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The recent global pandemic has made us all realize that healthier living is really our most valuable asset. If we aren't well, then we can't enjoy our days, and often it's not until we have lost something like health that we realize just how much it dominates our lives. Maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle is the key to being happy, but that has become much more of a challenge during quarantine conditions.
3 WAYS TO HEALTHIER LIVING NOW AND AFTER QUARANTINE
Away from our normal routines and kept from the gym, many people have been drinking more alcohol than usual or indulging in comfort foods as a way to deal with anxiety and stress. As we start emerging from quarantine, it's natural to start thinking about how we can boost healthier living and begin the transition back to a new normal.
Sort Out Your Sleeping
Getting enough quality rest is what scientists often refer to as a ‘cornerstone habit' – a behavior that underpins the rest of your healthier living goals. So a great place to start is by sorting out your sleep hygiene. This can mean things like making sure the room you sleep in is dark enough and slightly cool in temperature, investing in a good quality mattress and bedding and banning electronic devices from the room that you sleep in, as they emit blue light which disrupts the body's natural sleep hormone, melatonin.
Focus On Small Diet Changes
We eat for all kinds of reasons, and hunger is only one of them. Comfort, boredom, rewarding ourselves… food can become an emotional crutch, especially in challenging times of uncertainty. When it comes to changing our diets, trying to fix everything all at once can easily feel overwhelming and the changes aren't likely to be easy to stick to. Instead, focusing on making small adjustments and building them up over time is generally a more successful approach.
You could try buying a reusable metal water bottle and aim to drink more water each day. Or swap one item on your dinner plate for a different helping of vegetables. Try finding a few simple, healthy recipes to make it batches and freeze instead of turning to ready meals. Or find healthy substitutes for foods you eat a lot, such as cauliflower rice instead of white rice, lettuce wraps instead of bread or courgetti instead of egg noodles. Changes don't have to be intimidating when you introduce them gradually. You can even stock up on healthy dog food if you want your pets to join in as well!
Get Moving More
Talking of pets, taking your dog for slightly longer walks or even a jog is a great way to get fitter. When you can get outside, you should take the chance, as exercising outside gives your body a chance to form Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. This helps to boost your body's immune system and help it to fight infection and disease.
If you can not get out any more, then there is so much you can do at home – trying streaming an at-home yoga workout on YouTube or downloading a timer app that lets you do High-Intensity Interval Training with simple bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges and mountain climbers. You can improve your health and strength a lot this way, and come out of quarantine feeling fit and ready for anything.
Since I seem to be developing some muscle and bone issues lately, I've been moving more and working outside around the yard a lot more lately. I've taken my shoes off and let myself get grounded outside while I am gardening. While it's not high-impact or high-intensity workouts, it is a work out bending over, moving, shifting, lifting, etc. Even 30 minutes of pulling weeds, trimming the edging, or going around and pruning the bushes can help your blood flow and lead to healthier living.