Ironically, you can still get sick while you take refuge within the four walls of your home to protect yourself from the virus. As most people’s lives have suddenly changed overnight, it’s rather common for them to not take care of their physical, mental, and emotional health in lockdown. This can make you more susceptible to stress-related health issues. In this article, we’ll take a look at 4 ways you can stay healthy during quarantine.
1. Avoid processed foods
The temptation to indulge in processed foods is greater when you’re emotionally and mentally stressed at home. Unfortunately, excess calories will quickly show as fat as most people become less active. Whole food meals consisting of complex carbs, proteins, fibers, and healthy fats are the way to go.
Take the time to learn how to cook and meal prep if you don’t know how to. This way, you always have something exciting to look forward to when every day has a different menu. If you lack time, subscribe to a meal delivery service. There are so many to choose from nowadays that offer healthy meals. All you need to do is heat them up or throw the ingredients into the pan.
The best way to trick your mind into eating healthy is to reduce the friction of doing so!
2. Schedule weekly calls with friends
People often make the mistake of reaching out to friends when they are already in a burnt-out, dreadful state. An alternative approach would be to dedicate specific days of the week for “hangout” with them.
To make it interesting, organize different activities like a movie or game nights so that you won’t run out of topics to talk about! Similar to the first point, you always have something to look forward to, rather than just live through the days feeling like you aren’t making any progress.
3. Keep your windows open
This may not be common advice when it comes to staying healthy, but what if I told you that stale air can make you sick? Previously, this may not have been an issue as people tend to be home only in the evenings, and the little time windows and doors are open is enough to circulate the air. But now, things have changed.
If the humidity and heat in your home aren’t right, this can cause bacteria and mold to grow. The cleaners and disinfectants you use can leave traces of chemicals that make you sick, making you feel nauseous and trigger allergic reactions that you can mistake for common flu.
4. Be creative with your workouts
Depending on your local COVID-19 regulations, you may be able to workout outdoors. That’s great! Cycling and running is a great way to boost serotonin levels and elevate your mood. But if you can’t this is when you have to get really creative with your home workouts!
What do I mean by creative? If you don’t have a barbell, fill two pails with water and hang them at the end of a solid broomstick and do some barbell rows, bicep curls and shoulder presses. You may not go as heavy as you would at the gym, but because you’re balancing the pails to avoid making a wet mess, you can take advantage of the time under tension your muscles are in. You’ll definitely feel sore the first time you do these.
For cardio, incorporate bodyweight HIIT workouts in your routine. This gives you the best bang for your time as you burn calories, and build muscle at the same time!