People all over the world are suffering from the new virus, COVID-19. In this critical situation, all we need to do is stay at home and stay safe. We need to eat well, lead a healthy life, and stay active.
Self-quarantine can bring anxiety to some people, so both physical activity and mental health are important for you to maintain in this situation.
Read on about how you can maintain a healthy life while in quarantine. It's all about staying fit during COVID-19.
Stay Physically Active
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are staying more inactive while at home, which we usually do not do on normal days. It’s hard for us to exercise how we usually did, but especially for the people who didn’t even do any physical exercise before the pandemic hit.
However, at a crucial time like this, everyone needs to move and do some exercise to boost the immunity of the body.
At the very least, do some light movements, such as walking, jogging, and stretching, and help yourself with good blood circulation in your body. Exercise will help you with both a healthy body and a happy mind. It will also help your muscle strength, flexibility, and improve your balance.
Regular physical activity reduces the chances of disease and COVID-19. This will give us time to maintain a routine and also good mental health.
Do Some Household Activities
Cleaning and gardening are perfect ways to move away from laziness. Spend some time with your family to help them with housework. Playing with children will also make you move around at home.
You can also do some traditional exercise or yoga with your family. Also, playing games in your backyard or dance parties are examples for you to stay active during the pandemic.
Follow Online Exercise Sessions
You can easily follow some online exercise classes to maintain your body shape at home. Be aware of your limitations and cautious about your health. Don’t push yourself harder if you cannot handle it.
You can easily watch exercise videos on YouTube for free. Or you can sign up for a local fitness trainer or personal trainer for an online session of the workout and a recommended healthy diet as per your body needs.
Don’t Be Lazy
You can simply walk in your room casually or jog on spot. If you want to exercise to maintain a perfect shape, then make sure you maintain distance around people at least 6 feet and wear a mask for safety.
Consider standing up every 1 hour of sitting, and you can continue your work while standing. This will reduce the chances of belly fat and maintain the shape of your body.
Look After Your Mental Health
The impact of COVID-19 in our life is hard to maintain. Self-quarantine, temporary unemployment, and distance from friends and colleagues are hard to accept for some people.
You need to accept these changes and move on to something new, learn something new, and give yourself some time for you. Keep in touch with friends, relatives, and loved ones with social media or a simple phone call.
Due to COVID-19, children are not able to go outside to play games with friends, and social distance is affecting them as well. Children are getting exhausted, anxious, fearful, bored, and isolated in this pandemic.
They feel scared about the impact of the virus on their loved ones, too, so parents should explain the situation and make kids feel as comfortable as possible at home.
We should focus on developing their creative minds with indoor games and video games to keep their minds busy. Make sure they take a break after spending a certain amount of time playing video games.
Smoking is harmful to your lungs and heart. Smokers have a higher risk of getting affected by COVID-19 because their lungs are already damaged, and they are putting cigarettes in their mouths with their hands to their lips.
Prepare to quit smoking and start living a fresh and healthy life. Start with a few simple steps:
- Hold yourself longer whenever you have the urge to smoke.
- Take deep breaths. This will help you to pass the urge.
- Drink some water or juice. It will keep you hydrated and make you stop thinking about cigarettes.
- Take a shower, read books, solve puzzles, listen to music, dance, art, or make your favorite food. These activities will help you distract your mind from smoking.
- Go to your local community helpline, health providers, Quitline counselors, and programs that will help you stop smoking.
Eat Fresh and Healthy
Our eating habits also depend on our physical health. Proper eating and drinking will help your body fight disease, infections, and germs. No food can prevent COVID-19, but a proper diet will help boost your immunity.
For babies, breastfeeding is a must in the first six months because it gives them proper nutrition and fluids for their growth. Breastfeeding should be maintained until the baby is two years old. For young kids, proper diet maintenance is important for their development and growth.
Eat fresh and healthy foods every day, such as whole-grain wheat, brown rice, vegetables, beans, milk, eggs, meat, fish, etc. For snacks, you can have dark chocolate, nuts, fresh fruit, and raw vegetable salad.
Use olive oil, butter, ghee, soy, and mustard oil for cooking. Limit the visible fat off meat and use fish that have lower fats. Try to avoid processed and oily foods. Also, try to steam, boil, or bake your food instead of having fried foods.
Drink water and stay hydrated. Try to avoid alcohol. It doesn’t help you with COVID-19, and it is harmful to your liver and heart, with the ability to cause diseases like cancer and mental illnesses.
Although it takes time to adjust to self-quarantine and maintain a healthy life during this COVID-19 pandemic, we need to accept this that it is here and move on with our life.
Stay home and stay safe.