In light of the current situation in the world many people are starting to feel a little cooped up. Being home bound may have some pleasures (working in your jammies?) but it certainly also has its challenges.
One of these challenges can be staying healthy at home. Eating a healthy diet at home can be difficult when access to food is limited. In addition, exercise can be tough, depending on your home environment and access to the outdoors. And of course, the topic of the day can not be ignored– keeping your immune system in tip top shape.
So, what’s a home bound individual to do? Well there are many ways to improve your diet. In fact the eating at home situation can be one of the best ways to plan your meals, cook healthier food and stay on top of your portions. In fact, this period of hunkering down may be just the reset button you needed to improve your eating. No time like the present to start a moderate eating plan with online resources such as Weight Watchers or Noom. Try coming up with a meal plan at the beginning of the week and sticking to it– including pre-portioned snacks set aside for each day. You can avoid the constant trips to the fridge if you know you have a plan and stick to it. Taking the right vitamins may help with your nutritional needs and help with appetite. Take our vitamin deficiency quiz.
In addition to healthy eating at home, a good plan should include exercise. The gym being closed is NOT an excuse to skimp on exercise. If the weather is nice and you are able to go out for a walk, run or bike ride that is an easy way to get exercise and fresh air. But not everyone has these options depending on their weather and specific location. There are plenty of at home solutions that can be employed to get some exercise. The internet has abundant options including but not limited to workouts, yoga sessions, pilates, cardio dance classes and more. In addition, some people have home exercise equipment that certainly can be put to use (everything from the high end Peloton to your basic weights or exercise machines) can work. If you are really struggling try getting into a set routine with a friend or family member (this can be done via videochat if needed). If you feel like you need some extra energy to power your work out you may consider our Power Up Situational Supplement.
And what about that most essential concern of immune support? It turns out that many of the other things you do for general health will also help with immunity. These include eating well, exercising regularly and getting decent sleep. And of course trying to keep your stress levels in check (read more here on combatting anxiety and stress in these trying times). Our Immune Blast Situational Supplement can also be helpful at times like these (some extra vitamin C, zinc and D3 can benefit you when you are coming down with something). And of course, we would never forget to mention the role of a daily vitamin routine in improving health.
It turns out that when trying to stay healthy at home it’s a great time to consider taking the right vitamins. Vitamins can play an important role in keeping you healthy. They can be helpful in everything from helping control appetite (by repleting your nutritional needs) to giving you the energy to exercise, helping with anxiety, sleep and immunity. The best approach is to take a personalized vitamin regimen based on your diet, lifestyle and health concerns. Certain vitamin deficiencies may be more prominent during homebound times (for example vitamin D, which we typically get from sunlight). Take our vitamin deficiency quiz to get the right all in one daily vitamin for your needs.
So don’t feel like being stuck at home is going to harm your health. Rather, seize the opportunity to improve your health. Eat better, be active, boost your immune system and by all means, connect to friends, family and others via technology to get emotional support. We will all get through this and hopefully come out on the other side a little wiser, more resilient and possibly even healthier if you put your time to good use. Taking the right vitamins is a simple way to start that process.
Romy Block specializes in Endocrinology and Metabolism and is mother to three active adolescent boys. Arielle Levitan is a Doctor of Internal Medicine with a special interest in Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health. She is a mother of three teenagers. As professional women with active family lives, they recognize that people often neglect their own health needs and are uncertain about what vitamins to take. Each person is different in her diet, exercise and health history, and will benefit from different nutrients. After years of advising their patients about the proper vitamins to take, Drs. Block and Levitan created Vous Vitamin® to provide people everywhere with quality vitamins that are suited to their individual needs. They are authors of the award winning The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear Confusion About Vitamins and Your Health (She Writes Press, 2015). Take your vitamin survey now to get exactly the right vitamins for your needs.
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