Right now, things are anything but normal. The need for social distance has thrown many of us out of our usual routines of hitting the gym, seeing friends, and even going into our jobs. However, it’s more important than ever to be kind to your body and practice self-care to keep healthy both mentally and physically. Here are some social distancing fitness tips you can follow to stay sane, stay fit, and find some comfort.
Without the motivation of seeing your #fitfam at the gym or attending your favorite group exercise class, finding the motivation to get active can seem like a struggle. It may not be the same experience, but practicing social distance fitness can still give you great results and is important for your overall health—mentally and physically. In addition to keeping your body healthy and strengthening the vital organs in your body, exercise is a natural mood lifter that is important when you’re confined to your home.
It just takes a little bit of creativity to recreate your favorite workouts at your house. Whether you want to work your core or tone your muscles, there are a ton of great resources out there to help you get your workout in. If you’re someone who likes working out with a friend, try video chatting them and picking a workout video you can both follow along with at the same time. This way you can get some much-needed bonding in while you look after your fitness.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a change of environment to help you feel motivated. Try working out in your backyard instead of in your living room to get some fresh air. So long as you adhere to the 6-foot rule and keep your distance from others, you can also hit the pavement for a nice run through your neighborhood to burn some calories and get your heart rate up.
Eating junk food is tempting when you’re at home all the time, but try to fight the urge! Sticking to your healthy eating habits as best as you can during social distancing is good for obvious reasons like maintaining a healthy weight, but is also important for boosting your immune system to ward off illness.
If you’ve never meal prepped before, now is the perfect time to get in the kitchen and start. Most people are trying to limit their trips to the grocery store right now to minimize contact with others, so buying in bulk and cooking ahead is a great way to go.
Prepping healthy dinners, lunches, or breakfasts for the week gives you something healthy to grab for when you can’t find the motivation to cook. Incorporate things like lean meats (turkey, pork tenderloin, skinless chicken breast, and whitefish), hearty veggies (kale, spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower), and healthy carbs (sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice). Add in spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic, and pepper to add even more immune system benefits.
If you are braving the grocery store or having groceries delivered, be sure to also stock up on healthy snacks and things other than cookies or chips so that you have something healthy to reach for when hunger strikes. Berries, nuts and seeds, bananas, citrus, and dark chocolate (for when those sweets craving hit) are all great snacks that strengthen your immune system. We’re not saying you shouldn’t treat yourself to some, but making sure you’re getting enough healthy foods in your diet to keep you feeling great.
Nurture Your Mind
Social distancing can be stressful, and caring for your mind is just as important as keeping your body in check. In between working out and eating healthy, be sure to relax and do things that are good for easing anxiety and helping the time pass. Don’t just spend your days in front of screens, take some time to disconnect from the world and clear your thoughts.
It’s important to try and stick to a routine during this time and get enough sleep. Staying up all night binge-watching your favorite TV show may sound appealing, but studies show that getting enough sleep is incredibly important to your mental and physical health. Try getting up and going to bed at the same time each day to avoid derailing your sleep schedule.
Meditating twice per day has been proven to reduce anxiety and even help with sleep as well. If you haven’t already, now is the time to download a guided meditation app to help you clear your mind. Breathing exercises are also a great way to center yourself. Over the course of 2-3 minutes, take 10 deep breaths in and out and try to put on your focus on your breathing.
Practice Social Distancing Fitness
The commitments you’ve made to yourself are important, and taking care of yourself should be your main priority in this time of uncertainty. Mental and physical health go hand-in-hand. Nurturing both of these elements over the next few weeks will help you feel the best you can long after isolation ends and things return to normal.