When the pandemic arrived, many people did not know which direction it would take.
Little did we know that along with wearing masks and social distancing, we would be expected to stay in our homes.
Our daily tasks have taken a back seat while our minds are trying to sort through the vast amounts of information the news provides.
With a lot to take in mentally, we have let our exercise routines be almost completely forgotten.
As time has gone on with truly little change, it is more important than ever to bring back some form of normality starting with our physical needs.
When individuals are overwhelmed with stress, it is hard to get that push.
Keeping your body and mind well during the pandemic.
Follow these four motivational ways to feel more grounded.
Statista.com reported that 27% of respondents were exercising less often because of the crisis.
Instead of focusing on the reasons that keep us from moving, let us focus on the mental benefits of exercise.
By making our bodies move, we allow our minds to reset.
This can be as simple as doing chores, dancing to music, or walking around your neighborhood.
Often when we feel bogged down by our thoughts, we get in a slump.
Our bodies take in all that stress with no outlet.
When our moods are low, it can lead to severe depression bringing along with it another host of problems.
If things are stagnant, we often become bored and lazy, making it harder to stay motivated.
However, if the body is tired from exercising, it gives the mind a chance to relax.
If it is hard to take that first step, try doing an exercise that you like.
When we engage in activities we enjoy, we feel a sense of accomplishment.
Prevents sedentary disease—
Sedentary disease is defined as a lifestyle with a lot of sitting and lying down, with little to no exercise.
Since the pandemic began, it has been reported that now, more than ever, Americans have adapted heavily to this lifestyle.
Sedentary activities look like the following:
Sitting for long periods working on computers
Watching television for more than one hour
Socializing by phone in an inactive state
Playing video games for a good portion of the day
Avoids weight gain—
When our bodies become accustomed to non-mobile activities, our brains crave nutrition.
This is where weight gain takes a turn.
The Washington Post newspaper reported that “many sugar cravings stem from a blood sugar imbalance.
When the body ingests sugar, the blood sugar spikes and the body releases insulin to lower it to a safer level.
The body craves food that will raise it and increase energy.
Much of the same is said about salt cravings.
However, these two combined over a relatively short period of time creates unwanted weight gain.
Instead of reaching for a short term high, try these snacks as an alternative to achieve a natural high and create enough energy to do some form of active exercise:
Apple slices with peanut butter
Avocado with whole grain toast
By keeping your mind and body healthier, it allows you to cope with the current pandemic in a more rational and evenly grounded lifestyle.
Let us take a final look at some exercises that will get you started:
Do the dishes or laundry (do a little dancing too)
Walk around your neighborhood
Go to the grocery store
Utilize free workouts from the internet to use at home
Do a short hike in the parks
Park further away from the front door of stores (this little bit of exercise helps)
Call a friend and meet for a jog