How To Maintain Your Fitness During A Corona Pandemic


Health is surely the outcome of mindful eating and regular physical activity. Healthy nutrients and exercise work in combo; both augment each other to boost the mental and physical health of a person. After the outbreak of the corona pandemic, it’s normal to feel stir crazy and less motivated to exercise since the pandemic has turned your routine upside down. In this disastrous situation, a sedentary lifestyle could not be afforded because it will weaken our immune system along with increasing the risks of chronic diseases like a cardio problem, diabetes, and hypertension. So, exercise has become important more than ever before. As gyms and fitness centers are closed and people are working from home due to strict lockdowns everywhere in the world, following fitness activities has become even more challenging. If you enjoy workout classes, you will surely be missing the camaraderie and the atmosphere of the gym. Here we will guide you on how to adapt to these new conditions and maintain your health.

Eat healthy during the pandemic:
Healthy nutritions are crucial for health, particularly in times when the immune system might need to fight back against the deadly virus. We need to keep up more and more fruits and vegetable intake in these hard times. But the dearth to fresh foods can compromise opportunities to continue eating a healthy and varied diet. You will be left with no choice except to eat unhealthy processed foods that tend to be high in fats, sugars, and salt. Try to swap in healthy dried or canned alternatives when you can’t find fresh food. You should make cooking and eating fun during these tough times. Moreover, drinking lots of water to stay hydrated and juices to improve your immune system are highly recommended along with a good diet.

Some easy to do physical activities for the quarantine period:
The importance of exercise during the corona age can not be denied. Besides boosting your immune system, exercise is a proven mood-booster and can help adults reduce stress levels and build emotional resilience. Moreover, exercise helps you fall asleep faster and improves sleep quality which will eventually strengthen your immune system.

Outdoor exercises:
If you are allowed and comfortable to go out, you can do any one of these physical activities,

Walking:
Walking is easy to do solo physical activity, a good cardio exercise, which works your large muscles over and over and pushes your heart and lungs to work hard. Over time, it will make your heart stronger and more efficient. Walking will also help you maintain weight as well as working your muscles and joints to improve your flexibility and strength.

Cycling:
The benefits of cycling are endless and can be considered a top-notch cardio workout. If you’re considering cycling, you are choosing the best low-impact, healthy physical activity that burns about 400 calories an hour. Moreover, this gentle workout strengthens your lower body, including your legs, hips, and glutes.

Running:
As an easy to do (high-impact) cardio exercise, running is one of the most straightforward ways to get the important benefits of exercise. It improves aerobic fitness which in turn will strengthen your heart. Additionally, it torches a great number of extra calories besides toning up your leg muscles and body strength.

Indoor physical activities:
Doing house chores:
Household tasks like scrubbing, sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming can all be considered as beneficial as some workout when done at a brisk pace. They work the muscles in your arms and legs and can improve your fitness.

Yoga:
Workout fads come and go, but virtually no other exercise program is as enduring and beneficial as yoga during this lockdown period. Yoga, an ancient workout, does more than burning calories, improving strength, enhancing flexibility, and toning muscles. It’s a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation which is a great way to kill anxiety and depression. It actually boosts your mental wellbeing too. It’s an easy form of workout, you just need to buy some fine quality workout top and short and start doing yoga by following youtube videos or online yoga sessions.

Join online workout sessions:
Many gyms and fitness experts are offering online workouts during quarantine, you can join any one of them that fits your fitness goals. Some of them are charging and others are offering this service for free. If you can’t join a class, you can follow along with online exercise videos available on youtube.
The Upshot:
The corona pandemic has confined us to our homes and devastated all of our routines including fitness routine. In these obnoxious times, we can keep ourselves healthy and fit by mindful eating and doing regular physical activities, indoors or outdoors.

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Food for your muscles


I wanted to share one of my favorite shake recipes with you! This recipe is for all watermelon lovers! You knew how good watermelon is for you right? Adding it to your fuel is even better. If you are working out everyday , and need that workout shake right after, this may be your favorite. 

This shake incorporates whey protein , which we know helps with shedding body fat and held with muscle mass. I know many of you may be sick of drinking the same chocolate whey everyday, so to switch it up , try this. 

1 scoop vanilla whey protein

1 cup cubed watermelon

1/4 peeled cucumber

1/2 cup aloe water 

1 tablespoon lime juice 

Blend it all together for a tasty shake for your muscles. Watermelon is loaded with so many antioxidants and can help with your workouts. It has a high water content that will help with recovery. This is a water based shake which helps the body recover quicker with hydration. It’s amazingly tasty. 

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No gym? Take your gym with you.


Hi ladies!

imageIve written about the importance of fitness, and moving your body everyday. If you have a certain gym membership, or have been hitting up the latest yoga class, when you leave town it can seem a bit stressful to think that you will have to miss that class or gym day. No worries! This day in age, it is so easy just to pack your gym with you. It sounds a bit crazy, but I know a lot of people that do it, including myself. If I am staying in a hotel, I usually hit their gym, but if I’m going to visit friends, or staying in a secluded area, I take my gym essentials with me. I’m not saying that you can’t go find a gym , or grab a class at the nearest gym, but to save the hassle, you can take some great products with you , that you can do in the comfort of wherever you are staying. If you are into stretching , or light yoga, grab your yoga mat, and a video , and do your yoga. For the core workouts, and arm work, you can grab some dumbells, and a great koreball that I love, and work those abs. Moving doesn’t need to difficult, or fancy, or luxurious Everytime you workout. You need yourself sometimes, and a few great things to get that workout started. Resistance bands are great to take on small trips. You can use those bands in many ways that hit a lot of muscle groups. The next time you leave town , and start stressing about how you are going to get that workout in, or where your going to find a gym, save yourself the stress and pack it. You may end up loving it better than that class your taking , or loving the convienence.

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Workout ensembles.. Good Motivation?


outfitHi Ladies!

It’s Wednesday, and I want my Wednesdays to be based around healthiness, and how to live a more healthy lifestyle. I did a post on Cardio importance, and I want to cover the basis of a good cute workout ensemble, and how much does it motivate our workouts? Well I have to say for me, that wearing a cute outfit always helps me to feel better when going to the gym. I feel when I have a good pair of dri fit shorts, or great comfortable stretch capris on, that I move better, and feel more comfortable, and less stressed during that hour. I LOVE workout clothes, and I can never have enough of Lululemon. I find that I am on their website each week looking at their amazing clothes, and I feel just having good comfortable clothes on, whether I’m taking a class, or running, or the occasional bike ride with my daughter, that I feel better. There are so many brands including www.athleta.com , or www.lululemon.com,  to name a few of my favorites , that they are making comfortable clothes quite fabulous. I have so many yoga cardigans and shawls that I take with me on nights out, just because they are  fashionable,  yet comfy. Who doesn’t love the matching tanks with the great looking pants. I love fashion, and fashion doesn’t consist of casual wear. for me , it extends into fitness. If you want to look good when you go to your dinners, why not look good when you go to the gym, minus the makeup of course. Do you have a great workout ensemble you would like to share? Please send your photos to fit and Bliss! We would love to share them.

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Ways to stay motivated with your fitness


Hi ladies! 

We all know how crazy our schedules can be, trying to fit in everything we want to do or have to do, and it’s very easy to fall off track, or get sidetracked on our fitness routines. There are some great ways to stay motivated and keep going everyday to stay in shape and get moving. 

– always try to keep a journal. If you are eating well, and feeling energized and great, you aren’t going to want to fall off the wagon. Looking in your journal, and seeing how you gave been eating and what you have been eating will keep you on the right track. 

– try to avoid eating out at places that do not offer healthy entrees. One thing that happens to a lot of people, is they go out to lunch or dinner more often than not, and tend to eat fatty meals loaded with sodium. Believe me when I say this.. 90 percent of the salads offered, are not healthy!  Try eating regular natural foods from home. 

– mark out your day with one hour of you time. Take that one hour and go workout. Take a class, go for a run, or go take a yoga class. You are moving and that’s all you need. 

– get a goal of what you want to achieve. Whether it’s a picture or something else, keep it close and work your butt off to get there. You can do it!!  

 

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