As cases of COVID-19 spread throughout the country, our daily lives and routines will continue to be impacted. Quarantine is certainly a new concept for many people, but it’s so important to do all that you can to stay active and well. Below, we’ve outlined a few tips and suggestions to take a look at for some help staying healthy and active.
Increase exercise and physical activity as much as possible. According to the CDC, the recommended amount of exercise for an individual each week should be at least 150 minutes. Achieving this amount of exercise could also put you at a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Although this might sound like a very high number, think about it this way – it’s 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week. By slowly adding more activity into your daily routine, you can definitely achieve this goal. Try leisurely activities such as a 30-minute brisk walk by yourself or with your pet. There are also many workout videos readily available on YouTube, that could be a nice switch up! If you’re working remotely, a nice switch up could be creating a makeshift standing desk. Not only will this increase your movement, you might feel even better too.
Portion control. Being home more often could lead to extra snacking and increased portion sizes. Today, adults consume roughly 300 more calories each day, compared to 1985. This could be for a number of reasons, but it’s important to be aware that our portion sizes have significantly increased over the past 35 years. Take a look at some suggested serving sizes, which can be found here.
Heart healthy diet with low cholesterol. It’s important to be mindful that you’re consuming a balanced diet and avoiding too many high-sodium or sugary snacks. A recent science advisory from the American Heart Association found that heart healthy diets are inherently lower in cholesterol and stress the importance of incorporating vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Assess your personal diet and try to incorporate more vegetables and fruits when possible.
From the entire team at BIOLIFE4D, we hope everyone stays healthy and well. If you haven’t already, please be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, where we will share more health tips and studies.