Due to COVID-19, many of us are spending much more time at home trying to find new ways to adjust to this new life. It can be hard to adapt to this new lifestyle of unfamiliar territory, especially when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. Read on for tips on how to lead a healthy lifestyle during a pandemic.

  1. Get Enough Sleep
    • While leading a healthy lifestyle, getting enough sleep can be just as crucial as your diet and exercise. Lack of sleep can be very detrimental to our overall health, so try and get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. 
    • Research shows that missing as little as an hour and a half of sleep can have an impact on your alertness. So don’t try and get by with 5 hours of sleep because you will be sure to pay for it the next day.
    • When you sleep, your body rests, and your brain remains active and gets recharged, preparing for the following day. With a lack of sleep, your brain will have a hard time absorbing and recalling new information, so make sure to get sleep to keep that mind sharp!
    • Along with exercise and nutrition, getting quality sleep is one of the pillars of health. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep will help improve your immune function as well. You cannot achieve optimal health without adequate sleep. 

  1. Stay Hydrated
    • Our bodies depend on water to survive. Water accounts for about 60% of our bodies, and it’s recommended to drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. So it is crucial to stay hydrated, especially now during a time when there is a virus going around. 
    • Drinking fluids helps maintain the function of every system in our body, such as the heart, brain, and muscles. 
    • Bring your reusable water bottle everywhere you go (considering there are not many places to venture to, this shouldn’t be too hard)! By doing this, you will be sure to stay hydrated and know how much water you’re consuming.

  1. Get Active
    • It is essential to make sure you are staying active to warrant a healthy mind and body. Whether you go for a walk around the block, turn up the tunes and dance around, or do an online virtual class, there are many options to get active.
    • Yes, we know it is probably super tempting and a lot easier to binge your favorite series on the couch; however, this routine will negatively affect your health and well-being. 
    • Be patient with yourself, there are days where it can be hard to motivate ourselves, but a little exercise is far better than no exercise at all. We are living in a challenging time, and any physical activity is a step in the right direction. 
    • Below is a list of exercise classes and resources you can utilize to stay more active:
      1. Slash Fitness
        • If you’re ready to get your heart rate going, Slash fitness is the workout to do! Slash Fitness is a combination of traditional style lifting and high-intensity interval training. They are now offering 45-minute live stream ZOOM classes 6 days a week. Check out their Facebook page here. Now you can work out from the comfort of your own home!
      2. Core Power Yoga
        • Yoga is a perfect tool to help you decompress and ease your mind during this stressful time. Core Power Yoga is offering its on-demand exercise and wellness classes for free. Click here if you’re all about the namaste!
      3. Pinterest
        • Pinterest is a great resource to find free workout routines and can be done from just about anywhere!
      4. The Peloton App
        • Pelton app is free for 90 days and is offering strength training, toning, yoga, core, and meditation.

  1. Eat a Balanced Diet
    • Eating healthy can be hard when you don’t have time to cook; however, with all this extra time on (most) of our hands, there’s more time to focus on what we’re putting in our body. 
    • It can be tempting to reach for your favorite salty snack because of boredom, and a few chips or pretzels are okay, but many people may have a hard time putting the bag down once it’s open. Too many of these processed foods can have a detrimental effect on our bodies. 
    • Processed foods such as baked goods or frozen pizza contain a lot of simple carbohydrates that create a yo-yo effect on our blood sugar. Because these foods digest quickly, it can cause you to overeat.
    • Below are tips to help you eat a balanced diet:
      1. Make a daily meal plan
      2. Utilize food apps to stay connected
      3. Plan your grocery runs
      4. Load up on fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and proteins
      5. Plan and enjoy an occasional comfort food

We want to help you get on track to a healthier and better you! Fitness coach and health guru, Gregg Avedon put together a 41-page health guide outlining a nutrition plan, easy-to-make recipes, as well as workouts to get you on track. If you are interested in gaining FREE access to this Health plan, provide your information below!