For active Boomers, being restricted to your home for whatever reason can feel stifling. It’s hard when you can’t visit friends, go running in parks, or go to the gym. You may be feeling that all your hard work for fitness has gone out the window. But, no matter what is keeping you inside it’s possible to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. 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 if you can’t get to a gym or a park, it can limit how and where you workout.
Thankfully, there are plenty 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 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. Some have regular challenges so you can stay on top of your game even if you’re stuck at home.
Ensure your diet provides everything you need
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 if your usual exercise activity is limited, you’ll find that the calories gained from that meal aren’t burned off as easily.
Your diet should provide you with all the nutrients you need to be healthy, so make sure it’s as balanced as possible.
It’s worth mentioning alcohol here too. Indulging in an occasional glass of wine now and then on the weekend is fine — it’s how many of us relax and unwind. But remember, that your 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 don’t have to work tomorrow doesn’t mean it’s time to crack open a bottle of booze. If you drink in moderation, your body will thank you for it.
Listen to your body
It’s important 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 more serious than you think.
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 a dangerous virus: shortness of breath, for instance, or hot flushes of high temperatures.
If you’re ever in doubt, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Build structure into your day
Having to stay at home can throw your usual routines into disarray.
Where you may have woke up earlier, had a good breakfast, and went for a walk before leaving the house for work, having nothing to do can make you feel unraveled.
Routine is crucial for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. If your old routine is disrupted, build a new one 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 and be productive.
Have you had to change your lifestyle habits because you can’t leave your home? Please leave a comment below.