Good health and happiness are key to see through times like these.
Today, we are armed with masks and gloves, and maintaining social distance has been ingrained in our collective conscience. The Covid-19 induced lockdown with the gradual lifting of restrictions now has provided a breather, but with preventive measures to be mandatorily taken to ensure safety and good health for all. Many have taken the lockdown as an opportunity to build on their health and stamina, habits that are likely to be continued. In effect, staying fit is extremely important, more so to fight the pandemic.
Staying at home for prolonged periods of time has led to physical inactivity. This sedentary lifestyle, coupled with low levels of action, is bound to have a negative effect on the health, well-being, and quality of life. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week, or a combination of both. The good news is that you can have these activities right at home, with no special equipment required. So get ready to start your fitness regime.
Among the most effective ways to remain active is by walking. When you speak on the phone the next time, avoid sitting in one place and walk instead. After meals, you can choose to set a time for walking briskly, which will also help in digestion. If you are going for walks outside, make sure that you take all the necessary precautions and maintain distancing norms.
Exercising is the most effective way of staying fit and in shape. You can follow a regime at home or head to the gym too, now that services are opening up. Exercises like squats and pull-ups, among others, will help you build on your fitness. Today, as people turn online for help, there are many channels on social media sites that provide exercise classes. You can join them and sweat it out at home.
Keep Eating Healthy
Among the most important attribute of fighting, infections are following a healthy diet. But before that, it is more important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. Also, a must in the heat to avoid dehydration. Have a mixed and wholesome diet of fruits and vegetables, and limit the intake of salt, sugar, and fats. Also, instead of refined foods, switch to whole grains.
Prolonged periods of staying at home have led to mental fatigue, and staying calm and composed has been the key to fight it out. In this context, practicing yoga and meditating will help you relax and keep mental exhaustion at bay. Following a regular pattern of mental exercises will help you keep calm at all times. So embrace the new normal by embracing good and healthy habits. In trying times, be at peace with yourself by looking to the needs of your body and mind. Remember, tough times don’t last, but tough people do!
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