Happy Friday Everyone! Thank you to all essential workers, especially those in Healthcare and Government, who are fighting and leading us through this crisis. As we look forward to being able to gather with friends and family tomorrow, we still have limitations on day-to-day activities. In the future, Phase 3 allows us to go to gyms and the mandate to work from home will be lifted. With that in mind, our guest contributor, Lisa Blackburn has written an article to help us continue to stay safe and fit while we phase back to our new normal in Bermuda.
Born in Paget, Lisa is a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator. She is also a 3x Pan American Games Medalist and Masters World Record Holder for swimming. Visit her website to learn more and follow her on Facebook and Instagram. Welcome, Lisa and thank you for your contribution!
– Have a Great Weekend Bermuda!
Stay Safe. Stay Fit.
As Bermuda enjoys its last day of the shelter in place order, I’m sure everyone is getting used to their new routines at home. There are many tasks to take care of including, meal prep, supporting kids with school work, working from home, cleaning, planning to shop on specific days, and hopefully taking time for yourself to exercise and workout. As you read through the tips below please keep in mind that you may venture up to half a mile from your home for a maximum of 60 minutes of exercise per day. As we cope with the demands of our new normal, here are some tips on how to stay fit and healthy at home.
1. Take care of yourself first.
I am sure we have all heard this before but it is utterly essential during these challenging times. When we take care of our personal needs and ensure we are emotionally, physically, and mindfully taken care of, we are in a much better place to take care of others. It’s ok to take the time to take care of yourself with kindness, compassion, and love…you and your family will thank you for it! By taking care of yourself, you will also lead by example and show your family that it’s important to take care of their personal needs too. And when a household takes self-love to heart you will be amazed at how much more you can support each other throughout these long days. Taking care of yourself may take shape in many forms including, nutrition, self-care, sufficient time for relaxation and quality sleep, and of course, exercise and movement.
2. Step by step.
We all have to start somewhere, and it begins with having the courage to take the first step. Make the decision to get up and move. Move out the door, down the street, and repeat. Start where you are and add one additional challenge each day. You don’t need to start with fancy equipment, a personal trainer, or a specialized workout program. All you need is the mindset to want to start to make a move towards improved health and to include movement in your day, every day. I’d like to encourage you to make that first move. Take the first step to living a healthy lifestyle. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you for it.
3. Workout early in the day.
The early bird catches the worm! When we move our bodies early in the day many physiological things take place:
- our core body temperature increases
- we kickstart our metabolism
- our endorphins flow through our bloodstream
- we start the day doing something we love (your favorite routine or sport)
Why not start your day doing something fun that makes you feel good?!
4. Set a schedule and stick to it.
Routines help you get through the day while making sure nothing gets overlooked. Our minds may become exhausted from the monotony of what feels like “groundhog day”. Yet a planned schedule will allow you to mix up and create the daily/weekly routine of your choice. Alleviate brain fog by planning for your day the night before and mix up your workouts. For example schedule cardio such as walking or running on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Include strength workouts on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday. A sample schedule like this will support you in staying motivated and will alleviate boredom from always doing the same thing. A varied, dynamic workout routine will support you in wanting to continue with your exercise program on a regular basis.
5. Dress for success.
Prepare for your day like a regular workday pre-lockdown. Yes, this means showering, shaving, doing your hair and makeup, and getting “ready” for the day. Although it may seem somewhat rebellious, fun, and quirky to work in your pajamas from your kitchen table, this may wear on your body and mind after a few weeks. Take responsibility for your success by dressing for success at work and for your workout every day. Pick out your favorite outfit, put on those joggers, and take that first step out the door.
6. Have fun with a buddy.
Think of how many times we may have wished we had more time to spend at home, be with family, and to not have to go to the office today. Think of how much fun you can have as you plan your day and your workouts with a family member. Sometimes the best workout is the workout you do with a buddy! Encourage your family to participate as you support each other to be fitter, healthier and happier on the journey to improved health and well being
Remember life is what you make it! Choose to take care of yourself and your health and everything else will fall into place. When we feel good we do good. And when we do good we feel good. We can all make a difference and it all begins with making the decision to take care of your health and well being first. Stay safe, stay home, and stay fit Bermuda!
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