Being stuck at home due to COVID-19 related quarantine orders has been a drastic and stressful change for many people. It can take a toll on the mental state of people around the world but staying isolated and inside all day has been causing issues for our physical conditions. Being stressed out and unable to go about our regular business is a perfect storm for bad habits like overeating and being too sedentary. I want to tell you all about a few of the ways I've been trying to stay healthy and fit while staying safe at home.
The first, and possibly most straightforward way that I've been able to maintain my health is through my diet. If you're someone who is a frequent reader of my blog, you've undoubtedly heard about the benefits of living a plant-based diet. I've been plant-based for some time now, and I've never felt better. Living plant-based is a great way to stay healthy, even if you're not entirely vegetarian or vegan! Having meals with fresh produce throughout the week can keep you fuller due to the high fiber content in most vegetables, and can help you avoid the chemicals present in a lot of processed foods. Not being able to go out as much has caused me to view food differently: I try to plan my meals around my body's needs. It's even easier to stick to a healthy diet when I'm able to get nutritional meals delivered from the PlantX Vegan Meal Delivery service!
The other primary way that I've been keeping healthy (and relieving a lot of stress) is via exercise. It's been a bit more difficult maintaining a regular exercise schedule due to the closure of gyms and other fitness studios, but now I'm able to spend a lot more time using my Peloton. If you're note familiar, Peloton is an exercise equipment company that's most well known for their stationary bicycles. What makes them different is the inclusion of a screen and the ability to stream cycling classes at any time. Being able to get the feeling of being in a full cycling class has been a great way to motivate me to exercise, even on days when I'm not feeling up to it.
Don't have time for an hour-long cycling class? When I find myself strapped for time, I still try to fit in some physical activity every day, anywhere I can. Sometimes that means 20 minutes of yoga to start my day, or it could mean body weight exercises like planking or squats 10 minutes at a time multiple times in a day. Even if exercise is just a small part of your day, daily use can make a big difference in your long term mental and physical health.
Hopefully, these tips can be a helpful motivator for you when motivation is hard to find. Keeping myself healthy has been a great way to avoid over-focusing on the negativity in the world, so I can continue working at my best. Interested in my thoughts on the world on business? Check out my other blog at Dollinger Enterprises.