Quarantine: a word that’s become synonymous with 2020.
We won’t sugar coat it, everything about quarantining has been difficult, from turning your home into a living space/office/gym/classroom/entertainment area to worrying about employment, school, grocery shopping, and trying to stay healthy.
We’re sure being stuck indoors over the past several months has changed your self-care routine significantly. Like all of us here, you’ve probably gained a couple quarantine pounds. Ready to lose the extra weight and start living a healthier lifestyle? Check out our tips for staying healthy and shedding that quarantine 15!
It's said that a healthy lifestyle is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. That’s why it’s important to fuel your body with healthy food. However, we know that sometimes that’s easier said than done. One great way to make eating healthy less daunting and more fun? Meal prep!
Meal prep is basically just preparing your meals in advance. For instance, you may choose to prep 7 days worth of meals on a Sunday and avoid cooking the rest of the week. For meal prep menu ideas, take a look at our blog post.
Another great way to stay motivated and avoid getting bored with eating healthy is to try to introduce a new ingredient into your meals each week. Some fun fruit, vegetables, and herbs that may be outside of your usual grocery list are eggplant, fennel, jackfruit, papaya, dragon fruit, fresh dill, and fresh sage. There are so many wonderful ingredients to explore!
Adding more veggies to your diet is also a great way to shed pounds and stay healthy. There are endless recipe ideas incorporating vegetables into your meal plan such as making meatballs out of eggplant, pizza crust out of cauliflower, or even baked zucchini fries. If you’re watching your budget, frozen fruits and vegetables are affordable and still packed with nutrients! You can easily add them to a stir fry or a smoothie. Here are some recipe ideas for incorporating veggies into your next meal.
Walking is an easy form of exercise and you can do it anywhere! If you’re in a high-risk area or a situation where you can’t leave your home, walk around your space! Walking around your room every half hour or so will get your blood flowing, increase energy, help with sleep, and is a great way to lose some weight.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 10,000 steps a day for optimal heart health, however, other research suggests at least 7,500 steps. Regardless, getting up and walking is important for your overall health. It is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of movement a day or a 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week. One great thing to come out of quarantine has been the countless workouts you can find online! Your favorite gym instructors most likely have workouts on their social media accounts. If not, you can find plenty on YouTube. There’s also several companies offering free workouts from Peloton to SoulCycle, check out the full list here.
You may think that working out every day and a constant on-the-go mentality are the only things you need to get the results you want, but rest is actually just as important! In order for your muscles to recover, prioritizing sleep is a must. The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of 7-8 hours of sleep every night for adults. Additionally, falling asleep around the same time and getting up at the same time is important too. Make sure you put away the blue light that comes from devices such as your computer, phone, and even TV an hour to two before bed as blue light can affect your body’s circadian rhythm.
Have a couple stubborn pounds that are preventing you from reaching your goal? Hint: you might be stressed! Our body can hold onto weight when we’re stressed because our cortisol levels rise along with our insulin levels. When these levels drop with our blood sugar, it prompts us to crave more unhealthy, comfort foods. We understand it’s hard to not have some level of stress during these difficult times but it’s important to prioritize time to de-stress. That could mean listening to your favorite music, safely spending time with friends and family, meditating, or journaling. If you are still having a difficult time, consider reaching out to a therapist. Now more than ever, our mental health is important to prioritize and most therapists are offering video or phone sessions.
We're here for you during these difficult times. Here’s to prioritizing our health in 2020!
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