Coronavirus: How to Stay Healthy At Home

April 13th, 2020

Heart Shaped bowl of Fruit

The coronavirus outbreak is causing many of us to work from home — and stay home period. But it shouldn’t be a license to let yourself go completely. Two of the biggest mistakes you can make during this crisis, according to experts, are not exercising and instead stocking up on unhealthy foods like over-salted snacks and over-sweetened sugars as a way to relieve the tension.

“It’s quite likely (coronavirus) will induce a lot of stress and anxiety,” said Brandon Alderman, director of the Exercise Psychophysiology Laboratory at Rutgers University. Exercising or just being physically active is a great way to head off that stress, he added. Reduce your sitting time at home. Get up and do something. Anything. We are here to clarify any particular tips or exercise for you, so please feel free to reach out with anything that you need.

Here are a few tips, on how to stay healthy at home.

Workout/Exercise:

As COVID-19 continues to spread, establishing a home workout routine is a safe alternative to going to the gym. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on an exercise bike to work out effectively at home. Many workouts, including bodyweight exercises and yoga, require little to no equipment. Running, or any moderate or vigorous exercise, can be done alone or in a group of 2-3 people, without any equipment and without the need to touch or be too close to other people.

Manage your stress:

Yes, we know this can be a stressful time for everyone. However, try to manage your stress. It will help you stay healthy. Read a book, FaceTime a friend … or use this time to prepare a garden full of fruits and vegetables.

Eat your fruits and vegetables:

Especially if you are working from home, you’ve got a “break room” i.e. the kitchen full of snacks and goodies. But think twice about what you are eating. Rather than munching on chips or cookies, how about grapes or nuts? The USDA recommends eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day. This can be vital to staying healthy. Moderation and portion control are key, also try not to eat in front of the TV. It’ll make you eat more since you’re focused on what’s happening on the screen.

Get sleep:

Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Some adults, however, can get away with just six, but on the contrary, some need 10. Older adults (ages 65 and older) need 7-8 hours of sleep each day, they said. Listen to your body — if you are tired, get sleep.