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Keeping fit and healthy in the coronavirus crisis

If your someone who enjoys keeping fit and regularly exercises, the prospect of a closed gym and having to stay indoors can create feelings of anxiety and frustration. However, rather than letting the current circumstances get you down, there are plenty of opportunities to try new things and keep up those healthy habits. This is also a great time for those people who want to get fit and healthy but struggle with making time for it with a busy lifestyle.

Nevertheless, exercising isn’t the only way to keep fit and healthy. Starting a new hobby that keeps your brain active is also good for you. Below is a list of things that you can do to keep active during this global pandemic.

  1. Stick to a routine.

While you may find it difficult to get out of bed and start the day during these circumstances, getting up at the same time every day and starting the day by taking a shower/having a healthy breakfast may help to keep your mind and body healthy. There are loads of studies backing up the benefits of routine on positive mental health, and it’s something Mind UK recommends for “staying grounded”.

    2. Stretch

Stretching and yoga practice can help to avoid stiff joints and maintain good blood circulation. There are many types of yoga from Vinyasa flow which is a faster pace yoga to Yin yoga where you hold each pose for 5 minutes. Why yoga? There are heaps of studies, but many show that regularly practicing yoga can help improve heart health and reduce risk factors for heart disease. One particular bit of research discovered that yogis over 40 years old who’d been practicing for more than five years had a lower blood pressure and pulse rate than those who didn’t. Try Yoga with Adrienne on Youtube, her videos range from a quick few minute stretch and check in to a 1 hour flow.

   3. Try an at home workout

Follow your favourite Instagram influencer’s workout live or try one of Joe Wick’s workouts. There are also many workouts you can follow on Youtube.

   4. Maintain hobbies that keep your brain active

  • Sewing
  • Crochet
  • Pottery
  • Reading
  • Writing

Also, don’t forget to rest! Sometimes we can put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be productive, however, resting is productive too. Make sure you look after yourself, get at least 8 hours of sleep and don’t stress about not getting everything done.