“Mens sana in corpore sano” (healthy mind in healthy body) is an old motto that works just as well today
With the challenges of working from home and limited access to gyms and other sport facilities, many of us find it hard to stick to a workout routine. You may be missing a motivating instructor, you might get bored by the workouts on your own
Yet even a small amount of activity can make a huge difference to how well you think and feel. It makes you stronger, healthier and in better shape to face the virus, from all points of view.
“Mens sana in corpore sano,” Latins used to say. Sport and training is one of the most powerful tools we have for staying physically and mentally healthy.
Below are five tips to stay fit despite the restrictions:
1 Working out is a priority!
People who put their fitness activities in the same calendar as all their other appointments tend to stick to their plan. So slot into your daily schedule half an hour or 45 mins of daily exercise, block your calendar so people will not invite you to other meetings at that specific time.
2 Morning boost
Many people who maintain a long-term exercise program workout in the mornings. Completing your fitness routine in the morning can energise you and set a positive tone for the rest of the day.
3 Ride the (new) wave
Try something new! Find a free video online, subscribe to one of the many online classes available, or download an app to guide you from the safety of your home (see the Get more help section below). Try boxing, Pilates, or yoga. Go for cardio funk, Tabata or some other high-intensity training.
4 Jump like a kid
Play catch or tag or pass the soccer ball with your kids. This will help all of you to stay fit and strengthen your relationship!
5 Eat the Right Thing!
When physically active, your body will use more calories. This can help with weight control or if you are not looking to lose weight, you may find you need more food to replace the extra energy used. This will allow you to take a break with snacks, but mind what you eat! Try the following: fruit, such as a banana; a slice of wholegrain bread spread thinly with a nut butter; greek yoghurt; some parmigiano and crackers; a glass of milk.