At this time, when we are spending more time at home, it is vital to prioritize both your mental health and your physical health. Here are some ideas for staying fit, and sane, while exercising social distancing from home.
Establish a Routine
Establishing a routine that allows alternatives for “new” day-to-day activities is important. Although our “normal” routines have changed, they have not gone completely.
Whatever you do, resist the urge to sleep the day away. Going to bed and waking up at about the same time every day is part of the key to great, healthy sleep. Don’t stay in your pajamas all day long. Take a shower and make yourself a balanced breakfast every morning. If you want to stay positive, find a routine you can maintain.
To help you keep your circulation moving and avoid stiff muscles and joints, set a reminder on your phone to get up and stretch at regular intervals during your awake time.
This is also a good time to start daily yoga or stretch sessions. We will gladly give you some recommendations, you just need to ask at your next adjustment. Alternatively you can do some research for a routine to suit your goals and activity level. It will certainly be better than sitting around all day, every day, even if you just spend a short time stretching.
Workout at Home
Are you missing going to the gym or are you using this time to finally get fit? You can still establish a workout routine to keep active and fit, even without any workout equipment. We can recommend some at-home exercises for you and health and fitness experts are sharing more exercises than ever. You will find an assortment of videos and articles on the internet showing what exercises to do and how to do them. Just search for equipment-free workouts.
At last, a chance to tackle that hobby you always told yourself you would try if you just had the time. It is particularly important that you find a hobby that gets you moving, even if it is just small movements, which is great for dexterity and arthritis. How about trying one of these:
- Candle making
- Furniture restoration
- Music making
It may seem overwhelming to spend so much time at home, but if you set your mind right you can take this chance to try new hobbies and health routines that you didn’t have time for previously. An active mind and body create a healthy mind and body. Just ask during your next appointment at Innovative Chiropractic for more ideas on how to make the most of your time at home.