Following the upheavals of 2020
, it's natural to feel like we require fresh inspiration to restore equilibrium to our lives. In a post-pandemic era, though, how can we motivate ourselves to cultivate healthy habits and return to a better normal? Undoubtedly, many of us have put on weight, lost our healthy eating habits, and neglected regular medical check-ups. However, as vaccines become more widely available and restrictions are eased, we must reclaim control of our health. As we adapt to the "new normal," it's crucial to explore novel ways to care for ourselves. Therefore, here are some actionable tips to help you establish a workout routine and accomplish your health goals.
To start a new diet or exercise regimen, it's crucial to identify your health goals and limitations. Increase the number of plant-based foods in your diet gradually to reap the health and environmental benefits. Set aside just 10 minutes a day for a full-body workout to shed pounds, increase heart rate, and improve brain function. Incorporate breathing and stretching exercises into your routine to clear your mind and prevent body aches. Take small steps to strengthen your sleep and relieve stress. And don't forget to maintain the healthy habits you've adopted during the pandemic for your long-term health.
Habits To Keep
1. Appreciating Nature
The pandemic led to an increase in outdoor activities as people sought solace in nature due to cancellations and shutdowns. However, enjoying nature should not be limited to the pandemic, as spending time outside can offer various health benefits such as improving immunity, relieving anxiety, and promoting happiness. Studies have shown that just 120 minutes per week spent outdoors can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a stronger sense of peace. So, as life slowly resumes, make sure to take short breaks to get some fresh air, even if it's just a quick walk or lunch outside.
2. Making Self-Care a Priority
The pandemic has allowed us to pause and prioritize ourselves. We've learned to meditate, practise yoga, blog
and unwind. Mindfulness and self-care are not only for our newfound free time. It's critical to schedule time for yourself even when your agenda fills up. Engaging in oneself enhances energy, performance and combats stress.
3. Developing New Interests
During the pandemic, we had more free time and found new ways to spend it, like cooking and crafting. Hobbies can improve our well-being, lower stress and blood pressure, and stimulate creativity and cognition. Engaging in leisure activities can help us focus and improve decision-making.
4. Comfort food
Cooking became more popular during the pandemic, but it should continue even after things improve. Cooking at home helps to maintain a healthier lifestyle by regulating calories and portions. Restaurant meals contain more preservatives, sugar, sodium, fat, and oil than home-cooked meals.
5. Keeping touch with friends and relatives
The epidemic didn't stop us from connecting with loved ones, and we even had more bonding time. People reconnected with old friends and used virtual means to interact. It's essential to continue these ties even after the pandemic, and it improves our lives.
Instead of being too hard on yourself for letting your health decline during the pandemic, and expecting your life to change drastically after getting fully vaccinated, it's better to take small, measurable steps and make necessary appointments to get back on track.