In an effort to “flatten the curve,” Americans have been staying home for the last month. Telecommuting and homeschooling to keep a sense of normalcy to our routines and daily life while not being able to go out in public for things other than the essentials.
However, this inevitable change in routine brings a sense of uncertainty to many. What can be tricky is maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time of isolation and social distancing. Gyms and parks are closed, activity centers have shut their doors, and many restaurants have paused daily operations.
Staying Healthy at Home
General health practices are the best way to stay healthy and safe during the worldwide pandemic.
1. Eat a Balanced Diet
There are no “superfoods” that can prevent COVID-19. But eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein is the most effective way to get the essential nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and to help normal immune suppression. Being at home can often lead to snacking, so it is important to choose healthy snacks like nuts, fruits, and healthy fats.
2. Virtual Exercise Classes
Keeping a regular exercise routine can help boost your mood and overall health while staying home. There are plenty of exercises and workouts that require little-to-none equipment, making them very easy to do at home. If traditional exercise is not something that works for your lifestyle, we compiled a list of various activities and things to do that will help your body stay healthy and functional.
3. Keep Your House Clean
A clean environment helps reduce the risk of bacteria and germs spreading. If you do venture out to the grocery store or pharmacy, keep in mind that others may not be as diligent about not spreading germs. Reduce germs in your home:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after returning home
- Disinfect surfaces daily – including door knobs, light switches, remote controls, sinks, and toilets.
4. Hydration is Important
Staying hydrated is important for your overall health. Fluid intake helps your body function properly in order to ward off any unwanted germs or bacteria, as well as viruses and infections. If you struggle with drinking the proper amount of water daily, try some of these tips:
- Drink a glass of water before each meal
- Infuse water with fruit or natural flavoring
- Use a large water bottle to track how much water you’re drinking
- Replace soda or coffee with water or seltzer
5. Boost Vitamin D
Getting sun and increasing your vitamin D intake is great for your immune system. Sit by open windows or sunny places. Get fresh air and talk a walk outside for low-impact exercise and Vitamin D. As parks and walking paths become available once again, commit to go outside at least twice a week. Be sure to maintain proper social distancing (6+ feet apart from others).
Being at home for extended periods of time can affect your mental, physical, and emotional health. Reaching out for emotional support is just as important during this time as your physical health, so utilize technology to call friends and family and stay in touch with your loved ones.
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