If the coronavirus pandemic has got you missing your gym membership, you aren’t alone. At the same time, just because you’re not heading to the gym or fitness club every day doesn’t mean that you can’t get healthy. Much of your health comes down to the individual habits you have and maintain—and quarantine is actually a great time to start a new routine!
Especially since you’re saving money on your gym membership by not going to the gym right now, there are all sorts of ways you can take that monthly payment and spend it on your health. Here are five things you can do to improve your health today.
Get your annual checkup.
One important part of staying healthy is having a good baseline for your physical health in the first place. This can only be done with regular visits to your primary physician’s office, as well as other doctors, like optometrists, dentists, and audiologists. Sadly, because of how noisy the world is, hearing health is often neglected, as people watch TV or listen to music with the volume too high. Heading to a hearing health care center can be a great way to learn more about your hearing health and come up with a plan to protect your ears for life. Especially with so many people on Zoom calls wearing headphones, this is more important now than ever.
Start taking a supplement that’s right for you.
Supplements can play an important role in balancing your diet and getting your body the nutrients it needs. However, many people don’t think about taking a daily supplement because it just seems too easy. One supplement company focusing on helping you improve your health at the cellular level is Calerie. They offer supplements that boost the production of NAD in your body as well as mime a caloric restriction, which can be super helpful for boosting your metabolism and promoting weight loss. If you want to feel energized in a way that a calorie restriction diet just isn’t giving you, Calerie’s products are well worth looking into as they can combat the aging process, starting with your cells!
Find time to meditate.
If you could do something for twenty to forty minutes a day that helped lower your blood pressure, improve your outlook on life, and reduce stress for free, would you do it? That’s the power of meditation, which research has illustrated has the capacity to address feelings of anxiety, depression, and cardiovascular health, among many other benefits. Particularly during a time as chaotic as a pandemic during an election year, meditation has a vital role to play in keeping your mind sharp and your body healthy.
Take long walks.
Even if you’re self-quarantining, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take long walks outside while observing appropriate masks and social distancing rules. In fact, because of how sedentary most of America is, taking long walks is important even if you have returned to the office. Walking around a park or your neighborhood is an excellent way to unwind at the end of a long day and can burn a substantial amount of calories, too. If you’re walking alone, spend that time to catch up on your favorite podcast—or reconnect with your partner or spouse if you’re walking with someone else!
Follow a fitness instructor along at home.
While the gym may have a lot of great equipment, you can get free personal training just from heading to YouTube! Searching for “bodyweight fitness” will help you find a wide swath of at-home exercise regimens you can subscribe to. Pick out a full-body HIIT workout or some strength-training focusing on your upper body, and you won’t even miss the gym!