Amid the stress and turbulence of this year’s quarantine life, did you:
- Find yourself temporarily out of work?
- Work from a desk more than usual?
- Lack the motivation to complete your normal exercise routine?
- Eat more junk/comfort food due to stress?
- Drink more alcohol?
- Sleep more than usual because you were bored or depressed?
If you said yes to any of these, you may be working to get your post-quarantine body back into shape. We’ve put together a few tips to help you get there!
Develop a Regular Exercise Routine
One great way to get back in shape is to develop a regular exercise routine. Go for a walk, enjoy a yoga session, and move that exercise machine out of the corner of the basement. There are also lots of workout videos available online.
It works well to set aside a specific time each day that you plan to exercise. For many people, this is in the morning because then you can get it checked off your list first thing and move on with your day. For others, it’s on their lunch break or maybe just after work.
Having an accountability partner is also helpful for many people. Talk to your friends and family members — is anyone else wanting to create a regular exercise routine? Help each other through it.
Whatever works best for you and your schedule, make it a priority to get it done. Not only will it help you clear your head and boost your mood, but it will tone up those sleepy muscles and lose a few of those extra quarantine pounds.
Eat a Healthy Diet
With so much extra time at home, have you been eating more snacks and comfort foods than usual? If baking chocolate chip cookies when you were bored was one of your quarantine pastimes, that’s okay! Everyone needs a chocolate chip cookie now and then, but you should also try to maintain a healthy diet.
Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables? Are you focusing on lean proteins and trying to limit your carb intake? Are you careful about how much sugar, caffeine, and alcohol you consume?
Everyone’s body has different dietary needs, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer for what diet is best. But we can all agree that hamburgers, nachos, and cookies might not be the healthiest combination for anyone. Our advice is to strive for a healthy diet focused on whole foods in mind as the goal, but don’t be afraid to treat yourself from time to time.
Drink Plenty of Water
In addition to diet and exercise, you also need to make sure you are drinking enough water. Though the exact amount of water your body needs can vary, many nutrition coaches recommend drinking half as many ounces of water per day as your body weight in pounds. So by that recommendation, a 200-pound adult should drink 100 ounces of water each day.
Our bodies are composed of about 60% water. Drinking enough water each day helps maintain proper functions of body systems like digestion, absorption, circulation, and more.
A great way to make sure you drink enough water is to start your morning with a full water bottle and keep it near you throughout the day. Refill it as needed. Remember that coffee, juice, and tea don’t count as water intake, so if you are drinking other liquids, make sure you are also drinking water.
Do You Still Have Trouble Areas? Aspire Can Help!
Regardless of what lifestyle changes you make, it’s common to have trouble with your belly, arms, or chin.
If you are still fighting with a stubborn area after you have adjusted your diet, exercise, and water intake, Dr. Brian Lee and the Aspire Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa team will be happy to discuss your needs with you.
You can schedule a consultation with us in our Fort Wayne office. We are currently offering both virtual and in-person options for the convenience and safety of our clients and staff during the pandemic.