Just this week, the government ordered all the gyms and fitness centres all over the country to shut down. Meanwhile, social distancing policies to contain COVID-19 means that people will spend most, if not all, of their time at home. Being in self-isolation or quarantine may give you a lot of spare time, and you may want to laze around or binge-watch your favourite shows and movies on streaming service. But, doing so is likely is to turn staying home for the sake of your health into unhealthy habits! Fret not because we are giving some tips to keep you healthy and fit despite being indoors.
Seek digital personal coaches
Working out does not always mean having to go to a gym, but you still need to follow professional instructions to achieve good result and avoid pain or injury. It is not very challenging as in today’s world everything could be googled and found online. The easiest way is to go on Youtube and subscribe to at-home workout channels such as Blogilates, The Fitness Marshall and Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home. If you need more than just videos, try downloading fitness apps to your smartphone. We recommend Daily Yoga, MyFitnessPal, 7 Minute Workout and 30 Day Fitness Challenge, all of which are free and available for both iOS and Android devices.
Make chores fun again
You should give it a try since a spotless house comes with many perks. Also, a 2010 study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that those with ‘restful’ homes are less likely to be depressed or experience fatigue. In addition, Studies have shown that washing dishes would allow you to engage with most of your senses: the temperature of the water running against your hands and the scent of the soap. In fact, it is reported that doing this chore could reduce up to 30 percent of anxiety and nervousness. Other simple tasks such as vacuuming, sweeping and cleaning your bathroom could be forms of cardio exercise which enhances blood circulation. You can make them even more enjoyable by turning it into a family game or taking before and after pictures for your Instagram page.
Play with your children and/or pet
Have you been busy parents or pet-owners who rarely spend much time with your adorable kid(s) or pet(s)? There is no better way to compromise for the lost time by giving the kids and the pets more attention in grooming or just quality time to help prevent depression from setting in. In addition, why not choose something physical to help yourself stay fit and active? Of course, going hiking or a public swimming pool is out of the question at the moment but playing tag or tug-of-war indoors could be ideal activities that takes care of your heath and relationship.
By far the simplest and the most fun-filled activity to do to get that daily cardio workout. It could effectively burn your calories while protecting your mental wellbeing from stress or depression. The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear dance exercise must be Salsa or Aerobic, but every form should help, including the timeless, Macarena or Aserejé, should do the job. Don’t be shy because no one can see you!
Be creative with your food
Being physical alone is not enough; you should also be looking out for what you eat although you spend most of your time indoors now. Apart from survival food, you should stockpile on fruits and vegetables, fresh meat and mineral-rich fish in your fridge. If you don’t like them or find them boring, there are many smart ways to make healthy food fun, such as to take fruits and veggies for the first course and then shrink it or eat with a good companion. You can go online and search for different recipes as well. Do you like carrots more than cake? Why not bake a carrot cake.