Don’t let the Covid-19 Crisis Impact Your Fitness or General Health

The Coronavirus is a serious threat, but there might be another threat after we’ll (hopefully) overcome this crisis: gyms are closed, and some cities or countries don’t allow people to leave their houses for safety reasons.

All of this might lead to other epidemics: the number of individuals suffering from heart disease or diabetes could potentially surge after the corona crisis is over.

That’s why it is of utmost importance to keep moving. If you’re stuck inside, do bodyweight exercises such as squats, push-ups, planks, or lunges or run up and down the stairs. Make it a priority to get up every hour for 3–5 minutes and move.

If you’re still able to be outside, go for a walk or run and enjoy the fresh air.

Apart from that, try to stick to a healthy diet. It might be tempting to use the lockdown to eat cookies and ice cream, but eating fresh, real food will not only prevent you from gaining weight but also strengthen your immune system.

The crisis can also increase stress and anxiety levels. Unfortunately, stress itself can decrease immune function or lead to emotional eating. Yoga, mindfulness, or meditation are excellent ways to reduce stress. So, maybe you can use the time at home to learn a new stress management skill.

As I’ve written in my previous articles: a crisis is always a chance. Maybe this is the right time to do a fitness challenge, focus on cooking healthy meals or start meditating.

Whatever you do, wherever you are: try to stay positive and strong.

In good health,
Rike

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Rike Aprea

My name is Friederike Aprea. Most people call me Rike. I'm German-born and have lived and worked in Japan and Korea before I moved to the US. I coach individuals and companies using the principles of Kaizen. Whether you want to live a more purpose-driven life, improve your health, or change the business model of your company: Kaizen can get you there. Step by step. Day by day.

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