Being stuck at home during the lockdown isn’t an excuse to forget about fitness. As temping as it is to laze about the house, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself healthy and fit during lockdown.
Take Regular Breaks from Work
If you’re working from home, it’s important to take regular breaks from work to get up and move around. Every 20 to 30 minutes, get up and do something else, like making a cup of tea or go out into the garden for a while or do some chores. You should exercise your muscles to reduce the discomfort of sitting all day.
You should also consider working in a variety of positions, such as standing or squatting, and possibly investing in an ergonomic chair. There a plenty of exercises and stretches you can do at your desk too.
You may not think of housework as a form of exercise, but it is. It’s a way to stay active and it doesn’t have to be boring. While you’re doing laundry, hovering, changing bedding, or doing dishes, put on some music and dance around. Listening to music will lift your mood and dancing will elevate your heart rate and get your joints moving.
Being fit and healthy isn’t all about exercise. Food plays an important part too. And as tempting as it is to snack on junk food when you’re at home, you should make sure you eat healthily. Even without the scheduled lunch breaks you would have at the office, you should establish your own routine and plan for your meals. Fill up fridge with healthy produce and whole foods, and keep away from processed and refined sugars. Try replacing any sugary drinks with a glass of water, too.
If you’re struggling to stay away from sweet treats and snack foods, you may need the help of a nutrition coach. IMA’s nutrition coaches will help you to set up a plan and make sure you stick to it.
Take Up a New Hobby
Gardening is a great form of gentle exercise, and you can use any herbs or veggies you grow when you cook. Planting a few flowers and shrubs around the garden will also brighten it up.
If you’re tired of looking at the same old rooms, why not take this time at home to redecorate your house. Rearranging furniture, painting the walls, and hanging new drapes will keep you active.
During this difficult time, your mental health is just as important as your physical health, so hobbies such as reading, playing mentally stimulating games, and meditation are important too.
Do Online Personal Training
Another way to stay active is hiring a personal trainer. IMA’s personal trainers offer virtual sessions, so you can work out in your living room or garden. By having personal training sessions once or twice a week, one of our personal trainers will help you to organise a road map to your goals, and jump start and help you to maintain a routine.
Get Home Exercise Equipment
You should consider investing in some home exercise equipment. If you’ve never used them before, then you should consider asking your personal trainer what kinds of equipment you should be buying and how to use them properly.
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