Staying Fit and Healthy Under Quarantine

24.03.2020
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You’re stuck at home. Maybe you’re working from home or homeschooling your kids, or maybe you are just dying of boredom, feeling like a prisoner in your own home! With stress and feeling confined also comes emotional eating and fatigue.

You have a choice. You can panic and eat and drink too much, or you can decide to reset your bodies and focus on YOU.  Take this time when you might have a little bit more time, a little less on your work plate and better yourself.  Don’t obsess over watching the news.  Improve your health so you can survive COVID-19 if you catch it and/or be healthier and stronger on the other side of this thing.

Sleep: Best way to maintain a good immune system is to get a good night’s sleep. If you’re working from home you don’t have the time of the commute so maybe you can catch more ZZZ’s.  Every single cell in your body relies on sleep.  Every single system in your body relies on sleep.  And it’s not just about the quantity, but the quality.  To get the best quality, keep room temp cool (65 degrees!), absolute silence (or white noise), absence of devices, absolute darkness, and try to keep the same sleep schedule day to day.  Of course avoid the caffeine and alcohol!  This is the BEST use of 19 minutes you will have all week:  Watch this TED talk titled Sleep is Your Superpower by Matt Walker.

Nutrition:   Much of your immune system is dependent on good gut health. Eat your fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins. I know, you’ve heard it all before. But really DO it this time!  Maybe you can try new recipes, go off sugar, have a “dry” month off alcohol, reduce your caffeine intake, and lose a few pounds.  Plan ahead, batch cook, and pack snacks to properly fuel yourself throughout the day.

Consider immune boosting supplements. Because so much of our immune system starts in the gut, I always recommend a good probiotic, antioxidants, and of course Omega-3. Consider this Immune Boosting Pack from Common Sense Supplements. If you use the code “dietdiva” you will get free shipping.

Stay Fit! The biggest reason people give for not exercising is that they don’t have time. If you don’t have a commute right now, kids don’t need to be dropped at school, it might be that you might actually have a bit more time. But do you have the motivation? How can you stay fit? Let me count the ways!

Get outside! Keep your distance from others but walk, bike, jog, swim, or find any other activity to get blood flowing, heart pumping, and muscles working.

Take advantage of online/app FREE or reduced price workouts:
Johnson & Johnson Official 7 minute workout.
Daily Burn: Free for 60 days
Peloton: Free for 90 days
BeachBody: $99/year but can try “risk free”

For the kids:

You have got to check out SPIDERfitKids.  My friend Brett Klika, personal trainer extraordinaire, has tons of videos with activities to get the kids MOVING!

Make small purchases online (Amazon has many options):
Resistance Bands
Stability ball
Exercise Mat

Even though there are times when I want to just grab the bag of chocolate and sit down and have a good cry as I watch the news, I am making a choice every single day.  I am choosing to get up and exercise.  I am choosing to get the kids out moving and getting fresh air.  I am choosing to grow STRONGER during this pandemic!

Tara Collingwood
MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N
Tara is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition, fitness, and health promotion and is quoted in a variety of media including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and websites.

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