How to Stay Heart Healthy While Staying Home
Posted by: Tampa Cardio
On: July 17, 2020
During this time when things are so uncertain and gyms, restaurants, and pretty well everything else seems to be open one minute and closed the next it can be hard to get a routine going and stay on track.
Just because we are at home doesn’t mean we have to give up on our goals or our health – mentally or physically.
We wanted to offer some positive self-motivating ideas to keep you going strong and come out of this even stronger.
Take Daily Walks
We all love our big comfy couches, but there is only so many days and hours you can sit on your but lounging around before you start to lose your marbles and crave movement and companionship.
That’s why we encourage you to get up, get out, and take walks. First thing in the morning, over lunch, mid-afternoon, or early evening are all great times to get out there and learn the sidewalks of your neighborhood a little better. If you’re concerned about coming into contact with other people, we recommend early in the morning or mid-afternoon when fewer people are likely to be out and about.
Play Some Tunes that You Love
Music effects mood directly. Compile an upbeat playlist or put on your favorite album or radio station and allow yourself to sing and dance and just get lost it in. Living room dancing can even be a good workout!
Hydration is Key!
Aim to drink 64 oz of water minimum daily. Try and drink it all before dinner so that you aren’t called to the rest room in the middle of the night. Hydration is essential for both physical and mental wellbeing.
It’s so tempting to just grab your favorite snacky things and plunk down on the couch. Do not give in. You will regret it later. Grocery shopping has become more stressful during this pandemic, but that stress is no reason to throw your meal plan out the window.
No matter if you are ordering groceries for curbside pick-up or going into the store itself, make sure to include leafy greens, veggies, and fruits. Choose whole grains, lean meats, and ignore the processed foods. Eating fresh while self-isolating will help maintain your weight and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to regulate your moods, hormones, and energy levels.
Whether your gym remains closed due to state and local guidelines or you’re simply not comfortable with the idea of exercising around other people right now, you can still work on your fitness goals from the comfort of your own home.
If you aren’t familiar with at home workouts search YouTube for the kind of workout you’re looking to do or invest in a pair of adjustable dumbbells to do some lightweight training from the comfort of your living room.
From body weight exercises, to yoga, to Pilates the internet holds endless options that can be adapted to any fitness level. Just pick something and get started. If you like it keep going if not, no harm done, try something else till you find a workout that suits you.
This is an extremely stressful time, that those already dealing with health concerns are understandably worried about the impact this virus could have on their health. Regardless of the adjustments you need to make to feel comfortable and safe, know that there are ways to maintain your healthy lifestyle while doing so.
If you’re worried about any area of your health – mental, physical, or emotional – contact your primary care provider to discuss your options. For your heart health we would love to see you in our office at Tampa Cardiovascular Associates in Tampa Bay, Florida. www.tampacardio.com 813-975-2800
Posted by: Tampa Cardio