Hey there! For today’s post, I’m going to cover my top 5 ways to stay on track with your fitness goals during the quarantine. As you guys know, we are all in the crisis and quarantine together and many of us are struggling with staying on track and keeping up with our normal, daily routine that we had just a few weeks ago. Crazy how fast things can change so fast. And I feel for those who may be stressing about their health and wellness goals because I too have felt the same way! I know a lot of people are snacking more often throughout the day now that we are stuck at home, and many people feel as though they are losing everything that they have worked for now that we can’t go anywhere like the gym for example.
However, I am here to tell you that, that is not the case!
I’m here to talk about 5 ways to stay on track as best as possible! However, I also want to mention that gaining weight should not be the first thing on our minds right now. I know that’s easier said than done, but there are so many things going on in this world right now that our weight fluctuating should be the least of our problems and worries. So please, keep that in mind! Your weight does not and will not define who you are! This is simply a reminder that there are way more important things in this world! 💛
Nonetheless, I know that many people out there are still wanting to do the best thing for their physical health and wellness, and I totally understand that! Therefore, here are my top 5 ways to stay on track with your health and fitness goals during this quarantine!
1. Find the best eating plan that works for you
Of course, this going to be different for everyone, and I’m not saying that you should drastically change your diet and eating habits. However, you want to find what works best for you! For example, I’ve been focusing on an intermittent fasting type of diet approach. This type of eating has worked very well for me for many years! In fact, I’ve been doing intermittent fasting on and off for about 4 years now, and I can truthfully say that this is the #1 thing that works the best for me. This is because it allows me to limit and be more mindful about my snack intake, and it allows me to eat bigger meals throughout the day. Which, allows me to feel full longer. With that, I only eat between 9 am and 5 pm.
However, if you are wanting to intermittent fast, I do want to stress that I don’t want you to starve yourself all day and then have one meal. I want you to make sure that you’re still getting all of the calories that you need for your body and your overall health. All intermittent fasting is, is fasting within a certain amount of time (for most people 16 hours) and then in the desired eating window (typically 8 hours) make sure to eat your required calories! It is so important to still get the number of calories and nutrients that you need daily. No matter what type of “diet” or eating lifestyle you choose. If intermittent fasting doesn’t work for you, try something else! Or do what works best for you!
If planning out your meals works better than do that! Perhaps use this time that maybe didn’t have a few weeks ago to cook more and try out new recipes!
Here are some awesome, healthy, 5-ingredient recipes that you could try out!
Simply find what works best for and your health and fitness goals!
2. Move daily
I know you’ve heard this time and time again, probably from me lol, but it is so crucial to get up and move your body every single day. Especially if you’ve been enjoying quarantine on the couch a little too much haha! Now, I don’t mean that you need to be working out to your full extreme every single day, especially if that’s not something you would do on an average day last month. However, you do want to be moving your body and incorporating exercise in some way every single day. So what does that mean?
Maybe grab the dogs and go for a walk around your neighborhood. I’m sure they would enjoy the exercise as well! Or, do a home workout with your kids, do a just dance video on Youtube, do a yoga flow in the morning, go for a bike ride around your neighborhood. In any way that you can think of, try to spend at least a half-hour each day moving your body. This is because now that we’re required to stay home, many of us are definitely going to be more stagnant and not moving as much as we used to be. This is why you have to make a conscious effort to get up and move! Moving your body each day is essential for staying on track with your health and fitness goals!
Try to plan/schedule out your day or even your week in advance with the exercises or activities that you want to do. This way, you have a set time to do whatever is it that you want to do! For example, maybe you choose to do morning workouts or take evening walks before or after dinner, etc. Whatever you think will work best for you and/or your family as well!
3. Drink your water
Yes, this one is super simple but, now that we’re all stuck at home, use this time to drink tons of water and hydrate your body! Personally, now that I am out of work (I am a substitute teacher while going to school for my education degree) I want to use this time to drink more water than I would on a normal workday. Because most of us are working from home, doing school at home, or simply practicing social distancing by staying at home, now this the perfect time to up your water intake!
On a normal workday, it can be difficult to hit my daily water goal since I can’t leave my classroom to run to the bathroom whenever I please. The same goes for many jobs and professions. With that, if you’re currently spending more time at home than you normally do, use this time to your advantage and up your water intake!
4. Do something that brings you joy!
I know that A LOT of us are dealing with anxiety right now – myself if included! However, let’s take this time to find something that brings you joy. Bring out that inner child in yourself and do something that you truly enjoy and that brings you pure happiness! Perhaps you could use this time to learn something new (i.e sewing, a new language, painting, drawing, dance, etc.) I truly believe that if we don’t do something that brings us daily joy then we could potentially find ourselves falling down a deep hole of depression and sadness and lose that spark in our soul. This is because we’re going to end up being so anxious focused on all of the things that could potentially go wrong. We forget that we can still find positivity and joy even in the darkest situations.
Therefore, I encourage you to try something new or do something that brings you joy and happiness every single day! It doesn’t matter what it is. It could be something as simple as reading a book or baking cookies. Just find those little bits of happiness and take some time to figure out what brings you joy! You never know, something great could come out of this! 💛
5. Get enough rest
I get it. Many of us are not waking up to go to 8 am college classes, or need to set an alarm for 5 am to wake up for work, or have as many responsibilities that we had just a few weeks ago. We can stay up all night watching Youtube videos or Netflix if we want to. However, if we stay up all night and skip out on sleep, we end up messing up our sleep schedule and/or losing energy. Which in result, carries on to everything else. Our weight, our energy levels, our daily routine, our workouts, etc. This is why our bodies need efficient rest!
Nonetheless, if we keep up with that responsibility of going to bed at our normal time, we will wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and productive. Not to mention, you’ll have more energy to do things throughout the day. Such as exercise, clean, play with your kids, doing activities that bring you joy, etc. instead of sitting on the couch watching tv and falling into an unproductive cycle.
And what does that have to do with staying on track with your health and fitness goals? Well, everything is connected. If you get rest, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and in a better headspace since you’ll have more time to reflect, have your quiet time, meditate, etc. Everything is connected. The way we think, our sleep patterns, the way we eat, what we do, what we tell ourselves, everything! Therefore, if you don’t get enough rest, you’re setting yourself up for a more lazy, unproductive, low-energy type of day.
And because everything is connected, these are the 5 things that I thought might help you during this time of quarantine to stay on track!
Mentally, physically, and emotionally. I also want to remind you that your weight does not define you. If you gain weight during this time, so be it. If you lose weight during the process, so be it. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t make you any less or more of a better person, it does not define you at all! Especially during this time! So please do not put any extra stress on yourself from gaining weight during this time. There are more problems that we need to be thinking about and trying to solve!
You got this! Stay strong and stay safe! I hope you have a beautiful day. Also, let me know in the comments what you’re doing to stay on track with your health and fitness goals during the quarantine!
I would love to hear some of your thoughts and suggestions!
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