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Finding Your Sense of Calm in an Uncertain World

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You can Find a Sense of Calm and Control by Establishing a Solid Routine

Wouldn’t it be nice to find a sense of calm during this stressful time?  If you find yourself too anxious, apprehensive or disoriented to know what day of the week it is, you are not alone.  The Coronavirus came without warning and threw us into a stressful and unpredictable time like no other.  Nearly half of Americans admit that the Pandemic has had a major negative impact on their mental health. The staggering ever-rising statistics of Coronavirus infections and deaths are overwhelming.  The CDC reports that a large majority of us are worried about our health and finances, are unable to obtain necessary supplies, have a hard time concentrating and sleeping, have changed our eating habits and have increased alcohol, tobacco or drug use.  While there is a lot of uncertainty in today’s world, there are ways we can regain a sense of calm and control.  One of those ways is by establishing a solid routine.

What if that solid routine could make us worry less, while at the same time giving us less to worry about? A daily dose of exercise can do just that.  There are few better ways to manage your stress than by working out.  According to Dr. Randall Stafford of Stanford University, “it is critical to be physically active” in order to maintain optimal health during this Pandemic.  Exercise is good for our overall health, immune system and mental health.  Physical activity reduces blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.  It improves bone and muscle strength, balance and flexibility.  It also improves our immune function, and aids in weight management.  Inactivity and obesity, on the other hand, are risk factors for Covid-19 as well as most other diseases.

Exercise is a Great De-Stresser

The abruptness and urgency of the Coronavirus crisis has highlighted the importance of our health more than ever.  A sound body and mind will always increase our odds of surviving life’s many challenges.  We can find a sense of calm and control through regular exercise.  The easiest way to build a solid routine based on physical fitness is through Virtual Personal Training from the comfort and safety of your own home. 

With the best health and fitness experts, Golden Home Fitness can design a schedule conveniently tailored around your availability and preference.  Best of all, your workouts will be done in the safety, comfort and convenience of your own home via smartphone, computer or tablet.  The advantage of this opportunity cannot be overstated.  You will save invaluable time and frustration by not having to commute to a gym, be more at ease and focused without by-standers, and you will maximize output by choosing your most energetic portion of the day.  

Golden Home Fitness Personal Training makes sense not only during quarantine, but always.  If you are serious about your health and fitness, it is definitely the way to go.  You can manage your stress now and always by working out with us.  In addition, you can enlist your whole family for hikes, walks, runs, bike rides, or dance-athons.  If time or motivation is an issue, try fitting a few 15 minute bouts of jump roping, stair climbing, bodyweight strength training or core work into your day.  Alternatively, you could challenge yourself to do 10 squats every hour, or 15 sit ups after each zoom call.   Squeezing in a few sets of crunches, push ups or planks into commercial breaks will give you a much-needed physical and mental boost.  Every little bit counts and, trust me, you will never regret any effort you put into a better body and mind.

Healthy Food and Supplements Keep Our Minds Calm and Our Bodies Strong

In addition to working out regularly, eating well is the most important thing we can do to find a sense of calm and in control in a changing world.  According to the health experts at Forks and Knives, we should consume “as many whole plant foods as possible to both optimize nutrient content and minimize toxic burden.”  Promoting good bacteria in our gut by eating clean whole foods aids in disease prevention.  

Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants, fish and walnuts give us Omega 3 Fatty Acids, nuts and greens provide us with healthy nutrients and fiber.   Beets, carrots, apples, potatoes, cabbage and sweet potatoes will all last for months in your fridge.  Canned beans, frozen fruits and vegetables and oatmeal are also excellent pantry staples to turn to for nutritious, affordable foods that won’t expire quickly. Discovering the optimal nutrients to consume for your goals may seem overwhelming, but the Health Coaches at Golden Home Fitness can take all the guesswork out of it by designing the diet of your dreams.

While most of us do our best to ingest all the daily nutrients we need, many of us fall short even when every type of food is readily available.  If you don’t usually take a multivitamin, taking one now makes sense, as we adapt our diets to a changing planet. Golden Home Fitness has an extensive line of disease-fighting Nutraceuticals to maximize your immune response available on their website.  If you find yourself lacking energy, feeling sluggish or if your hair, skin and nails are dry, chances are you are lacking in some important nutrients.  GHF Nutraceuticals can provide the antioxidants and micronutrients you need for optimal health, and can help you manage stress.

Sleep Allows Our Bodies and Minds to Recover

Regular exercise and good nutrition are two critical components of a healthy body and mind not only during this Pandemic, but always.  Another critical component is sleep.  A good night’s sleep boosts our immune system, lowers stress, improves our mood and concentration, and makes it easier to exercise, eat right and get along with our quarantine roommates.  If you want to find your sense of calm, try to establish a soothing nighttime ritual such as reading, meditation or journaling, create a calming environment and schedule at least 7 or 8 hours of quality sleep each night.  You will find your daily tasks more manageable, your patience and humanity more attainable and your outlook much more positive.

In addition to maintaining your health, the CDC, the WHO, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx all recommend the following protocols for Covid-19 prevention:  stay at home (or outdoors but away from people) as much as possible, avoid large crowds, limit errands to essential ones, socially distance at least 6 feet, wear masks and avoid touching your face in public, wash your hands well and often, and disinfect frequently-touched areas of your home with a disinfectant such as a bleach or 70% alcohol solution.  

Our New Normal Can Be Better Than Before

Staying healthy and fit is a life-long challenge.  Doing it well improves your quality of life and gives you a sense of calm and control.  This period of time requires that we all be vigilant and patient.  Covid-19 came without warning, completely transformed our lives and has no known departure date.  Another way to hone in on a sense of balance and normalcy is to start our day by focusing on 3 deep breaths and 3 things we are grateful for. In addition, donating our skills, time or money to those in need during this Pandemic can give us a sense of hope and community in the face of so much adversity. 

None of us expected the Coronavirus Pandemic and none of us know when it will end.  If we are one of the lucky ones in good health, we owe it to ourselves and to our world to make something good come out of this time.  Besides managing our stress, we can learn a new sport, language or skill, complete a long-sought-after project or  bond with our family more than ever.  If we focus on our health and wellness, we can become healthier and stronger than ever before.  On behalf of Golden Home Fitness, may you and your family stay healthy and well, and may the end of this crisis light your path and strengthen your resolve to live the life that you deserve.


Endnotes

CDC.gov;  CNN.com;  Stanford Medicine, scopeblog.Stanford.edu;  nutrition.org;  forksoverknives.com;  2020 Kaiser Family Foundation, kff.org;  Society for Women’s Health Research, swhr.org;  The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com;  travelandleisure.com

 

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