While many businesses are slowly reopening, operating restrictions and an abundance of caution might be keeping you at home. If you’re itching to get back into a fitness routine but aren’t prepared to hit the local gym or yoga studio, all is not lost. Here’s how to focus on self-care and fitness, without going back to the gym too soon.
Designate a Fitness Space
Creating an at-home workout area can help you achieve your fitness and self-care goals.
- Try household items in place of fitness equipment for accessible workouts.
- Use your home’s staircase as a fitness center.
- Aim for an open space, like a garage or finished basement, for your home gym setup.
- Pick fitness equipment that’s quick and convenient to assemble.
- Start a fitness routine that will work for you.
Stick with Healthy Meals and Snacks
Good eating habits can do wonders for both your anxiety levels and overall fitness.
- Drink enough water — and at the right times — to avoid unhealthy snacking.
- Schedule Costco delivery for the convenience of fast food, but healthier.
- Choose scientifically proven mood-boosting foods that are easy to prep.
- Meal prep make-ahead snacks to curb cravings in a healthy way.
- Tackle recipes that recreate healthier versions of your favorite fast foods.
Don’t Forget Emotional and Mental Self-Care
Along with eating healthy and working out, you should tend to other aspects of self-care.
- Take time for yourself — and unplug — whenever possible.
- Try regular baths with essential oils to relieve stress.
- Enjoy a hobby to support your mental health.
- Use clever ways to stay in touch while sticking with social distancing.
- Care for yourself and others as restrictions ease and life starts anew.
Though restrictions are beginning to ease up in most places, it’s understandable to remain cautious about going out. Fortunately, even without access to your favorite gym or yoga spot, there’s so much you can do to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Adapting to the new normal may not be easy, but it can be less stressful and intimidating with these tips.
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Guest Author: Stephanie Haywood