In this period of isolation, it’s super important to keep fit. Not just physically fit but mentally and emotionally too. Many of us have seen our gyms close or our sports activities canceled, leaving us all a bit lost. Some of you may have been intending to get fit and now you feel you can’t.
We all have the power to do something about the way we feel and how we experience this lockdown, we just need a little drive and commitment to get us going.
Start by thinking about your diet, is the food you put into your body going to help you feel fit and alert? How can you squeeze in a little more veg? It’s very much the case that the fuel you put into your body results in the production which comes out or lack of. For example, if you put the wrong fuel into a car, it would most likely breakdown. This is the same for people. Bad fuel = poorer performance, good fuel = increased performance and production.
I’ve recently been enjoying Jamie Oliver’s ‘Veg’ and ‘Keep on cooking’ series’. I love how he is able to make vegetables the star of the show without compromising the meal. If anything, he makes the food look so exciting and vibrant, you can’t help but want to cook it yourself. And what’s even better is, it’s really simple stuff!
I know it’s easy to say ‘that’s it, we’re on a diet from now on’, but in reality, it’s quite tough. If you are anything like me, you probably aren’t a massive fan of cooking and when you do cook you like to get it done as quickly as possible. Bish-Bash-Bosh! So you regurgitate the same meal plan over and over. To wipe these meals off the table and start totally afresh with new recipes is hard work and daunting. So don’t do it. Just set yourself a little target, perhaps commit to swapping out three of your usual meals for something new each week. Then when you feel more confident, you can look to swap out a few more. If you are having a crazy week and revert back to the easy, time and again meals, that’s okay. Give yourself a break and then get on it again.
Building up to eating more healthily can make the process less stressful and actually enjoyable. Hopefully, you’ll begin to notice how you feel after a good meal, compared to how you feel after a not so nutritious meal, which will spur you onto to want to eat more of the good and swap out the bad.
A little positive step like this might be all you need to start considering how you can work on your physical fitness whilst at home. My tip to you would be to find something you enjoy doing, whether that’s salsa, an online class or Joe Wicks PE workout! Commit to a time that you’ll complete the workout, don’t put it off until the last thing in the day. It’s likely you’ll have tired yourself out by then with procrastination!
For me, I find working out just before lunch a good time. I used to hit the gym after work but now I am home working I actually feel more tired at the end of the day, as I am less active throughout the day. Around 12 pm I complete a short, 40 min workout in the kitchen or go for a jog around the block. I have found this actually wakes me up for the afternoon and helps me to structure my day better.
If you would like to read more about fitness, check out our recent blog post ‘Isolation exercises you can do at home’. This gives you a short, 30 minute, Tabata routine you can do at home with nothing but some water and a timer. Have a look and start making a difference to how you feel today.