For active boomers, this lockdown can feel downright stifling. Unable to leave the house and visit friends, go running in parks, or go to the gym, it can feel like all your hard work for fitness has gone out the window. But it is possible to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle in self-isolation. Read on to discover how.
Lean on free resources to maintain your workout regimen and a healthy lifestyle
Many of us rely on outdoor spaces or gyms for our workouts. But with gyms closed and access to parks and other public spaces restricted, it can limit how and where we workout.
Thankfully, there are a plethora of online exercise programs that you can follow to stay fit and healthy without ever leaving the house. The most basic of these include a number of free workout videos on YouTube that you can do yourself at home.
These cover everything from cardiovascular workouts to weights and calisthenics, and all can be performed within the comfort of your own home.
Many of these are specifically geared towards people of certain ages too, including those who are over 50.
And it’s not just videos either. There is a wide range of apps available for women to use at home too. These have the added benefit of letting you track your activity, so you can monitor your progress over time. Many have regular challenges too so you can stay on top of your game even if you’re self-isolating.
Ensure your diet provides everything you need
During the lockdown, it might be worth pivoting your diet to account for the reduction in physical exercise and the increase in sedentary activity.
For instance, you might enjoy the odd fast food indulgence here and there during normal times. But with your usual exercise activity limited by the lockdown, you might find that the calories gained from that meal aren’t burned off as easily.
If you already have a healthy, balanced diet, that’s great. But if all this is new to you, it’s worth swapping out weekday treats for salads and keeping treats for the weekends only.
Your diet should provide you with all the nutrients you need to be healthy, so make sure your diet is as balanced as possible (given restrictions on food items and store opening times).
It’s worth mentioning alcohol here too. Indulging in the odd glass of wine here or there at a weekend is fine — it’s how many of us relax and unwind. But as the lockdown keeps us all inside, that Friday night glass can easily turn into a nightly habit.
Be mindful of how much you drink and impose restrictions on when you do it. Just because you haven’t got work tomorrow doesn’t mean it’s a chance to crack open a bottle of red! Everything in moderation, and your body will thank you for it.
Listen to your body
It’s important during the lockdown to be mindful of your body and its rhythms. You know your body better than anyone, and you’ll know when it’s in good working order — and when it’s not.
Beyond the usual coughs and colds, there are also other health conditions that can be confused for COVID-19.
Take migraines, for instance. Many sufferers take medication to combat these intense headaches. But research shows that some side effects include symptoms similar to those of COVID-19: shortness of breath, for instance, or hot flushes of high temperatures.
Consequently, it can be easy to confuse COVID-19 for something else entirely. In short, be mindful of what you put in your body.
While you shouldn’t eschew your vital medication altogether, be conscious of what effect it can have on you and compare it against the symptoms of the coronavirus to be sure.
If you’re ever in doubt, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Build structure into your day
One of the biggest impacts of the lockdown is that it has thrown our usual routines into disarray.
Where before we might have risen early, had a good breakfast, and gone out for a walk before leaving the house for work, the new restrictions imposed upon us mean all that has gone out the window.
Routine is crucial for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. While the lockdown has impacted that, it doesn’t mean you should stop having a routine altogether. Instead, you should build a new routine that incorporates your new diet, workout, and other habits into it.
Rise at the same time every day and go to bed at the same time too. Having a structure for your day does more than just help you follow healthy habits — it also fosters positive thinking and boosts your mood too. It prevents you from feeling lost in your own home, so you can hit the ground running once the lockdown finally lifts.
The world we’re living in right now is unlike anything many of us have ever experienced before. But despite the restrictions and measures imposed upon us, it is still possible to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Follow the tips above and build a daily routine that keeps you at your best during the lockdown.