Optimize your Health from Home
March 31, 2020
Health is currently on the forefront of everyone’s minds. However, many of us are accustomed to venturing outside of our homes to do the things that keep us healthy - from visiting juice bars to getting our sweat on at the gym. As the current best practices outlined by the government require us to stay home as much as possible, it is crucial now more than ever that we make the most of the space we have at home to stay healthy. We have complied a list of simple ways that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle from the comfort of your home - even after we are able to return to our normal daily routines.
Break a sweat
Regular exercise does more than just help you shed unwanted pounds. Exercise helps improve heart health, boosts your immune system and helps rid the body of toxins through sweating. Additionally, when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins help trigger a positive response in the body that can help you feel happier in times of stress or unease. There are tons of online resources that show you diverse and effective at-home workouts that can be done with no equipment, such as this 30-minute cardio workout or this 20-minute at-home yoga for beginners.
Tip: Get the kids to exercise along with you to help them burn off any extra energy from being home all day.
Treat yourself to a spa day
Our skin is the body’s largest organ, so it’s important that we set aside time to care for it - for men and women alike! Not only does it help reduce signs of aging, but it is a great way to help unwind and relax at home. Take this time to treat yourself to an at home spa day. Mix brown sugar, coconut oil and coffee grounds for a DIY body scrub. Make your own face mask using aloe vera, papaya and honey! Get shiny, healthy locks with a hair treatment made from olive oil and avocado. There are plenty of ways to pamper yourself from the comfort of your own home.
Tip: Get the kids to join in on the fun and take it one step further with fancy cucumber or lemon water!
Cook healthy meals
When you’re spending more time at home than usual, it can be easy to fall into a cycle of unhealthy snacking. While chips, cookies and other refined, processed junk foods satisfy those pesky cravings, they’re going to do more harm than good in the long run. Keep yourself feeling good by cooking healthy meals at home with the family. Cooking is a great way to connect as a family and it will help you ensure that you’re getting all of the nutrients you need to stay healthy and strong. Whether it’s big or small, in a condo or a single-family home, the your kitchen is the best place to get started on your health journey.
Tip: Involve everyone in the picking of recipes to make it feel like even more of a team effort! Searching through websites such as Pinterest or following blogs like Pick Up Limes and Sprouted Kitchen are a great place to start.
Mental health is as important as physical health, which is why it’s just as important to make sure you’re caring for it during stressful times. Meditation and mindfulness exercises are fantastic ways to help instil a feeling of calm and peace, especially if you’re in a stressful place. Take 10 minutes every day to sit down, close your eyes and practice being in the present moment. There are a number of resources online to help you along if you are new to meditation or if you need a little extra push, such as apps like Headspace or Calm.
Tip: If the weather allows for it, take your mindfulness practice outside onto the balcony or in the backyard and soak up some vitamin D from the sun while you take a minute to settle down.
Get some rest
While the extra time at home might make a late-night Netflix binge sound even more inviting, you still have to make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Sleep is important for your mental and physical health, and not getting enough can unleash havoc on your immune system. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep each night to make sure you are well-rested and prepared to take on each day.
Tip: For a restful sleep, make the room as dark as possible by covering up any lights from electronics, and try not to eat for at least 3 hours before going to bed.
Connect with loved ones
While social and physical distancing are important ways for us to help flatten the curve in the wake of COVID-19, it is crucial that we don’t disconnect entirely. Set aside some time to call friends and family to check-in, especially those who are by themselves at this time. Sticking together as a community is more important now than ever, even if we physically must stay apart.
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