The last few months has seen people moving towards a healthier life than ever before and realizing the crucial role that fitness plays in our lives. The onset of the pandemic made people aware of the importance of having a strong immune system and leading a healthy lifestyle. With the world being in a lockdown for most parts of 2020, our fitness goals were thrown off-course. Mastering the art of baking banana bread and sourdough clearly didn’t help our waistlines. However, staying at home for work or social distancing does not mean that you lose track of your fitness goals. Here are some tips that can help you move towards a healthier lifestyle while staying at home.
Obtaining a healthy lifestyle begins with a proper diet. Today, more people are aware about the importance of a nutritious diet. Healthy recipes, diet tips and benefits of healthy eating have become easily accessible to everyone. But you’ve to keep in mind that everyone’s body works differently and what may work for someone else may not work for you. So, listen to your body and see what works best for you and is sustainable in the long-run.
Some of the popular diets include:
It’s also important to regularly eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits as they contain the vitamins that are required to maintain a strong immune system. Nutritional supplements such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc are also helpful. It is recommended to consult a physician first before taking supplements.
Since your body is made up of 60% water, staying hydrated is equally important. When you are dehydrated, your vitamins and minerals also become low. So, set a goal to drink a certain amount each day and gradually increase that amount. You can set reminders on your phone and always carry a bottle with you everywhere you go.
Just because you’re staying at home doesn’t mean that you can’t stick to your exercise routine. Fitness is not just limited to the gym. There are many fun activities that can be done at home, such as dancing and yoga. The most important thing is to keep moving, so you can pick any activity that you enjoy. Regular exercise is essential to keep your body active and reduce the risk of major health problems. It also improves mental health and sleep quality. As the famous old Latin phrase says: A healthy mind in a healthy body!
The human body needs a certain number of hours of sleep to function efficiently. While you’re asleep, your body works hard to repair itself, restore energy and release hormones and proteins. Lack of sleep affects your overall health, immune system, digestion, focus and can even cause premature ageing. Have you ever noticed that when you don’t get enough of sleep, you crave fast food? This is because lack of sleep causes hormone shifts and increases Ghrelin, the hunger-control hormone. So, it’s important to sleep early and get in at least 7-9 hours of sleep daily for a healthy body and clear mind. Also, avoid use of electronics 1 hour before sleeping.
This year, let go off those excuses and set sustainable fitness goals. It might take a lot of time, commitment and effort, but it sure will make a noticeable difference!
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