The normal rhythm of life has shifted over the past weeks…
Everyone is washing hands, wearing masks, social distancing, staying home to help stop the spread, which is super important.
But the crazy thing to me is another part of staying healthy that isn’t getting as much attention or guidance.
What you can do to decrease the chance of getting sick…
While you’re spending more time at home, now is a great time to reset your health habits, diet, exercise and sleep routines.
#1 You’re living off snacks and comfort foods
Now that the “home office” is just a few steps from the fridge or pantry you can almost hear the cookies or chips calling your name. Let alone the stress or boredom that literally is a magnetic force drawing you to those comfort foods. Research shows processed foods and sugars suppress the immune system. By focusing on nutrient- dense whole-foods and superfoods and eliminating junk food you can help your immune system function better. You will also have the energy and motivation to keep active and moving. It’s never fun to feel uncomfortable in your own body, carrying few extra pounds, weak or achy. Your energy gets zapped by the empty calories that literally sit in your gut and cause you body to go into overdrive to process, not mention the effects it has on your mood. Additionally, carrying extra weight puts a lot of extra stress on your joints and can lead to knee, hip, back pain, arthritis and difficulties sleeping.
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#2 You’re Stressed Out
Worrying about your health, finances and your family is stressful. Constantly bombarded by the news, panic postings and close quarter living is pretty challenging.
Continual high levels of stress isn’t doing you or your immune system any favors. Stress hormones like cortisol can weaken your immune system and makes you more susceptible to illness. Additionally, it throws off your metabolism, can lead to weight gain and influences your mood. So let’s breathe and infuse your body with nutrient rich superfoods, exercise and practice positivity.
#3 You are not getting enough sleep
Sleep is the time to restore and rebuild the body- it is absolutely vital for the immune system. This is when your body heals. If you are not getting the deep restorative sleep you need it will be harder for you boys to fight off bad bugs and infections. (Is your bed set up or pillow a problem? Click here to learn more about getting a custom fit pillow so you can sleep more soundly tonight and stay healthy 🙂 )
#4 You Can’t Make Excuses
So many people say they struggle with exercise and eating right because they are always on the go and managing not only their busy schedules but the entire family’s. With a majority of people staying home right now and restaurants closing, it may be easier to buy back the time you need to start laying the foundations of clean eating and exercise. Make it fun and get the whole family involved. Plan and cook meals together and enjoy the time that you have to sit down and enjoy a meal together. Now that you’re not rushing in and out of the door, picking up or dropping off the kids what better time to reset the rhythm of nutrition. Additionally, you will have a captive audience right now to educate your kids and family about the protective effects of hygiene, diet and exercise, there is no bigger motivator than having to live out this current situation.
#5 Motivation to move
For many people their local gym was a place of sanctuary, accountability and community. It was easy, they could focus, exercise and get back to life. With so many distractions at home, and being surrounded by daily to-dos and a family that needs to be attended to, it’s a bit more challenging to center yourself and commit to a regular fitness routine. It’s hard to motivate yourself to commit to a regular fitness routine, and know what is the best way to stay active, healthy and fit right now. You may be limited by space, equipment access or the ability to sneak away by yourself.
So many people right now are “winging it”, dusting off their walking shoes and tripling their now running mileage, or scrolling YouTube for the exercise videos.
I keep saying it, but it’s a recipe for disaster, pain and injury. That is why our Movement Specialists created our VIRTUAL Specialty Pilates Classes specifically designed to prevent the common injuries that are a result of stress, sedentary or very active living. It is all about learning about your body, correcting bad patterns, preventing injury, having fun, feeling better about yourself and restoring the balance your body and mind needs.
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