What started off as a 21-day lockdown has now been extended to an additional 20 days. While this period of self-isolation at home is essential to fight the novel Coronavirus, it has posed a challenge in staying active and maintaining fitness. Regular gym-goers are now scratching their heads in finding ways to carry on their workouts at home. Those who got their daily dose of exercise by going out for a walk or jog outdoors, are feeling restless by the lack of it.
Being physically active is not just important for our body, but also for mental health. It helps in lowering stress and anxiety that can be caused by being cooped up indoors, all the time. Our immune systems depend greatly upon staying and eating healthy.
So how do we continue to stay fit and healthy now that we’re locked up at home and have plenty of food to nibble on all the time?
Let’s look at 5 ways to stay fit and active during the home quarantine.
1. Keep Moving
Try to keep moving around the house and avoid sitting in one place for more than an hour. You can walk around while on call, instead of being seated. Dancing is also a great way to sweat it out. Especially if you have kids, playing some peppy music and dancing your heart out could be a fun exercise for all.
2. Practice Yoga
Yoga is a form of exercise that needs very limited space or equipment. There are plenty of certified Yoga instructors whose videos are freely available on YouTube. Follow videos that suit your level of fitness and flexibility. Practicing yoga every day for 30-40 minutes can bring in amazing results such as toning the body, lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety, building immunity etc.
3. Get Creative with Equipment
Finding gym equipment such as weights at home is difficult. However, you can also find substitutes right at home! Squats can be done with the support of a sturdy chair, push-ups against a wall or the kitchen counter. You can use a bottle of water or a bag of grains as weights. It’s also a great time to bring out simple, old school tools such as skipping ropes and hula hoops.
4. Watch What You Eat
This is something that you are advised to follow even without a lockdown. But, being mindful of what you eat is even more important now. It’s very easy to give in to greed and binge on unhealthy snacks when you are at home 24X7. One of the ways to avoid over-eating is to stash away the stock of junk in a corner that’s not easily accessible. You can also take up cooking healthy yet tasty dishes, which will not only keep you occupied but also restrict the intake of unhealthy and processed food.
5. Don’t Binge-Watch All the Time
What’s wrong with that, you may ask. After all, isn’t that what you end up doing normally on weekends at home? That’s not incorrect. But, remember, we’re talking about a period of almost 2 months here. If all you do in your pastime is to sprawl on the couch and binge-watch, this could easily make you put on a few inches around your waist. Overconsumption of television is also not the best thing for our brains. Divide your free time between physical and leisure activities including reading, solving puzzles, painting, or whatever you enjoy!
Stay Home, stay healthy, and stay happy.