Whether we like it or not, the elongated period of staying at home has elicited some unprecedented changes on our diet. Some people have started becoming more diet-conscious while at home, avoiding heavy foods that could negatively impact our health at times. Other people are guilty of overindulgence - reaching out for a snack more frequently than usual. Lockdown has also meant irregular schedules and changes in working routine too.
So, how do we get back on track with our nutrition?
The key is to adapt to our new lifestyle/schedule/routine and find ways to restore rhythm into our regular working lives and our diets too.
With most of us working from home now and for the foreseeable future, having a good work station is KEY to not only productivity but also to your performance.
We've all experienced the feeling at the gym after a long days work, when there are squats or lunges programmed and we notice that our hips fatigue faster, our back feels tighter, our joints achier etc. This is not merely some coincidence, it usually stems from the fact that most of us sit 7-9 hours a day straight and then without stretching much or moving, expect our bodies to magically perform and move the way we know they can.
While we might be holding on the fact that we could bounce back and avoid pains when we were in our early 20s, the reality is that as we get older and sit more, the aches and pains are only going to get worse. Unless something is done to fix it.
We all know that sitting is a killer - leading to chronic aches and pains - but, yet we all still do it. We sit to work, we sit to drive, we sit to watch tv etc. Sitting is ingrained in our culture and lifestyle, so that’s why we aren’t going to tell you to never sit down again (that would be unrealistic).
So, if we can't stop sitting, what can we do to help reduce chronic pain from sitting?
For the last 4 months, our entire routine has changed. In particular, our training routine has looked and felt very different. Most of us went from training in a gym, with coached classes, pre-determined programming, lots of equipment and space, to doing bodyweight movements in our condos. So, it’s no surprise that we are all ITCHING to get back into a gym.
Right now we’re all starting to feel the effects of our quarantine habits - from late night netflix binging, to boredom snacking and sitting more - and wondering, “how do I get back to where I was?”
Here are 5 things you can (and should do) today to set yourself up for success and get the most out of each training session.
The Grapefruit diet, Master Cleanse, South Beach, China Study, Atkins, and many other diets pop up when Googling weight loss tips and how to lose that last 10 pounds. The diet industry is one of the biggest industries around the world, with businesses from every sector playing on the public’s increasing obsession with weight loss and eating the ‘right’ foods.
Unfortunately, the primary goal of many of the companies serving this industry is making money and this leads to misleading, inaccurate and sometimes downright dangerous diets being promoted to the public.
Tired of being misled? Or feeling overwhelmed by all the information on the internet?
Check out our simple & easy way to spot (and avoid) a fad diet, so that you can make space for a long-term, sustainable nutrition plan instead!
With the transition to more people working from home & the closure of gyms in the city, more and more people are also working out from home. And for a lot of us, we’re not accustomed to either, but our only choice is to adapt.
But the problem is: most of us “know” what we have to do - we need to adapt a new routine, we need to stick to this routine, we need to minimize our snacking etc. the list goes on - but we don’t have the accountability in place to motivate us to get these things done. This tends to result in a downward spiral, where sleeping in, eating poorly and lack of exercise begin to become our new “norm”. Worst of all, we stop feeling strong & confident in our skin!
So why is it that with all of the free information out there, most of us feel crippled, which results in no action being taken to help improve our overall health and wellness?
These are strange times, chaotic times, special times, unique times - These sayings have become ubiquitous in our conversations lately. Whatever we want to call it, things are different for all of us in one way or another. Most of us have experienced huge changes to our routines. The gym has closed, our kids aren’t going to school, we’re working from home, and other extracurriculars have been cancelled. While I don’t have much experience and therefore can’t offer much help on how to deal with kids at home, I have had experience with remote work and working from home, and can help offer some suggestions to help you navigate through this new (hopefully only temporary) norm.
There are some key things we can do to keep ourselves healthy, both physically and mentally, during these turbulent times!
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