Coronavirus has kept us at home, putting our daily activities at a halt. Some other activities still continue in a limited manner forming some changes in our life. These changes have also developed into a bad habit of less movement and eating more while releasing their stress feeling trapped at home.
A new Fitbug study was published about how many Americans are swarming Twitter with the hashtag #quarantineweight or #quarantine15. They are complaining about their suffering from weight gain, which leads to depression, stress, and lack of sleep. These cycling problems need to stop, and we have the opportunity to take care of our well-being, both mental and nutritional. It is time to set new priorities and redirect all food we eat that affects our physical and psychological well-being. Follow some of these lifestyle changes so that you can achieve a strong body and a healthy mind during this crazy pandemic time.
Eat Healthy Food Consistently
Eat a meal every 3-4 hours during the day to keep your blood sugar level or eating habits stable. It can also support your metabolism. Put fruit and vegetable in half of your meal, and the other half is divided into two. First-quarter is lean protein from fish or beans, and the other is whole-grains. You are allowed to eat snacks, but it should a healthy choice consisting of a protein such as hummus, nut butter, or turkey and a more complex carbohydrate such as whole pieces of toast, celery, or vegetables.
Drink Water Throughout the Day
Drink more water along the day to keep your body hydrated. Your body is 60% of water, and it helps regulate body temperature and functions. Drinking water helps the body eliminate toxins and waste products through sweat, breathing, and urine. If you are even slightly dehydrated, you may feel hungry after wishing for water. Try drinking eight glasses (two liters) of water during the day, and start one after waking up in the morning.
Seven or eight hours of sleep a night is ideal for adults. These sleeping hours can make you feel fuller than usual when you sleep, making the ghrelin hunger hormone decreases. When you have sleep deprivation, your food choices are usually rich in sugar, fat, and sodium. Start to get you a proper quality sleep by putting alarm an hour prior to your bedtime. Create a room at night that is free of your electrical devices to reduce the response time to social media and emails during the day from your bed.
Do Exercise Regularly
Do exercise regularly is essential to get more movement for your body. You can start with 30 minutes exercise of aerobic or pilates five times a week, and include weight training exercises in two or more days. Those exercises will help you reducing a sedentary lifestyle, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, cancer, anxiety, and obesity. Put an alarm and note in your calendar for exercise so you will not miss it, just like how you have an appointment with a doctor.
Keep Being Positive
Being positive is vital to stimulate your ease of mind. Stay motivated and committed to eat and plan your snacks. Think about what you can eat, not what you cannot eat. Also, weigh yourself every week because doing it every day can lead to frustration and a lack of motivation. In 24 hours, a change in weight can always happen due to water fluctuations, so day to day measurement will not be useful. If you want to measure your body weight regularly, choose precisely one day and time during the week to do it.