A lot has happened in the last month. The world is sick, and we are all trying to learn how to deal with our new lives. Many of us are now working from home and trying to balance our work lives with our home lives. This line gets pretty blurry when you have access to your emails 24/7 and your boss has your personal phone number and maybe you also have kids at home that you are trying to teach while getting your work done. We are in crazy times right now, but this also gives us the opportunity to make some changes in our lives. We can add in the things we always wanted to do but didn’t have the time and we have the freedom to remove the things that weren’t quite working for us.
Waking Up Early
What time have you been waking up since you have been self-quarantining? I bet it probably isn’t that early. I know I have added an hour to my morning sleep. But you would be so much more productive if you stopped sleeping in so late and start getting up a bit earlier. Check out this information on the benefits of waking up early. There are even some tips on how to make this happen included. Some benefits include sustaining a healthier diet, helping your skin look healthy, GIVING YOU MORE TIME TO EXERCISE, increases concentration and productivity, and it can improve the quality of your sleep.
How much water have you been drinking while on quarantine? Are you still filling up that large water bottle and finishing it the required amount of times as you would if you were going into the office? I hope so because drinking enough water throughout the day can help you lose weight, maintain healthy skin, fight infections (hello Coronavirus?!?), get rid of toxins in your body, help prevent joint pain, can boost energy, can prevent constipation, and reduce the risk of cancer.
Are you getting at least 10,000 steps a day? Chances are your average step count has taken a huge hit now that you aren’t really leaving your house, I know mine did! The first few days I was barely hitting 10,000 and I easily hit 15,000 or even 20,000 when I am running. There are so many different ways you can track your steps from apps to watches. The motivation has been so much slower know that any runs I do have to be with my 5-year-old in the stroller. She isn’t quite fast enough on her bike and really doesn’t like doing more than 15-20 minutes. Anyway… Why 10,000? Most studies have shown that at least 10,000 steps a day really impact your health. You can enjoy better sleep, help maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your heart, and it helps you relax. So, if you aren’t hitting those steps, start trying!
Now for the obvious addition to your life; fitness!! I know motivation is the hardest thing for a lot of people. You don’t work out a home normally because you aren’t motivated to get moving which is why you belong to a gym or you just don’t work out at all. But that is not helping you. We don’t know how long this will last; how long we will be stuck in our homes; stuck sitting in kitchen chairs or decorative desk chairs that you are quickly finding out are just for looks and definitely not for comfort! It is so important that we are taking care of our bodies, our minds, and our health.
While COVID-19 still has a lot to teach us, most specialist agree that the more fit you are, the better your chances of overcoming this illness are. If you have chronic diseases, it is going to be much harder for you to get better. So why not take this time to ingrain fitness into your lifestyle. Not only is it going to help you get in shape and enjoy your life, but it can also help lessen the symptoms of illnesses. If your body is functioning at its best then, even when being attacked by a vicious virus, your body will function much better than if it started out poorly.
So, what are you going to do to add that in? Well, lots of gyms (especially in the CrossFit sphere) are offering at-home workouts to get you moving and continue (or start) on your path to health and wellness. Nitz Clear Focus Training is offering 40% off of all monthly programs through the end of May and can tailor each workout to the equipment you have available. Or you can join the #NitzQuarantineChallenge with weekly challenges you can do from home and you can enter to win the main prize at the end!
So, you have the what, let’s figure out the how. A lot of us are working from home and, like I said, it’s hard to draw those definitive lines on where work and home start and end. I have been resorting to setting alarms on my phone. I get up at 0600, I start work at 0730, I take lunch at 1200, and I finish my day at 1600.
Make a Plan
First, I plan out my workouts the night before; this lets me know exactly what I plan to accomplish the next day and how much time I will need to do it. I break that into two or three sessions. At a minimum I do a 30-45 minute workout first thing when I wake up. I keep these pretty simple; no heavy weight, minimal technique, and mostly just getting to the grind and getting my body moving. In the afternoon I take a part of my lunch and do some yoga or take a lunch stroller run to loosen up after sitting in my office chair all morning (remember I said we were discovering these chairs were not made for comfort?). I keep this to only 15-20 minutes, so I still have time to get my lunch in. Finally, I spend an hour after work doing the more technical things that my brain wasn’t quite awake enough for this morning (lifting, gymnastics, etc.). After a few weeks of trying out a few different ways of this, this is what works best for me, but feel free to play around with it and see what works for you!
This is a truly unique time in our lives and in our world’s history. There is limitless time to make changes to how you are living your life. There is time to include the more important things in your life that you usually don’t have time for. You can make those things a habit now which will make them that much easier to continue to incorporate when the world returns to functioning order. So start now, take this time to make some much needed changes to your life.