A pandemic can change the lives of many in a way no one would’ve anticipated, and the COVID-19 crisis that everyone is facing today is a prime example of that. Many people are forced to stay at home to minimize exposure and contain the spread of the virus. Although it can protect one from the pandemic, isolation and being at home elicits the temptation of snacking excessively — and living an overall unhealthy lifestyle.
However, no matter the dire situation, you should make an effort to maintain optimal health and fitness to protect yourself from the unknown and bring some good out of the problem.
Be proactive and follow the lifestyle below to stay fit and healthy during a pandemic.
If you have any medications prescribed for a condition you may have beforehand, make sure to take them as directed by your doctor. The same applies to any drug or alcohol recovery program you may be part of — continue taking them to make sure you stay healthy and avoid experiencing any complications throughout this challenging period.
Although gyms and other recreational spaces may not be open during a pandemic, that shouldn’t be an excuse not to stay active. There are many safe alternatives to getting physical activities that you can do at home. These include push-ups, sit-ups, or jumping-jacks, and if you live in a secluded place, going for brisk walks or jogging is a great way to stay active safely.
Get Adequate Sleep
Getting quality and enough sleep is essential for a person’s overall health. That’s because not only it gives you proper rest and energy, it can improve your immune cells, known as ‘T cells.’ These cells act as your body’s first line of defense whenever a virus, bacteria, or fungi enters your system, ensuring optimal health. While the amount of sleep you need for good health and performance depends on many factors, experts generally suggest getting seven or more hours of sleep per night for adults aged 18 to 60 years.
Follow Proper Diet and Nutrition
The easiest way to maintain health and fitness during a pandemic is to eat properly. That’s because consuming the right foods ensures you get the proper nutrition your body needs, maintaining optimal health, and overall well-being. So, practice self-discipline, avoid indulging in unhealthy snacks and meals — and stock up on whole foods like dark and leafy greens, citrus fruits, and fresh herbs. Make it a habit to try and eat more organic foods rather than processed ones.
Staying healthy and fit should also extend to your mental state, and the best way to ensure optimal mental health during a pandemic is staying connected with your loved ones — safely. Talk to your friends and family across whatever media you prefer and make the most out of the situation.
Drinking water and staying hydrated is essential in ensuring health. Drinking enough water, around 8 to 10 glasses a day, can ward off cravings, keeping you fit and healthy. Additionally, staying hydrated can help remove toxins from your body, preventing toxin buildup, keeping your immune system healthy.
Facing a pandemic can be challenging, especially since there’s no certainty when things are going back to ‘normal. However, it doesn’t have to be a setback to any health gains you made — and following the tips mentioned can help you maintain optimal health and fitness, conditioning yourself to the best version you can be.