How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle While Staying at Home
Lisa Levinson | May 21, 2020
Due to the stay-at-home order, you may have found yourself off your normal routine. The workday seems longer, food choices and options may be different, and exercise regimens may have changed due to lack of access to your gym or local parks or because of time constraints. During these current limiting circumstances, it is still possible to maintain health and fitness.
How can I remain active?
It may be challenging while working from home and home schooling kids to find time to exercise. Keep in mind, any type of movement is better than no movement! Exercise is not only important for physical health but also your mental health.
Start with setting realistic and attainable goals that you know you can meet daily or weekly. Is it possible to move every hour? Do you have a standing desk? Can you set aside 5–10 minutes throughout the day to get up and move?
Anticipate obstacles that may delay or prevent you from being active. Take advantage of the times that present themselves to keep moving. Is it a matter of getting up during commercial breaks while watching TV, in between work calls?
Exercise boosts oxygen circulation and endorphins. Twenty to 30 minutes daily of moderate activity is recommended. Talk with your provider prior to starting any new activity. Apps may be available for free to students, teachers and healthcare workers.
How can I eat healthy?
Set yourself up for success by eating as consistently as possible. It is encouraged to avoid skipping and/or delaying meals as there may be a greater tendency to eat carbohydrate heavier, more calorie dense foods as well as larger portion sizes.
Look for snack options to include a carbohydrate and protein source. The combination of these two food types create a sensation of fullness quicker and for a greater amount of time, providing us with the energy needed to sustain us in between meals.
Try to eat well-balanced meals. Avoid sugary foods if possible.
Stay hydrated! Be sure to drink water throughout the day. Keep in mind that caffeinated beverages have a diuretic effect and contribute to fluid loss. By the time you are thirsty, you may already be dehydrated.
Additional tips to maintain health
Rest. Aim for 6–8 hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep may contribute to worsening feelings of sadness and frustration.
Listen to your body. Allow yourself time to relax. Identify ways to decompress. Focus on strategies that are most easily managed (what you are eating, exercise, sleep habits).