Times are such that staying at home is not an option but a choice, not only for your well-being but for others too. However, this prolonged phase of lockdown does not mean that one should stay away from remaining fit. Even by staying at home, one can easily maintain his/her fitness.
Here are some of the ways how one can maintain their fitness levels while at home.
Exercise every day for at least 30 to 45 minutes. You do not have to strain yourself from running or jogging but you must have some kind of moderate physical activity within your premises. If you want to maintain your weight, doing planks, push-ups, skipping would be a good idea. While you are at home for several days, make sure to do exercises such as dumbbells, yoga, or pilates. If you have sufficient space inside your home, you can also walk daily.
Eat Proper Foods and Portions of Each Meal
No matter how much your taste buds or stomach is telling you to opt for sweets or fried food over healthy food, try to avoid sweets as much as possible. Sugar from sweets will not help you remain in shape. Even if it is only a single candy bar, one will gradually lead to another. Fruits and vegetables are the best options to eat when trying to remain into shape. Apples, for instance, does a good job of making the stomach feel full for up to 3-4 hours. Green vegetables such as spinach, green beans, and broccoli keep the digestive system clean and smooth.
Also, stick to chicken, paneer, and soya as they are great alternatives. These foods are a source of protein and have other healthy nutrients too which help to keep muscles fit and ready for workouts. Also, be sure to portion what you consume. Getting good metabolism comes from portioning meals. Try to plan eating 6 times a day and in smaller portions, rather than having 3 large meals in a day. This will also let you find yourself breathing smoothly when working out rather than struggling for air. This is due to the fact that when you have less food in your digestive system, more energy is needed for your exercise.
Keep Watch on Calories and Food Consumption Every Day
Keeping a watch how many calories you consume in a day will be helpful in planning your physical exercise. Ever thought why body builders’ body masses are so big? It is because they plan out their meals and take in healthy calories than the average person. On the other hand, reducing weight and striving for a skinnier physique will need more physical exercise than calories you ingest. Drink lots of water all through the day.
- By Avni Kaul, Nutritionist, Wellness Coach & Certified Diabetes Educator, Founder of NutriActivania.