Spending all this time at home is not ideal, and it’s no secret that isolation can have big impacts on your mental and physical health. Over the past few months, it’s been a struggle for me to stay active when I feel stuck in quarantine. Today, I’m going to share four tips that I’ve incorporated into my daily routine to boost my endorphins, get myself moving, and feel better physically and mentally.
Get out of the house!
When I was at school, I walked everywhere - to class, to the gym, to my sorority house, and everywhere else. Now that I’m at home, I find it a lot harder to keep moving. I like taking my dog on walks around the neighborhood to not only provide a change of scenery but get my steps in for the day!
Set a workout schedule, and keep to it
One of the hardest things for me was learning how to workout at home. I’m usually a big fan of the stair stepper at the gym and dance workout classes with friends, and I didn’t know how to get a similar workout in my house. I’ve since found tons of helpful videos on YouTube, and just recently finished a Chloe Ting Summer Shred workout program! Finding workouts that I liked and was able to do made a huge difference, and this workout program in particular set a 35 day schedule to follow. I told myself that if I finished the entire program, I would buy myself a new workout set - and I did! There are so many amazing resources on the internet for at home workout programs there are easy to do and require no materials, and I highly recommend starting one with a friend - virtually!
Drink water as soon as you wake up
Something that I’ve been guilty of is going an entire day without drinking a sip of water. I love iced coffee, and I love lemonade, so I’ve had to be a lot more mindful about what I’m consuming throughout the day. I’ve recently started placing a full glass of water by my bed before I go to sleep, and as soon as I wake up, I drink the entire glass before I get up and make coffee. I’ve found that I feel way more hydrated and encouraged to keep drinking water throughout the day!
Eat (or drink) your veggies!
I’ve also had to be more mindful about what I’m eating, and how much I’m snacking. Sometimes I eat breakfast at 4pm! Because of this, I’ve realized that my vegetable intake has gone way down, so I’ve been making green juice at home. Not only is it delicious, but it’s super healthy and a great way to make sure you’re getting enough veggies everyday. I like to make mine with kale, bananas, frozen mango, green apple, coconut water, and lemon, but there are tons of other recipes out there on the internet! I encourage you to try it - you might like it more than you think.
I hope that these tips help, and that y’all are staying safe and staying healthy!
Xx, Annelise Silkaitis,
University of South Carolina, Delta Zeta