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older woman drinking water after exercise The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented us all with unexpected challenges. With many businesses and schools closed, we’re learning to navigate work and education from home, while keeping our families safe and healthy.

Social distancing is necessary during this period to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, yet some people are concerned about overall health and wellness while being stuck inside. Without access to the gym, the following tips can help you stay healthy during the outbreak.

Drink Plenty of Water

If your typically busy schedule has slowed down in response to the new COVID-19 measures, there is more time to focus on the basics, like staying hydrated. It’s recommended we drink an average of eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day to help the blood circulate and keep our skin glowing.

Start the day with a tall glass and continue to drink water throughout the day with each snack or meal. If you have a smartwatch or use a fitness app, log your water intake and set reminders to drink more often!

Do At-Home Workouts

Working out at home is easier than you think. While you might not have a treadmill, elliptical or free weights, all you need is adequate space and your own body weight for resistance. Create an at-home circuit of basic moves like squats, burpees, planks, jumping jacks, mountain climbers and pushups. For more advanced workouts, there are plenty of fitness streaming services available.

Get the whole family moving with group activities like yardwork, playing with the pets, nightly dance parties and backyard sports.

Eat Healthy Foods

The American Heart Association recommends heart healthy meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, whole grains and fresh herbs to limit salt intake.

Being home all day can tempt you to snack more, so it’s important to have healthy options. Rather than reaching for a bag of chips, opt for a handful of nuts or sliced fruit. Also have healthy snacks for the kids, to help with focus and energy during the online school day.

Get More Sleep

A good night’s sleep is critical to overall health and wellness. Many people have trouble sleeping due to stress, chronic pain, an uncomfortable bed, restless leg syndrome and other interferences.

Now more than ever, it’s important to focus on getting enough sleep to recharge the body and keep the immune system strong. To promote healthy sleeping habits, exercise, limit caffeine and alcohol intake, put down your phone and keep your room cool.
 
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