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How to Stay Fit During a Pandemic

Putting It in Perspective

Let’s face it.  No one was prepared for the unprecedented events of 2020.  But the world as we once knew it is no longer the world we live in today and unfortunately for the foreseeable future.  So, what does that do for one’s health and well-being.  It means we have to make adjustments in terms of exercise, eating and keeping active while social distancing.  How do we do that?

First:  Make Better Choices

In order to maintain your weight, you need to burn as many calories as you consume.  The problem with that strategy is most people overestimate the amount of activity and calories they burn and underestimate the number of calories they consume.  The good news is cooking at home has its distinct advantages.  You are in control over which quality ingredients you select and condiments that you choose to add or not to add.  You are in control over your portion sizes.  You are in control over how you choose to prepare your meals:  grilling vs. frying or steaming, as an example.  The bad news is that when working from home you are in close proximity to your refrigerator, cupboards, pantries, etc. Plain and simple, you need to be cognizant of your choices of food and drinks and remember the healthier the better.

Second:  Be Flexible

Many of our go-to activities have been made obsolete or severely restricted.  If 2020 has taught us nothing else, it is how important flexibility is in maintaining good physical and mental health.  Evaluate new options. Maybe look at mastering a new sport like yoga.  You can perform this activity in the comfort of your own home.  You may see results in both physical and mental health, increased energy and improved strength and flexibility.  Walking is a great option for keeping your heart healthy and not damaging knees and other joints.  Running and biking are other great cardiovascular activities you can do by yourself or with your immediate family. And remember that Sensoria Run’s artificial intelligence coach Mara can help you to improve your running form!

Third: Sleep! Both Quality and Quantity Matter.

Not everything has changed in our lives.  In order to keep your body and your mind in check, a good night’s sleep is key.  While we have become even more digitally connected and wired during these times, it is important to understand that quality as well as quantity are important in terms of sleeping habits.  So, resist the urge to check your phone and email repeatedly or watch your screens right before going to sleep, take time to reduce stress, decompress and enjoy the 24/7 that you are now enjoying (or not) with your family!

In conclusion, and to reiterate, no one knew what was coming in 2020 or what to expect when COVID-19 hit the world.  What I do know and hope you recognize too; you do have the ability to make the best of the situation.  As one of the people who inspires me most, Garrison Redd, once said, when life hands you lemons, you must learn quickly how to make lemonade.    

Be safe and healthy!

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