Okay, so we’re in this for the long haul. Luckily, Scott Harrison, founder of The Six Pack Revolution online health, fitness and personal development programme has shared his top tips for keeping your mind and body fit and healthy while working at home and isolating.
In the challenging times we face, things can begin to feel overwhelming for many of us and we may struggle to set a routine and stick to it. But, given the current world situation, it is more important than ever for us to look after our mental health. With more working at home, there has never been a better time to work on yourself. However, with gyms and fitness establishments closed it can be difficult to know where to start. Online health, fitness and nutrition programmes are paramount in helping everyone to take care of mind and body.
Every day, allocate yourself a time, just five minutes to begin with and really give yourself that time. Tell yourself that the world will not change, and you are allowed this time for just you. Sit on a comfortable cushion on the floor, a good tip for keeping your back straight is to sit with your back against the sofa or bed and close your eyes. Breathe in through the nose as deep as you can with a slight pause before you exhale all the way out. In your mind try to just focus on your breathing or something that makes you happy and stick with that thought. Try to keep your back straight for a full 5 minutes – it may ache a little but the more you do this the stronger and more comfortable it will become. After a week of this practice every day increase the time to 7 1/2 minutes and then the following week 10 minutes. Keep going until you find your happy time that you like to meditate. Once your back is stronger you will no longer need any support and you can then choose anywhere you wish to practice.
As well as working from home, you need too find workouts you can do from home that are easy to incorporate into your everyday life. HIIT and body weight exercises can be done anywhere.
Online fitness communities
Now is the time to really absorb yourself in a programme. Joining a community in times like these can really help with our mental and emotional health.
Think of it this way, now you will have much more time to prepare your food and experiment with new recipes. Batch cooking several meals in one go is a great way to build up some freezer meals whilst in self-isolation.
Even though you may be stuck at home you must not forget to drink water and hydrate. Try and achieve 3 litres per day, especially if you are active and working out. Looking as always for the positive, if you are at home you have a toilet closely on hand to flush out those toxins.
We must all make sure we get the best night’s sleep possible and with all this worry and anxiety you may find that you are struggling to relax and drift off into a deep sleep. The quickest and safest way is to exercise, eat healthily and take some time to wind down, therefore the meditation practice above would be ideal to do before bed, staying off tv and social media.
During these unprecedented times we must try not to focus on the doom and gloom, but instead finding the light in the room and that light can be self-improvement.
Really take this time to reflect and enjoy this time with YOU!