Posted: Aug 4th 2020

Tips for Getting Your Health and Wellness Back on Track After Quarantine


Months of self-isolation and quarantine measures can wreak havoc on your healthy living goals. You’re far from alone if you found yourself putting on a few pounds or falling behind in your exercise routines. While many restrictions still remain in place, there’s still a lot you can do to transition back to healthier habits now. Find out what steps you can take to get back on track with your goals below.


Add Variety to Your Fitness Routine


If you work out regularly, you probably feel like you’ve watched every online fitness video by now for living room workouts. While exercising to a YouTube video is a great way to stay motivated, it can get old quickly.

With restrictions loosening in many areas, you may find that it’s possible to return to your gym as long as you follow all of the safety measures put in place. However, you should always weigh the risks, and consider whether your gym is doing all it can to prevent transmission.

Because the virus spreads more easily indoors, outdoor exercise is still the safest option. Going for a walk or run outdoors is a great way to add variety to your routine while getting in cardio.

To be as safe as possible, Runner’s World recommends that you run solo rather than going in groups, and avoid running in crowded parks. When you’re alone, you don’t need to wear a mask, but it’s still wise to bring one in case you encounter others and can’t maintain a safe distance.

Whenever you need to wear a mask for a workout, be sure you pick one that’s breathable. It’s also important that you pay attention to how you feel while exercising with a mask. If you get dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath, you should slow down or reduce the intensity of your workout to avoid the risk of injury.


Get Your Snacks Back on Track


Most of us are guilty of indulging in unhealthy snacks a little more than usual during quarantine, but that’s okay. Easing back into healthy snacking habits is a good way to get back to your overall health goals.

Luckily, there are many healthy snacks that can satisfy your cravings without setting you off course. For example, making homemade kale chips is a great alternative to crunchy snacks like potato chips. If you’re fighting sugar cravings, berries and other fruits are a better option than processed snacks. However, natural snacks like these are still high in sugar, so you’ll want to enjoy them in moderation. One great way to ward off cravings is to bump up your protein through nuts. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios and macadamia nuts are great choices for snacking. To make them interesting, you can roast them in the oven, toast them in a pan or even season them. Just be sure not to overdo it with nuts since their high fat content can impede your health goals.

Choosing healthy snacks is often one of the most challenging things for people trying to eat better. For example, it’s all too easy to give yourself a pass on snacks if you always eat healthy main courses. If you’re struggling to meet your health goals, you may find it helps to hire a nutritionist. Many people don’t realize it, but freelance job boards are a great place to find dietitians, nutritionists and even fitness consultants.


Focus on Healthy Meals


During quarantine, many of us turned toward processed and pre-packaged foods for our meals as well as our snacks. That’s not always a bad thing, especially when these meals are easier to stock up on. However, even meals branded as “healthy” can be high in sodium, sugar, preservatives and other additives, and should be eaten in moderation. Even if you have healthy staples on hand, it’s not always easy to plan and cook balanced meals at home. When you’re short on time or inspiration, try out healthy prepared meals from Eating Primal. You’ll save on time and you’ll avoid all those unhealthy preservatives and additives.

Quarantine has been hard on our social lives and mental health, but many people’s physical health has suffered as well. Revamping your exercise routine, getting on track with better snacking habits and getting creative with healthy recipes can help you reach your goals.

Guest blog post written by Gabriel Patel

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