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Eating Healthy And Staying Active During COVID-19

Eating Healthy And Staying Active During COVID-19

By Susan Williams

If you’re anything like me, trying to eat healthy and stay active while isolating at home can be proving to be a difficult task. But as challenging as this may be, these activities can also positively contribute to our overall physical and mental health which we need to protect during this pandemic.

So what can we do? How can we stay focused on these good behaviours while we isolate at home?

Jill Penfold is a registered fitness trainer, nutritionist (and stunt double!) from Bold and she joined me to discuss some actions we can take at home today to help us eat healthy and stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what Jill had to share;

Here are some of the highlights on our discussion;

  • Even if you are unable to get outside, there are some ways to stay active in your home – all you need is the space the size of a yoga mat
  • Simple activities such as jumping jacks or walking around the room or finding a program online that suits you are all good examples of how to stay active
  • For example, every morning set your alarm (schedule is very important) and if you do a minute of squats, minute of walking on the spot, minute of jumping jacks and a minute of crunches on a yoga mat – all of a sudden you have completed a four minute circuit that you could possibly repeat three times throughout the day. This will give you better energy, better motivation and lift your spirits (which we all could probably use about now)
  • During this pandemic, many people may be tempted to reach for comfort foods which are probably not good for us (chips, cookies, ice cream, etc), Jill suggests that if this is something you crave then break it down to bite size portions and then limit yourself to two portions a day this is a good way to limit your calorie, saturated fat and sodium intake
  • Jill recommends stocking your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables. Try and reach for good quality food snacks. For example carrots and hummus are a good option.
  • If you are struggling, try to also keep a food journal. Write down what you are eating and monitor this. We should try and eat fresh, clean foods. We will want to emerge from this pandemic in good physical shape – not feeling unhappy or depressed and food and exercise are large contributors to how we feel
  • Hydration is also really important for us, our brain function and energy (we are 95% water). Some tips to do this is follow a hydration app (such as Plant Nanny) or fill a one litre bottle and just drink at least two of these a day
  • To find motivation to eat healthy and stay active, find something that brings you joy. When you are happier, you are more likely to stay motivated and engaged with maintaining your physical health. Also find a friend that you could be a motivation buddy with.
  • Food, hydration and activity – if you can get some handle on these three items your positivity will improve and then your motivation will follow

Thanks for some great advice Jill!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.