Our new reality involves spending a lot of time at home. While this may be great, it thoroughly disrupts your daily routine. Without a routine, it can be easy to fall into bad habits that will wreck your health. Fortunately, maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is possible even at home.
Try following these five tips for a healthy lifestyle.
- Create a daily schedule
While staying home, it can be easy to just let ourselves go. You have nowhere to go, so why not watch TV all night and sleep all day? This may sound great, but you will soon regret it. Create a daily schedule to guide you through your day; this will be good for your physical and mental health.
Set a bedtime and a time to wake up, cut time out for exercising, set aside time to work on some personal goals, and always eat meals at the right times. A schedule will give your day order, and you will get a mental boost from smashing all those little goals you set out.
- Make exercising a habit
You must have heard this a thousand times over, but physical activity is important for everyone. Whether you are skinny, fat, tall or short, you need to find a way to be active.
Being home all the time is the easiest way to develop a sedentary lifestyle which comes with its own disadvantages. Regular physical activity will help you burn those extra calories, improve cardiovascular and circulatory health, improve your focus and concentration, and enhance your general well-being.
You don’t need to become a top athlete, just incorporate as much movement as possible into your day. Use the stairs instead of the lifts, join a virtual fitness class, walk or cycle instead of using a car or bus.
- Take care of your mental health
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. While staying home with limited activities to do, it can be easy to spend all day on social media or overly ingesting negative news and information from the News.
These are good things to do but in moderation. Remember to take frequent breaks from social media, news channels, and even from work if you are working from home. Employ stress and anxiety-reducing strategies such as meditation and getting adequate sleep.
If you do not have insurance, invest in health insurance. This reduces your health-related anxiety.
- Maintain a balanced diet
Your diet plays a major role in maintaining your health while you are staying home. It is easy to binge eat or stress eat without regulation when you are home, but you have to hold yourself accountable and eat healthily.
Make sure to:
Drink enough water and associated fluids. Drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day, more if the weather is hot or you are active.
Reduce your intake of saturated fats and trans-fats.
Reduce your salt and sugar intake.
Don’t skip meals. When you skip meals, you are likely to eat more.
Eat enough, whole carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables.
- Get a good night’s sleep
Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Adequate sleep does more than enhancing your beauty; it also helps you handle stress, lowers your risk of heart disease, and enhances focus and concentration. Poor sleep has numerous negative effects on the body, such as low productivity and headaches.
A healthy lifestyle includes mental, emotional, and physical fitness. A healthy lifestyle reduces your risk of developing chronic diseases, and you feel good mentally when you take care of yourself and your health.