Lockdown. It’s not the end of the world – even though it certainly seems that way.
Many of us groan at the thought of yet another quarantine, especially the more physically active among us who lament the loss of their favourite place: the gym. Nevertheless, just because health and fitness centres have closed their doors, it doesn’t mean you have to close the door on health!
A sedentary lifestyle, characterised by little or no physical activity, is one of the biggest threats to the health of humanity in present times. Unfortunately, most people in developed countries lead such lives. Lockdowns only serve as to reinforce and extend sedentarism. It’s imperative for both your physical and mental well-being that you do your best to maintain your health during quarantine.
We have compiled a short list of 4 simple ways you can stay healthy from the safety of your house:
1. Mend your Routine
Ordinarily, we spend most of our time trying to break the monotony of our routine. During lockdown, the opposite is necessary. Ensuring you have the day ahead of you planned out can work wonders for your mental health. Without a routine, everyday blends into one, a phenomenon which causes depression.
2. Get Moving
The importance of staying active indoors cannot be stressed enough. Exercise is beneficial for both your physical and mental health. Apart from the obvious benefits such as increasing energy levels, improving muscle strength and preventing diseases, exercising causes the body to release a chemical called endorphin which is known to reduce stress and create a positive feeling in both your body and brain. There are many simple exercises you can do from home without the need for any equipment. Daily sessions as short as 10 minutes are enough to keep you in good shape during lockdown.
3. Stay Hydrated
Have you ever had a horrible headache that seems to pop out of nowhere? You haven’t had a particularly busy day, you haven’t skipped a meal and you just can’t seem to figure out what is causing it… It is highly likely this is because of dehydration. Many of us don’t realise that we don’t consume enough water, which is a problem. Sufficient water intake comes with a plethora of benefits for your health, with studies linking it to weight loss and the prevention of weight problems. Staying healthy is as simple as keeping a glass of water near you and drinking it whenever you feel thirsty.
4. Eat Well
The importance of eating a well-balanced, nutritious meal is more important now than ever before. Make the most of staying at home by incorporating more fruit, vegetables, beans, peas, lentils and wholegrains in your diet.
Even though we can’t do much at the moment, we must ensure we stay as healthy as we can so that when restrictions are lifted, we are well enough to do anything we want.
With restrictions set to be lifted in the coming days, our training programmes will soon resume.
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