gym, no problem! You can build muscle, improve mobility and burn fat at home using nothing but your own bodyweight and a resistance band. In fact, when you eventually go back to lifting weights, you will build more muscle and strength due to the novelty of a proper at home training program. We tend to neglect exercises such as single leg movements, core stability and mobility movements, therefore your body will respond extremely well to this new stimulus. Check out my recent at home workout and give it a go!
- Work on your relationship with food- We are spending more time at home which means we have more time to be creative in the kitchen. If you haven’t already, download your f Some key tips to stop you overeating is to avoid buying lots of processed foods to store in the house. Don’t eat in front of the TV because mindless eating tends to make us eat more. Add more vegetables/salads to your daily intake to help create a healthier relationship with food.
- Move more- Put simply, movement is medicine. Out of all of these tips, I would say that simply increasing your daily steps throughout these tough times is the easiest win. A habit which has worked wonders for both myself and my clients is walking after you eat. If you can go for a light 10-30 minute walk after each meal you will boost your energy levels, improve mood, burn more calories, aid digestion and be more satiated after eating. Check out this article- Walking just after a meal seems to be more effective for weight loss than waiting for one hour to walk after a meal.