Do you ever feel like the water has sapped all of your vitality after swimming a lap? Or when you return to the football field after two weeks, do you find it difficult to run the length and breadth of the field in an attempt to score that one goal, which you were able to do easily only two weeks before? When a person's body weakens, simple things that once appeared simple become more difficult, such as getting out of a chair, strolling to the kitchen to grab a drink of water, or picking up a courier from the postmaster at the door.
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has destroyed economies around the world and posed unprecedented difficulties to lifestyles of the privileged and underprivileged equally. Lockdowns have forced billions of people to stay at home around the world.
Yes, let's be honest. You may be a bit heavier than when the pandemic began. In the past year, your healthy eating habits may have halted. The last time you saw your therapist is a distant memory as well. First and foremost, treat yourself with kindness. It's possible that you've neglected your health in the past year. It's fine. Slow and steady modifications can help you get back on track or even improve your health.
Still wondering what can be done? Here are some pointers for you.
Make an appointment for your preventative care and follow-up visits.
You should schedule a dentist visit, an eye exam, and any other regular exams you may need to see a cardiologist, dermatologist, or dietician for further evaluation. If you're worried that these appointments will take up too much of your time or cost you too much in co-pays, try spreading them out. When scheduling appointments, make sure to book the most crucial ones. A virtual visit may be an option for you if you're not yet comfortable with an chamber visit. Ask your provider for the same.
Reset Your Lifestyle
Make incremental modifications to your dietary habits, such as eating smaller meals or consuming fewer carbohydrates. Even if you don't lose weight, if you make healthy dietary and exercise adjustments, you'll be healthier. Believe it, and know that you're doing yourself a favour in the long run.
Follow Safe Food Handling Habits
Clean and disinfect your hands, kitchen, and utensils. Whole fruits and vegetables should be washed in 50 parts per million chlorinated water, salt water, or running water.
Stay Physically Active and be Positive
150 minutes of exercise per week is ideal. Start with 60 minutes and work your way up to 150 minutes if you're not getting enough exercise.
Get Adequate Sleep
Take little actions to alter, if you want to improve sleep or reduce stress. Remember that you will benefit from some of these changes in other areas. For instance, you can find that you are sleeping better while building a training habit and your stress levels are decreasing.
The bottom line is don't be too hard on yourself if you've neglected your health throughout the pandemic. Don't anticipate your life to alter completely the day you're fully vaccinated. To get back on track, make the necessary appointments and make tiny, incremental, verifiable lifestyle adjustments.