Staying fit and healthy during lockdown is not something that should be taken lightly. Many meme creators and social media users have not shied away from openly discussing the raging battle of the bulge during locking. The reality is that most people while trying to flatten the curve, have only been seeing an enlargement of their own bodily curves. Much of this unhealthy weight gain is most likely due to stress, fear, and pure boredom but that should not be anyone’s norm. Continue reading to find out how to stay fit when you are under lockdown.
Start with your Diet
A healthy diet is essential if you are going to stay fit in lockdown. It is okay to splurge or indulge here or there but for the most part, a healthy eating routine must be established. Stick to food that is nutrient-rich and avoid refined carbs that are empty of essential nutrients. Find new and fun ways to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet. Something as simple as drinking a smoothie for breakfast made with spinach, strawberries, and a splash of almond milk can make all the difference. Look for recipes that are low in calories and high in essential vitamins and minerals.
Intermittent fasting has long been considered a great way to lose weight and stay healthy. Although not recommended for everyone, starting in small increments during lockdown can help you get a jumpstart on your health and prepare you for post-lockdown fitness goals.
Utilize Your Stairs
Since most of us are stuck inside, if you have a staircase you can use for exercise, go for it. The Stairmaster is not an option anymore, unless of course you own one, but a staircase works just as well. Use your stairs as a training ground. If you are a beginner start small and set a goal to walk up and down the stairs each day for a certain round of sets that you feel work best for you. Once you feel like you have attained that goal, aim higher and try to pick up the pace and even consider skipping a step or two as you advance. Of course, make sure that your staircase is sturdy and take precautions to stay safe while running up and down your stairs. Ending up in the hospital with a serious fall injury is the last place you want to be.
Exercise while watching TV
Do not let entertainment stop you from reaching your fitness goals during lockdown. Use commercials as a perfect break to do short high-intensity exercises. If you have family members that you can workout with, challenge them to see who can do the most push ups or crunches during the commercial breaks. Most of us are watching a lot more tv than usual during lockdown and this is the perfect opportunity to seize the day and get healthy while being entertained.
Peptides for the Win
Peptides have long been studied in the scientific community and have been shown to have significant efficacy when it comes to producing desired results. Of course, most peptide studies have been done of mice and rats and further testing is needed to determine how humans will be affected. The hunger peptide, otherwise known as MT-2 has been studied on rats and mice and outcomes suggest that the peptide reduces cravings and food intake. That is a potentially promising study for further research and trials. This peptide has not yet been approved by the FDA for human use.
Find a Workout Buddy
Having a workout partner will help you stay motivated when you are trying to stay fit during lockdown. Find a family member in your household who is willing to set fitness goals with you and stay dedicated to the cause. If no one wants to join you, or if you are in lockdown alone, there are many virtual programs being offered to help keep you motivated. This can work just as well, and some programs are even meeting virtually with clients to foster an atmosphere of community while working out.
Get out of your Comfort Zone
Lockdown is out of the range of our comfort zones and trying to stay fit might only increase those feelings of insecurity. Take it as a challenge to better yourself and attempt something that you would not have dreamed of needing to do in the past. You will be able to look back with zero regrets.