We may be currently stuck at home due to the 21-day lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic but it is very important to have a fitness regime in place. Our immune system works effectively when it flushes out bacteria from our lungs and airways, increases white blood cell counts, and raises our body temperature.
While we are at home and we try to learn one skill or the other, cooking has emerged as one of the top favorites among the lot. A healthy diet can help in reducing the chances of cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, obesity, as well as depression and anxiety. As long as we keep the processed foods that are high in sugar at arm’s length and follow a diet that comprises complex carbohydrates that are found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, we will be on the road to good health.
Maintaining a proper sleep cycle should be a top priority during this period. A good night of sleep will help our bodies repair its cells, clear toxins, consolidate our memories, and process information. Sleep deprivation can have major health impacts such as negatively affecting our psychological health and emotional intelligence. For most people, six to nine hours of sleep per night is enough.
While working out in the open is not an option now, there are a lot of home workouts that can keep our physical and mental health in optimum condition. You can also walk up and down the staircase in your home or building (if you have one), jog in one place, and do jumping jacks, sit-ups, and push-ups at home. You can also take out your skipping rope and start skipping in an open area in your home.
Don’t work at the dinner table (or eat at your desk)
“It’s all too easy to make lunch, go back to where you’ve been working all morning, and eat while doing e-mails. Stress affects digestion: when you’re in fight-or-flight mode, your body moves blood from the gut to the working muscles and the brain. Eating in a relaxed environment helps to activate your parasympathetic, ‘rest-and-digest’ nervous system.
“Meditation is not about banishing the trials and tribulations – we practice so that when the bad days inevitably come, we have built some resilience. Returning our attention to the present shrinks the brain’s fear center, the amygdala. And when we are present, often we will discover that many of our problems are imaginary, freeing up time and energy to deal with real issues that may be at hand. The breath is always arising in the present, so use it as an anchor. Each time you find your attention wandering, bring it back to the next breath. Don’t be concerned if thoughts are persisting.