I've turned into a potato
So anyone else been a potato during these first few weeks of social distancing?
Until people can FUCKING LISTEN it seems that this is going to be our new normal for a while. To say Ive started to be come restless is an understatement. I feel all I do is sit here, lay there, start planning of the next meal & snack I'm going to have.
The stress and unknown is starting to take its toll in the Keane-Guzicki household. Oh you know ALSOOOOO on top of packing our entire home and moving. NBD.
But no matter how much I want to bitch and complain about it - that isn't going to change that I need to stay in my house. (Soon-to-be new house SUNDAY)
I reached out to one of our previous Boudoir Babes who is NETA certified , Orange Theory Fitness coach, TRX certified, Cycle instructor and is Crossfit Level 1 certified.
Michelle is amazing and typed up some helpful tips that aren't overwhelming to help us combat the social distancing blues and counter the quarantine 15.
Steps to stay healthy.
The initial denial of our quarantine situation is finally starting to give way to accepting the reality that this is going to be our new normal temporarily. So I suppose its time to climb out from under the pile of blankets and shake the snack crumbs out of our hair and figure out how to thrive in spite of state of our universe.
One of the best defenses we have to combat illness and the mental strains during such extreme isolation is to maintain some physical activity and regular movement. Here are some tips and ideas that will hopefully help navigate these next few weeks while still taking steps to stay healthy.
1. Keep it simple.
Now is not the time to set lofty goals that will lead to frustration and discouraging thoughts. If you were a regular exerciser then by all means do your best to attempt to maintain a similar level of activity, if you were fairly sedentary before then simply try to begin moving your body in regular increments. Walking, jogging, bodyweight movements like squats, push ups and sit ups are a great option…..lets not forget dancing around the room with your favorite music blaring in the background. Make it fun, just move!
2. Use technology.
You have all the information at your fingertips! Lot’s of reputable fitness coaches are posting live workouts daily, take advantage of these. Try something new everyday, you may find out that you are a pilates queen, or the Zumba champion of the world….you have time on your hands, experiment a little. Set your watches or phones to give you regular reminds to get up off your butt and move around. Track your steps (10,000 per day should be your goal).
3. Make meals an adventure.
Most of us spend our days in a flurry of activity and responsibilities, so our meals typically reflect that. We opt for ease over nutrition due to our time constraints. Take full advantage of this extra time you have, try some new recipes . To prevent binge eating, practice the 15 minute rule. If you find yourself craving something but you genuinely aren’t hungry, simply delay the gratification for a bit. Drink some water, go for a walk, distract yourself for a little while. If that time passes and you still want that snack then by all means have it. Denying all of your urges will most likely result in a greater binge in the long run, so if you just can’t stop thinking about it then enjoy and move on.
4. Stay connected.
Form some accountability groups through social media, facetime, etc. Just keep talking and sharing. Encourage one another and help your friends and loved ones stay off the crazy train. Depression and anxiety are real issues in the best of times, now those can be compounded. Avoid falling into that dark hole of isolation by setting regular chat dates with those who feed your soul the most.
5. Last but not least….give yourself the grace that you normally reserve for others.
Remind yourself that you are strong, you are beautiful and you are doing the very best you can with what you have to work with. Be gentle with your spirit my lovelies, when we emerge from this, we can laugh and hug and share our stories of how we survived. Until then know that you are loved and valued and you have survived everything the universe has thrown at you so far….this will be no different warrior, fight on.
Personal Trainer/ fitness coach
The above is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician before beginning a new exercise program
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