(SP) If you’re a “non-essential” worker who is siting home practicing social separation and monitoring the news for the next Covid-19 update that will dictate your day, you may be feeling a loss of control. You might be worried about your family, particularly if you are caring for seniors and others who are especially vulnerable. Or, you or someone in your household might be deemed an essential employee, like a healthcare worker, you might be feeling stressed with all the unknown and the extraordinary hours. But it is important to know that you still have control of two vital things you can do for your health: nutrition and exercise. Before you start thinking of the challenges (going to the grocery store comes with worries and your gym has closed indefinitely) to be successful with maintaining or improving your nutrition and exercise, it’s time you “loosen your mind” and consider the opportunities that are available for your success:
In an article published by Harvard Health Publishing, it notes that stress affects food preferences: “numerous studies — granted, many of them in animals — have shown that physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in fat, sugar, or both.” With stress being a trigger to make poor eating decisions, it is important for people to be aware of this and set themselves up for success by choosing meals that are healthy and tasty. But if you are avoiding frequent trips to the grocery store, your cart might be filled with more junk and processed foods rather than fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. Luckily, there are meal service companies like EAT FIT GO that use only the finest, tastiest produce, meats, and seafood, and will deliver the ready-to-eat meals (just pop them in a microwave for a few minutes) right to your door in a temperature controlled shipping box*. The meals are made in a USDA-regulated Omaha, Nebraska kitchen that has successfully delivered nearly 6 million individual, vacuum-sealed packaged meals to date. EAT FIT GO can accommodate dietary needs and preferences such as dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-carb among many others.
With fitness facilities being mandated to close across the country, many fitness instructors, brands, and enthusiasts are getting creative with at-home workouts available for free or at a discounted price. If you can support your local studios and gyms, explore which ones are live streaming classes or sharing daily workouts that you can do at home. Plenty of companies are currently offering users free exercise programs via their downloadable apps including classes in yoga, meditation, strength, stretching, bodyweight cardio and strength training exercises.
Even if you are crushing daily exercise and maintaining a healthy diet, if you are not getting enough sleep, you might not be reaping all the benefits. Now without your morning and afternoon commute to work, taking the kids to and from school, or really anytime you were in transit (which was A LOT more than now), use that extra time to go to bed earlier, sleep in later, and take a nap during the day.
During these hunkering down times, let’s honor each other by taking care of ourselves and others while focusing on what we can have control of: healthy eating plus exercise and rest!
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