Melina’s 7 TOP Tips to stay healthy at home!
Now more than ever, learning how to stay healthy at home is CRUCIAL to both your physical and mental health. Most people’s schedules have completely changed as we’ve been thrown off our normal daily routines, social circles and hobbies. This new reality has taken some getting used to, and adjusting to a new “at-home lifestyle” has definitely been a challenge. Maintaining and creating healthy habits is super important so that you don’t compromise your overall health. Being healthy at home does not need to be stressful, but rather a motivator to keep both your mind and body sane, and of course seeing some results is always a plus! For those of you who follow me regularly on social media, you know I’m all about fitness at home. In fact, 90% of the workouts I do are at home, and I’m going to give you some of my best tips for how to maintain a healthy home FIT lifestyle.
- Go for a walk.
This is something so simple that everyone can do every single day with NO EXCUSE. I don’t care if it’s -10 degrees, get yourselves MOVING for AT LEAST 20 minutes. If you can’t get a 30 minute walk in to increase circulation, blood flow, healthy digestion and burn some calories, then I seriously don’t know how to help you. You might as well not read the rest of the tips on how to stay healthy at home. Walking is so important and it s the first step to starting a physical fitness routine. Yes, walking is FITNESS.
- Drink 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning.
Some of you have READ my BLOG on “Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water,” and some haven’t. Check it out and READ all the benefits on how drinking water first thing in the morning can jumpstart your health. (click link) Proper circulation, digestion health and organ function are just a few of the benefits to drinking water.
- Exercise Online
Gyms and fitness studios have changed massively and some have even closed. We’re socially distancing, and finding it difficult to create a proper fitness routine. All these factors can be a recipe for disaster and lead to tons of excuses and laziness. It’s so much easier to cuddle up on the couch, but one of the most important habits we MUST maintain to stay healthy during this pandemic is EXERCISE! What we need right now are healthy endorphins, and working out releases tons!!! Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in your body and ease depression, stress and anxiety. Creating a better overall mood and this will lead to better overall health. There are tons of FREE exercise classes that you can find online, and several NEW applications offering at home workouts to keep you motivated! I personally do offer some one-on-one private training by appointment only, however I also post a ton of workouts on my social media. In fact, tons of fitness professionals do, offering several options to exercise ONLINE!
- Eat LESS
One of the simplest tips I can give before any nutritional counseling or meal planning advice, is to EAT LESS. That’s right, simply start cutting back on your portions. This pandemic has statistically increased obesity and overeating on a global level. People’s paranoia about hoarding food has led to overconsumption. This overconsumption is absolutely ridiculous and people need to stop using this pandemic as an excuse to eat more! Start cutting down your portions and eat less. Drink more water instead as I mentioned earlier – go back and READ my blog post on “Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water.”
- Eat more GREEN food.
Fill your plate up with GREEN foods. The GREENER the better. More vitamins and minerals are jammed packed into your leafy green and cruciferous veggies. These veggies also fill you up and are very low in calories. Staying healthy requires your body to absorb a proper amount of nutrients and green foods will improve your immune and digestive systems.
- Eat more PROTEIN.
FACTS! Top 10 reasons to eat more Protein:
- Reduces Appetite and Hunger Levels.
- Increases Muscle Mass and Strength.
- Good for Your Bones.
- Reduces Cravings and Desire for Late-Night Snacking.
- Boosts Metabolism and Increases Fat Burning.
- Lowers Your Blood Pressure.
- Helps Maintain Weight Loss.
- Helps your body repair itself – post workout/injury
- Helps you stay fit and strong as you age.
- STAY on your Schedule!
Make sure you set your alarms, write in your calendars and stay on top of your work and family schedules. This will definitely relieve so much stress and keep you way more positive about your day. If you are having a hard time staying organized, get some tools that can help you manage your time and schedule better. This will also make you feel more productive at home and mentally feel stable. I think one one the most important things that everyone needs during this crazy time is a PURPOSE. A schedule will make you feel more valuable and accomplished about your day. And Remember, take everything day by day. Find what motivates you and add it into your schedule. Even the simple things like calling a friend or grocery shopping. Write it down and create tasks for yourself that you can check off.
With these simple tips to do while you are at home, I can put money that you will feel way better from the inside out! This is the time to really dig deep into yourself and become aware of what you need as a person from the inside out. Remember, health starts with the decisions that you make and create. No one else can do that for you!