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There is no doubt we are in some different times right now. No matter how you feel about all that is going on in the world, I think we can all agree it has thrown our daily routine off to a degree that we are still trying to adjust to. You can go on the internet right now and find 1,000,000 different opinions on our world and what we should be doing right now and I can promise you, nobody knows what is best for you better than YOU.
As someone who uses health and fitness principles to guide my routine and keep me centered when my surroundings get crazy, I wanted to give you some practical ways you can apply your fitness and nutrition to help you balance as well. So let’s start here, WHAT exactly are we trying to achieve when it comes to staying on level ground at home? When we zoom out and see the big picture, I think it comes down to 3 things:
Create the Setting
One of the biggest differences right now is that we have to work, live, train and sleep all in the same location, our home. So it’s vital that we are able to create settings for different activities that we would normally in different locations otherwise.
This can be as simple as physically defining a space in your house where you can exercise. You really don’t need more than an 8’x 8’ space to get a killer workout. We can also set ourselves up by getting dressed for it. Yes, actually put on gym clothes and get ready to sweat. Next, crank the music up! Whether that means putting in headphones or turning up your Bluetooth speaker, get your senses tuned in and turned up to train.
Finally, join a community! The gym is more than a building with some weights, it’s where we socialize. Joining a community online to do live workouts and share your victories is powerful in this time of social isolation. If you need a community to help push you, our Team Stay Decided Facebook group is open to all who are ready, willing and able to grow in their fitness journey.
Shift Your Mindset
There is no arguing that an at-home, bodyweight workout is different than a weightlifting session in the gym. However, this doesn’t mean it’s not useful. This is a perfect time to shift our attention to other aspects of our fitness. For example, maybe you always lift heavy but never work on your conditioning, now you can! You can’t run from your fitness in a space as small as your living room, it’s just you and the clock. Let go of old expectations of how you trained before and don’t focus on what you can’t do, but what you can.
Focus more on your movement QUALITY rather than how fast you can do 100 burpees or air squats. Think about how this particular workout made you feel physically and mentally instead of worrying about what you’re doing once the workout is over. As far as workout ideas, there are more than enough apps out there to help you stay moving, but remember we can’t put the hammer down every single day, keep recovery important as well with simple mobility routines and even yoga.
Track What You Eat
If you have read any of my content online, you know how much I value tracking your food intake. Our food follows the flow of our routine and it always will. Think about what you did before the virus, you wake up and have breakfast, run errands then a quick snack, lunch with so and so, then it’s time for afternoon break and another snack and so on. Now we have to ESTABLISH a new routine and work within that to create consistency.
Having a “feeling” of what you eat is not the same as having a physical record. Write it down, track it in an app or just snap a picture every time you eat or drink anything of caloric value. Once you have done that for 10-14 days, look at that data and see how it affected you. How do you feel, look and perform? This can be very insightful and allow you the space to create a plan to make it better based off what you want to do. Remember, being kind to yourself in this process will go a long way. It’s not about “good" or "bad” foods, its only about creating awareness and consistency in a time of uncertainty, not about being perfect.
As always if you need help with anything in this process, reach out to us below and let’s put our heads together on a solution. This will end and we will all come out on the other side, the only question is, will you be an improved version of yourself or not?