The panic of Coronavirus has forced all of us to go self-quarantine. While this free time would lure us to gorge on junk foods, dress up in comfy pajamas, and take a break from our exercise regime, we suggest you stay active. It will not only help in strengthening your immune system but will prevent you from gaining weight (with all the binge-eating). This would be the best time to take charge and work out and be your trainer.
For those wondering how this could be possible as the gyms are shut, we enlist few easy ways for you to indulge in a regime. We did use to work out before the gym culture became a part of our lives, right?
Aim for at least 30-minute workout
Plan a minimum of 30 minutes workout every day. The more the merrier since you are indoors 24/7 but don’t overexert. You can stick to a particular type or a combination of stretching, yoga, power yoga, Pilates, Zumba, aerobics, etc. Get out that dancer in you and just get grooving. There are many fat burning and morning exercises which can be done in the bed too.
YouTube and TV channels are all flooded with various workout video sessions which you can do that too without any equipment.
Preferring the Yogic path
Stretch your body and tread on the yogic path to reduce panic and stress during this time. Practice deep breathing exercises and yoga asanas or meditate as they will help in keeping your body healthy, improve your respiratory system, and provide calmness.
Indulge in yoga as it will help relieve stress and reduce panic. There are a variety of fitness apps available that will help you achieve your goals, be it meditation, stress reliever, insomnia, etc. Our personal favorite is the urban yogi. Decide your goal and perform the asanas accordingly.
For those working out on their own seems confusing and tedious, Virtual yoga is the new trend for them in the market. This concept offers customized services as per the consumer’s requirements and condition. The users can get the guidance of a trainer the ‘video’ way, workout with them (just like the physical classes) and also clarify their queries. The virtual sessions are just a part of the larger fitness and diet plan and are also cost-effective as compared to the physical sessions.
Make those steps count
The best way to remain fit during this time is to keep those steps going. Just walk in the house whenever possible- while brushing teeth, watching TV, talking over the phone, etc. it will be a good time to do your household chores not only from cleanliness and safety point of view but also because that it will ensure your body remains active. We know you do want to laze around but you would have ample amount of time to do the work as per your convenience(since there is no office).
Along with exercise, a healthy and balanced diet is essential to keep infections away. Sure your heart and stomach would crave fried and sugary food, but we suggest taking a detour from the and focusing on healthy eatables. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, nut, seeds, whatever is easily accessible. A diet packed with all the essential nutrients- carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, etc. is essential to boost our immune system. Do include herbs and spices in your food for their magical medicinal properties.
You finally have the time to complete your sleep which you haven’t been able to catch up on because of your hectic schedule. Regularize your sleep cycle and you will notice positive changes in your overall health.
However, all of us need to follow the prescribed rules- Please wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer at regular intervals and DO NOT step out of your home, nor invite people over for a party.
Stay at home, stay safe! And yes, try to reduce your screen time too (that is, do not spend a lot of time on your phones or laptop screens). We know that Netflix, Prime etc. are all calling you out but we advise not to be hooked to them for too long. Think of this phase as a trial session and prepare yourself with a healthy lifestyle so that once we have sailed through this phase, we can start our lives at a fresh and healthy note.