During these strange times when everything seems to be upside down and downright scary, you can find some comfort in knowing that now is the time to tackle some of the tasks that you’ve been putting off. Whether it’s finishing something you started ages ago, reading a book, home improvements, or learning a new skill, make sure that your list of lockdown activities includes staying fit and healthy. The good news is that it doesn’t have to involve huge change unless you want it to. Here are four suggestions to get you started.
1. Daily Exercise
Exercise doesn’t have to involve going to the gym and lifting weights. You can start a yoga practice or a workout routine (there are plenty of free apps to get you started). Set an attainable goal and do your best to reach it every week. If you have a bicycle, get out and ride, take a walk every day or go for a run several days a week. Even if all you can afford is to give yourself several jumping jacks breaks a day, the idea is to get your heart rate up, your muscles moving, and stimulate an increased calorie burn.
2. Mushroom Nutrition
Cook your meals with as few processed ingredients as possible. This will allow you to control the levels of salt and sugar. You can also add mushrooms and fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, and basil for added flavor and nutrition. Mushrooms are a great source of vital nutrition. Some are even considered to be adaptogens, meaning that they balance hormones and they help you regulate stress. Turkey tail and reishi are just two adaptogenic mushroom varieties. You may be surprised to learn that there are dozens of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants found in mushrooms, and fiber too.
3. Drink More Water
Since our bodies are largely made up of water, we need to have a proper water regimen. Water keeps us hydrated and keeps our blood moving optimally, which can mean less susceptibility to viruses and bacteria. It helps our bodies to flush out toxins and process nutrients more efficiently. Remember that water can even come from some of the food we eat, like melons, cucumbers, oranges, soups, and peaches. If you struggle with drinking water, try tea, or infusing your water with your favorite fruit to give it a touch of flavor.
4. Rest Well
Sleep is a vital function of the body. Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night allows your body to recuperate from the day. It rids the body of excess cortisol, a major stress hormone, it allows the brain to consolidate and process memories, ideas, and thoughts, and it allows various tissues to repair themselves. Establishing a sleep routine will help you get the most out of your rest.
As we are adjusting to new normals all over the world, we still have to do our part to stay healthy. Quarantines and lockdowns don’t have to mean ignoring our fundamental needs. When things start to open back up and life starts to move more as it did before the pandemic, you’ll be glad you decided to be proactive about staying fit and healthy.