Staying fit and healthy in tough times
The alarm goes off 5.30am and my bootcamp or gym session is scheduled for 6am! “Come on, I know that you will feel better once you have completed this, I know that it will set you up for the day.” This is what I tell myself.
Being in these restricted and tough times it can be hard to start the day with 30-45 mins of exercise when there is no PT there to motivate or answer to.
Why physical activity is important?
There is a direct relationship between your diet, physical activity, and mental health. They are all key players and tie in together.
Lifestyle factors may also determine if you’re going to get sick or remain healthy. One of those key players is physical activity. An inactive lifestyle is can be associated with chronic diseases and poor immune system. Diabetes, weight gain, joint and bone fragility, depression, loss of mobility, decrease risk of cognitive function and that is just to start with.
Benefits of physical activity
Where to begin with this list? One of the top activities that activates and releases Endorphins is physical exercise. Endorphins gives us that feeling of positivity and in these particular stressful times, that is why physical activity and movement are extremely important.
Other benefits include but not limited to:
- Brain health and memory
- Increase energy levels
- Good for bone and muscles
- Relaxation and sleep quality
- Help skin health
- Help prevent chronic diseases
The bottom line is that there is really is no negatives of physical activity only incredible benefits.
How to practice a healthy lifestyle in these restricted times?
As we know at the moment we are restricted with gyms closed, no group sessions and social distancing. Previously there was the incentive of getting fit, feeling great for the day as well as getting together with our gym buddies to compete and exchange a few conversations. We are now faced with motivating ourselves. How? I don’t know about you but I struggle to self motivate at 6am!
Let’s think of all those benefits that have been mentioned above. Have you previously been exercising and then for whatever reason not lifted a dumbell or even walked to the shops for a couple of weeks? How have you felt? What was it like getting back into exercise? Not great?
They say that the five essential fitness exercises are:-
- Push ups
- Crunches/Sit ups
All of these can be completed in the comfort of your own home so when you feel that you are unable to go out of your house then these are perfect! Remember: these are guidelines and should only be completed if you know how to do them properly. DO NOT attempt to do them if you are unsure.
If you do feel comfortable getting out and about then the best form of simple and easy exercise is WALKING! The pace at which you walk is of course up to you, but they do say that a brisk walk to get the heart rate pumping is better.
As a virtual assistant, we find ourselves sat down a lot all day behind a computer or laptop. This is when it is super important to get up and walk around on a regular basis. Get the blood flowing, do stretches and drink plenty of water.
If you are someone that is sat down a lot during the day behind a computer, like a virtual assistant then don’t just do one set of exercises in the morning, still move around during the rest of the day, still get that blood flowing and DRINK WATER!