Social distancing sure has changed a lot in our daily routines, including our eating habits…
What kind of changes have you made to your eating habits? Good changes, we hope!
Now that we’re staying at home, we have a lot of time to think about, prepare, and consume food. Recipes online are readily available and we have time to practice cooking and preparing – let’s use that advantage to prepare healthy and hearty food!
Choose recipes that call for ingredients that are fresh and good for you. Examples of healthy ingredients include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fats, and plant and animal-based proteins. Stay away from ingredients with high fat, salt, and sugar.
Other things to consider when eating healthy at this time are your portioning and frequency. Best tip on that? Eat frequently in small portions! (But make sure you take in healthy stuff!)
“If you start taking care of your health now, you will start seeing and feeling results one day earlier than if you start tomorrow.” -Karen Salmansohn
Why is staying active important during this time?
Getting active is very important nowadays, especially since data shows the coronavirus is more troublesome for the immunocompromised. Being active helps keep the immune system healthy and is a great mood booster. Staying active keeps one positive, which reduces stress and improves sleep, all of which also contribute to a strong immune system.
Are there physical activities I need to avoid?
You can continue to do many of the activities you love, but you might have to make some adjustments to be safe.
- Do you love group fitness classes? Try streaming a group workout online in your home.
- Are you used to lifting weights at a gym and don’t have any at home? Get creative! Try lifting canned goods or laundry detergent. Or try some bodyweight exercises — they can help you build strength, just like lifting weights.
- Are team sports your thing? Find an open space to practice your individual skills.
Just be sure to avoid social gatherings, keep your distance from others, and practice good hygiene.
How much activity do adults need?
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need a mix of activities to stay healthy, including at least:
- 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week
- 2 days of muscle-strengthening activity a week
During stressful times, it’s important to remember that some physical activity is better than none! Adults should move more and sit less throughout the day. If you’re working from home, try taking activity breaks throughout the day or walking around your house during conference calls.