5 tips to keep fit during quarantine
Special mention: keep the TV off, it doesn't do you any good
It's all over the news so you already know what I'm talking about. I've noticed that several different countries are applying completely different restrictions to handle and contain the situation and that means that this list might not be 100 % accurate for you. That's because it might include solutions to problems that aren't even there for you or, on the contrary, it might ignore pressing matters.
So what I thought I'd so is write a generic list of 5 things you can do to keep fit and healthy, both mentally and physically, during this complicated and unusual period we're going through.
Don't binge eat
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Boredom breeds culinary creativity and that's great! But you don't wanna binge eat just because you're bored, that's the worst thing you can do. I know, it requires a lot of self discipline but keeping fit is absolutely crucial because your mind follows your body and vice versa, and so you have to do whatever you need to do to stay on point.
If you're in the mood for a spot of baking, for example, make sure you bake cakes or biscuits that can last for longer than a few days so you don't have to eat it all in one go. Always cook and prepare the quantity of food you actually need. Now more than ever, we gotta make sure our eyes aren't bigger than our stomach.
Drink plenty of water
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Well, this never gets old. I swear I can't think of a single food and drink related list you can write where "drink plenty of water" wouldn't fit. It sounds dumb but the truth is we don't actually do it enough.
Don't get me wrong, forcing yourself to drink gallons of water when you're not actually thirsty isn't ideal. What I do is I keep a bottle of water on my desk and regularly drink small sips throughout the day. That way, I get through the equivalent of 2-3 lt (60-10 oz) of mineral water every day.
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Well, now the situation is fluid, different countries are applying different quarantine and self isolation rules and that means you have to make the most of every opportunity, including a trip to the grocery store.
Most countries are currently suspending all activities that result in congregations and suggesting social distancing, which means that most people aren't currently allowed to practice sports or go to the gym. However, you can walk. Don't use your car unless you need it and even if the nearest supermarket is three or four of miles away, use your feet not your car. Keep a safe distance and you'll be fine.
Set up a routine and stick to it
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This whole situation is likely to be very stressful, even when you're not directly affected by it. We're constantly bombarded with way too many stimuli and inputs so I find it very important to stick to a self-imposed plan to give our daily routing a semblance of normality.
Obviously, I can only make suggestions based on what works for me and hopefully it'll work for you as well. The TV is always off, and so are social media except for Drivetribe and Foodtribe (duh!). If you can work from home, it's important to stick to a pre-determined schedule to avoid slacking off. Also, I know it sounds dumb but it works for me: get dressed. And I mean properly. I know that it may seem pointless but it isn't. Wearing nothing pajamas all day, every day might feel nice for a few days but it might end up driving you crazy. If you live in a house with a garden or a terrace or a balcony, wear your best suit and have a glass of wine. I promise you it'll work wonders on your morale.
What about self-indulgence?
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Ah! This is it. The million-dollar question about things with limited nutritional merit but great... spiritual value. As long as you don't overdo it, I'd actually recommend it.
Having said that, it's important to keep a balance because we have to remember that our body doesn't need it, our soul does. If you want to have a bar of chocolate, super sweet cookies, a glass of wine, a bottle of beer or even a homemade G & T or whatever it is you call self-indulgence in the kitchen, you can do it because it lifts your spirit, but I'd personally do it in limited quantities.