We’ve lived our lives on the road as full-time nomads for 3 years, so we are not strangers to staying healthy while indoors. For years, we’ve worked from home, running our business online while traveling the world. Staying fit without equipment is our norm; hotel rooms and Airbnbs have been our “gyms” for as long as we can remember. Staying healthy in unfamiliar times may not come naturally to most, so we’re here to assure you that maintaining (and even elevating) your wellness journey while in quarantine is completely possible!
If you are someone who has the energy and stamina to use this time to work on your physical health, this article is for you!
Here are 3 Health and Fitness Tips you can use for Quarantine Life!
GET IN A WORKOUT… OUTDOORS!
Remember, we can still move our body outside while honoring and respecting the social distancing rules! Being outdoors is beneficial for so many reasons. Nature is an instant mood enhancer; it keeps things engaging. You breathe better air, and you actually tend to burn more calories!
To encourage you to get outside, try one of the following:
Do a HIIT workout in your backyard.
Take a long walk.
Hike in a new trail in your neighborhood.
Take up running! Let the pavement be your treadmill, and begin to really challenge your body.
Dust off that bike, find a route, and take advantage of the warmer weather.
Head to some outdoor stairs, and use them as your personal StairMaster.
Find a neighborhood bench, and do a bench workout.
Our personal goal is to get outside for just 1 to 2 hours a day! We maintain sanitary guidelines by washing our hands before and after, wearing gloves while out, maintaining distance from people, and avoiding peak hours!
SET AN (ATTAINABLE) WELLNESS GOAL FOR THIS TIME
Have you ever wanted to run a 5K or learn how to do a pull-up/push-up? Have you finally learned how to cook? Now’s the time to set that goal and attain it. Be sure to keep the goal easy and fluid. After all, we have enough pressure with all that’s going on. So, make it fun, make it attainable, and make it wellness-focused. Here are some ideas that you can explore:
Learn how to run 5K (we love the program: Couch to 5K).
Learn how to do a push-up or pull-up. Here’s a fun push-up progression for you.
Learn how to cook! Start with 1 new meal a week. We love companies like Plated, where the cooking kit is delivered to you (with all necessary ingredients).
Learn how to meditate (using an app like HeadSpace, Calm, or one of Deepak Chopra’s many free tools).
Learn how to dance! Take an online hip-hop class that teaches you how to follow choreography.
There are so many things we’ve always wanted to do in wellness, but we have never had the time to do them. Now’s your time to really chip away at those goals—no matter how big or small.
CLEAN OUT THAT PANTRY… NOW
We hate to break it to you, but now is not the time to have unhealthy food at arm’s reach. We are in times of high stress and volatile emotions—having bags of chips, boxes of cookies, and quarts of ice cream isn’t going to serve anyone.
It’s common knowledge that the average person reaches for food to help comfort them in times of emotional despair. Given our current climate (and spending 98% of our time at home), having those foods easily accessible increases our likelihood of binge/emotional eating. So, do yourself a favor and fill your fridge with fresh produce and foods that will serve you! You’ll feel better in the long run, and you’ll strengthen the incredible muscle of self-control.
Trust that this time is gifted to us for a reason. There aren’t many things in our control these days, but one thing that is in our control is how we treat the thing that truly matters most—our health. So, we encourage you to take the time to (as best as you can) seize this opportunity.
No matter how big or small, take one of the tips above, and aim to implement it this week. Then, next week, see how you can improve by just a little bit. Now may not be the time to overdo it, friends, but little by little, we can take steps toward living a healthier lifestyle. We can come out of this on top; we truly believe it.
If this situation has shown us anything, it’s that health is true wealth. Let’s do the things in our power to make sure we prioritize it.