"Normal isn't what it used to be..."
What’s your normal exercise routine? Is it taking a class at the Y like body pump, kickboxing, step, or yoga? Is it a daily trip to the gym for HIT workouts, Barre, or cycling? Normal isn’t what it used to be for any of us, which is why now more than ever, it’s important to get into a new routine!
During this time of uncertainty, developing a healthy daily exercise routine will help to reduce stress, improve sleep, improve mood, and increase energy. Let’s face it, we’re all under a tremendous amount of stress. Most of us are trying to balance work from home while taking care of family, homeschooling kids, dealing with the worry about our health and economy, and wondering what happens next.
For some of us, it’s a welcome change. A time to relax and enjoy time at home with kids and spouses. For others, it’s really stressful. It’s easy to abandon routine when some days it’s hard to remember what day of the week it is. I’m here to tell you that you are strong and together we can do this! Start by setting a goal to get up and move every day. Partner with a friend or group of friends through social media, video chat, or text, find a fitness challenge online and do it! Being a part of a workout group can be a great source of motivation to help keep you on schedule.
It’s important to maintain a healthy eating schedule as part of your daily routine. Whether you eat 3 regular meals or 6 small meals per day, eating should be at typical times and include healthy snacks. There’s an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available for purchase now through local grocery stores. If you prefer a less crowded, smaller atmosphere, you can find produce through local restaurants, farms, and orchards that have remained open. Eating on a regular schedule will prevent binging and overeating, which can lead to depression, low self esteem, and a variety of chronic health issues. Loading up on fruits and vegetables will provide you with essential vitamins and nutrients that improve physical and mental health.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Water is full of health benefits. It helps with appetite suppression and weight loss, improves energy, reduces stress, supports healthy digestion, and improves skin health, reducing the effects of aging. For generally healthy people, 6-8 (8oz) glasses of water is the daily recommendation. Drinking that much can be challenging even for people who love water. To increase water intake, try to keep a glass or bottle or water nearby at all times, drink a glass with each meal or snack, or grab a glass each time you use the restroom. If you’re not a water drinker, try infusing water with fruit and/or herbs to give it a subtle flavor or substitute soda/juice for sparkling water.
Practicing healthy nutrition and hydration are natural ways to ward off illness and promote a general sense of well being. Set daily goals and try to stick to them. Be kind to yourself during this time and try not to let the stress of what’s happening in the world stop you from doing self care. Please add your own health tips to the comments below. I'm available for virtual consultations through various means. Reach out through our website or via email with questions firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can do this!