5 Health Resolutions You Should Keep in the Pandemic and Beyond
Are you spring cleaning your lifestyle? For some, that means it’s time to break out the running shoes and blenders to get back on track with health and wellness goals.
But what about the pandemic? If you’re still hesitant to go back to the gym, yoga studio, or health food store, a few home health and fitness tips (like the ones presented below by Enova Cosmetics) to overcome these obstacles.
De-Stress Your Home
Home should offer respite from stress. If yours feels a bit negative, you can improve it by clearing out clutter, cleaning up, and opening a few windows. All of that fresh and organized space will bring some much-needed positivity and stress relief into your routine. You may even begin to notice that your family members or flatmates are arguing and complaining less.
You may also consider feng shui, the practice of arranging items in living spaces to create balance with the natural world; the goal is to harness energy forces and establish harmony between an individual and their environment. This does not require a lot of time or money, just some forethought. You can start with decluttering and cleaning around the doorway, which is where good energy enters the home according to the practice, and it ensures your first and last moments at home aren’t laden with subconscious stress. Then clean the windows throughout the house, and add a few plants. You’ll want to create open and accessible spaces and unobstructed pathways.
Pursue Your Goals
It may be getting fit, bettering relationships, or getting out of debt -- whatever you want to achieve is certainly doable, but no one can do it but you. If there’s a goal you’ve been putting off for a while, now’s the time to put some feet to the dream. Maybe it’s going back to school for your master’s degree, something you’ve considered to advance your career or give your earnings a boost. Whatever your interest, make sure it’s something you’re truly passionate about — especially if it requires you to take a big step. Instead of rushing into this decision, take a moment to pause and seriously consider your goals; this way, you’ll know for sure if it’s something you want to pursue.
If you’re diving into a fitness program, it’s vital to start slowly. This is especially true if you’re recovering from an illness or injury, a senior, have a disability, or if you are new to exercise. In any of those instances, you should also consider partnering with a personal trainer or coach.
For best results, keep your goals attainable and measurable. Rather than simply thinking, “I’m going to start exercising,” think in terms of particular and practical milestones. Think, “I’m going to walk briskly for 20 minutes today.” You can monitor your progress by using a smartphone app, like Runtastic or My Fitness Pal, and note many of these apps work on a fitness watch. Busy lives require convenience, so use a wireless charger to quickly power up your phone or watch by simply placing it atop the charging pad; no need for cords or worrying about platform compatibility, as both Apple- and Android-based devices are supported.
Clean Up Your Diet
Aside from the need for masks, as Verywell Mind notes, the pandemic has also brought about a lot of stress-eating. You shouldn’t be too hard on yourself since times have been so uncertain, but you also shouldn’t be taking this unhealthy habit into the new year. Not if you want to achieve your health and fitness goals, that is. If you tend to reach for comfort foods when things get stressful, meal prepping may be the perfect solution. Then you can have healthier alternatives on hand to help you. Studies have shown that using smaller plates can help you keep food portions reasonable, too.
Get Out of Your Chair
Taking it easy every now and then is okay, but Prevention points out that sitting too much can put your health and well-being at risk. You could end up with back and neck problems, obesity and weight issues, or even more deadly consequences like cancer and blood clots.
Try replacing two hours of sitting with standing or some home workouts to fend off these effects. There are plenty of bodyweight exercises that you can do almost anywhere. The best part about these exercise options? You won’t need any pricey weights or fitness equipment for them to be effective.
The pandemic shouldn’t keep you from your health and wellness goals. In fact, the changes you make at home and in your everyday routine will have more of an impact on the way you look and feel, both now and in the long run. Focus on these simple tweaks and you will be setting yourself up for success, no matter what the future holds.
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