Hello, all my fellow Your World friends that are sharing the same home isolation journey as myself right now. What a time in history. Just think, this moment that we are all experiencing together right now will be taught about in history classes for years to come!
It has come to my attention that a lot of you are concerned about losing all your fitness gains that you have worked so very hard for. I completely understand your frustration and I’m hoping that this blog will lift your spirits a little and give you hope that not all is lost.
I’m not an expert in the area but I can give advice from my own personal experience. Six years ago, I was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism which caused significant damage. I lost my career, my fitness, my health, my finances and I was house bound for 6 months. I’m not writing this for a violin moment, I’m writing this because I learnt how to get through it and would like to share with you all how I did it and how I regained my fitness (and remained sane) whilst house bound.
First and foremost, please write a daily planner. EVERY day! Make it simple to begin with, especially if you are experiencing overwhelming depression and anxiety. Always include making your bed first thing in the morning on that planner. Include what time you will start preparing your meals, when you will eat, when you will do your household chores and when you will do your workout. I know this sounds a bit simple but the worst thing you can do for your mental health right now is lose your sense of routine. Stay on track, write down that daily planner.
Secondly, still focusing on that routine, go to bed at the same time every day and wake up at the same time every day. If possible, also eat your meals at the same time every day. Keep your mind and body balanced. Now is not a good time to add even less structure to your life.
Now for the biggie that I’ve been getting…Will I lose my fitness? In all honestly, probably not. IF you stick to the advice that I gave in tips one and two. Keep yourself together, keep up your routine and incorporate exercise into that routine. As a golden rule, I personally change my exercise routine every 6-8 weeks to avoid plateauing and most of my exercises are body weighted anyway so if anything, the new changes in exercises will be a welcoming change for your body. For those of you worried about losing muscle, this can be helped with diet.
Adding extra protein to your diet does increase muscle IF YOU EXERCISE, which you will still need to do. Make sure you add protein to each meal and for serious muscle fanatics, every 2 hours. A Micellular protein supplement before bed can help for those that have quite large muscle mass and obviously can’t eat protein every 2 hours during the night.
You’ve heard me mention food quite a bit here. Us humans are terrible when it comes to emotional eating and eating from boredom. In times of crisis such as the one that we are in now, it can be far too easy to keep going back to that snack cupboard. First, don’t buy those snacks! Second try downloading an app such as My Fitness Pal onto your phone and start logging what you eat. You are more than welcome to add me as your friend on MyFitness Pal and I can keep an eye on you. My nickname on MyFitnessPal is Jenny_Style.
Also, use this time to start creating all those healthy meals that you’ve been dreaming of having the time to make and use social media for inspiration on tips and ideas for affordable, healthy meal options. Now’s the time to really start focusing on building that perfect eating plan that you’ve always put off due to time restrictions.
My parting words would be to remember that we are all in this together and we will get through this. In the meantime, we must take care of our physical and mental health though and I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep up your physical fitness during this time. Go for walks, start a veggie patch, turn up the beats whilst you cook and dance around a bit, become more active with the kids, write up your new home fitness program and tune in to our live Your World Fitness 30 minute fitness sessions each day, (we are here to help you through)........and write that bloody planner!
Yours in health,