Healthy habits at home
We're all spending more time at home right now. While it might be easy to eat poorly, drink more and lay on the couch for most of the day, there are ways we can use this time to create healthier habits.
Here are 5 ways you can come out of ISO feeling better than before...
Embrace Better Hygiene
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it's that we probably didn't appreciate just how quickly germs spread from our hands. Therefore, learning to keep the hands clean without drying them out is an essential part of self-care. This should be followed by habits like wiping surfaces and door handles on a regular basis.
Improved hygiene inside the home can quickly lead to improvements outside the home. Aside from protecting you against COVID-19, it will reduce the threat of various minor viruses.
Focus On Oral Health
Your mouth goes through a lot due to eating, talking, and breathing. Unsurprisingly, then, it deserves a lot of attention within your daily healthcare. Dentist Dr Andrew Freelander recommends visiting a professional twice per year. However, the experts also advocate strong daily oral hygiene that covers brushing, flossing, and mouthwash.
Regular hydration is great for your mouth too, as well as your general health. The fact that a winning smile also enhances your appearance and self-confidence is a bonus too.
If you're still willing to hit the gym following the social distancing adaptations, that's great. However, most people don't want to do that. When coupled with the fact that you're spending more time at home, it makes sense to use home workouts. There are plenty of online videos on HIIT, yoga, and a range of cardio tasks. Use them.
Meanwhile, garden weight or stationary rowing machines are good additions. When you're more active at home, it's likely that you'll follow it up with being less lazy elsewhere.
Good nutrition is the foundation of any healthy lifestyle. You cannot expect the body to perform if you don't feed it the right stuff. Nutritionist Jane Clarke says smaller portions will have the biggest influence on your routines. It is a task that should start at home, and can include using a labelled plate. You can train your body in no time.
However, your choice of foods are vital too. Introducing more home cooked meals is a great solution. When added to increased fruit and veg intake, you won't go wrong.
What you do during the day is important. However, it's what you do at night that can truly transform your life for the better. It is suggested that you learn to stop using smartphones in bed for at least an hour before sleep. Likewise, you should find ways of allowing your mind to ease its way into sleep. Evening beauty routines can play a big role.