Even though COVID-19 exposure has decreased, how can we maintain a healthy and active lifestyle? Continue reading to learn more.
As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, many aspects of our daily lives have shifted in unexpected ways that have now become the new normal. To reduce our exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, many of us continue to spend a lot of time at home.
For people who are unvaccinated or who are otherwise still reluctant to go to crowded areas, a day that may have previously involved several physical activities, such as going to and from your car, grocery shopping, family outings, or visiting retail malls, is still missing.
How covid has impacted our daily lifestyle?
Nevertheless, additional health risks could materialise as a result of all these COVID-driven safeguards. With this unheard-of lifestyle change, there is a chance for a more sedentary existence filled with hobbies like watching television, reading for extended amounts of time while seated, or working at a computer for longer than usual durations of time.
Being alone and at home may also tempt us to reach for high-sodium snacks, junk food, and meals of inferior quality that satisfy our taste receptors immediately rather than nutrient-dense whole foods. In current times of social withdrawal and self-isolation, many people find this to be difficult.
To sustain an active lifestyle in the age of social distance, we must remain proactive and, in some circumstances, innovative. The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a significant impact on your daily life, even if you are not directly touched by it or have never had it. This could have a detrimental effect on your general health.
Tips to stay healthy
- Stay Active
While gyms are once again open, some people are still apprehensive to visit them. Without going against the preventive best practices advised, such as social seclusion and avoiding large groups, there are numerous secure substitutes for exercising.
You can perform aerobics at home. Exercises like pushups, situps, jumping jacks, and more are fantastic methods to keep in shape outside of the gym. Other possibilities are:
- 2-3 times per day, take a 10–15-minute brisk walk around the home or up and down the stairs.
- Dance and sing to your favourite song
- Join a live YouTube exercise class.
- Get Proper Sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for general wellness. Experts claim that immune system activity impacts sleep, which in turn changes how our body’s defence system functions innately and adaptively. Although the amount of sleep required for optimal health and performance mostly varies from person to person, experts advise persons age 18 to 60 to get seven or more hours of sleep every night.
- Consume healthy and nutritious food
It is crucial to exercise self-control and refrain from “emotional eating” in order to combat stress brought on by the significant changes brought about by the pandemic. Whole foods rich in vitamins, fibre, and minerals include dark leafy greens, oranges, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Make it a habit to strive to consume more full, nourishing foods as opposed to fast food.
Schedule some time for self-care. Be encouraging and advise your loved ones to do the same. Overall wellness is promoted by meditation, relaxing, spending time with loved ones, and taking care of oneself. Counselling can help you improve your mental wellness in a variety of ways.