Months of quarantine have disrupted all our well-being. As gyms faced closures and everyone was forced to stay in homes to protect public health, many discovered that their overall health took a bit of a back seat. Not only did people’s training suffer, but many of us turned to comforting food, alcohol and others less than wonderful choices instead of having little to do. Restaurants switched to takeaway-only services, and many of us found that we avoided more often than usual. Fortunately, our health and exercise routines can be saved.
To this end, I recently spoke to two health experts – renowned yoga instructor Brett Larkin and mental health expert and founder of Ascension Media, Dr. Denise McDermott MD – for their recommended ways (along with a tip from my own experience) to achieve holistic health and fitness even though society is still slow to reopen.
Find a workout you really like
Understanding the joy centrally Brett believes that “exercise should never feel like a work, and it should help you build your self-esteem.” When we do things we actually like, we usually stick to them.
It can be yoga, dance, aerobics, stretching or other physical activity. You can go alone or pair with your partner or child. The key is to identify what you like carefully so that it doesn’t leave you exhausted. Party for a while and stick to your schedule.
Start with small changes
Dr. McDermott advises all his patients that starting with a little is better than not starting at all. “All the little choices we make during the day get better,” she explains. Replace some bad habits for good and you will move towards improved overall health.
The issue has been a very lonely time for many of us, but with the connectivity technology on offer, we can stay in touch with those who motivate us. “If you want to be engaged in your yoga exercises or workouts before quarantine, find someone as enthusiastic as you and check in with each other as you complete your workouts,advises.
Responsibility partners are friends who keep you on track to achieve your goals, so contact you wisely. “Remember,” Brett adds, “even if your partner is online, it doesn’t have to mean impersonal.”
“While our personal communities are limited, there is no shortage of like-minded people out there,” Dr. McDermott urges. “Social media has proven to be a great place to build a community and be inspired. Influencers and writers with a focus on mental health have motivated the public with attentive messages during this challenging time.”