Living healthy and looking after yourself is so important. However during this lockdown period it’s not just about doing all the home workouts and everything fitness related.
Looking after your mental health is as important as physical health. That also goes for making sure you’re eating well, keeping hydrated, managing stress levels and sleeping ok.
1 – Routine
Particularly if you’re working from home or have had to stop working. Still having a routine in your day is a good idea to make sure you keep your mood up, your mind busy and productive. For example, set an alarm, get out of your pyjamas, stick to your normal eating times, give yourself a lunch break (especially important if you are sat on your computer all day). Do your usual jobs round the house and switch off from work in the evening if possible. Routine is super important for kids too who still need to do lots of homework whilst out of school.
2- Eat well
Looking after your body might not be a priority with everything going on right now but please still eat good food and nourish your body. Eat good and you’ll feel good, you’ll have more energy and will boost your mood. Eat rubbish and you’ll feel like rubbish… simple.
3 – Move your body
Being on lockdown means staying inside, a lot. This also means we probably won’t be moving around as much as normal and getting our steps in. So when you can, do a little workout, whether that’s a HIIT or yoga, or getting outside for a run or cycle.
4 – Get outside
I don’t know about you but if I stayed inside for too long I’ll go a little crazy! Getting outside each day for even just a walk will help clear your head, get your body moving and see something more than just your 4 walls at home.
5 – Don’t fall into bad habits
This links into the first point about routine. Whilst everything is out of the norm it can be so easy to start doing things that you might not usually do such as drinking alcohol every evening, getting more takeaways than usual, snacking way more, sleeping in till noon and staying in pyjamas all day. Whilst this can be fun to do once and a while we don’t know how long this lockdown is going on for so try not make a habit of changing habits.
6 – Talk to people
It can be really tricky for a lot of people during this time with not being able to see family and friends. This could be especially difficult if you live alone. Nowadays we are lucky that we have so many ways to connect through the power of the internet. FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, and all the social media platforms. Talk to people as much as you can, especially if you’re feeling a little down and emotional about everything right now.
And remember, the fitter and healthier you are the less likely you are to get poorly. This is not to say that you won’t get ill but chances are less likely and you’ll more likely to recover sooner if you do.
So stay safe, stay well and look after your body.