The COVID-19 pandemic that affects us all is a first for everyone, and while we’re following advice to stay inside to help “flatten the curve,” we’re thinking about how to stay healthy. Here’s a game plan for how to keep yourself in good shape for when it’s time to get back to our everyday routines. Make sure to check our update page for scheduling updates throughout the SA spring season.
Wash your hands!
It’s always been a good idea to wash hands before preparing food or eating a meal, especially during cold and flu season. The COVID-19 virus is especially transferable by person-to-person contact, and can persist on surfaces — but the good news is that it can be destroyed by washing your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Here’s a handy tip guide from the CDC.
Feed your body right.
We’re probably all craving comfort food during uncertain times. A healthy diet will support your immune system, and help you adapt to a temporary stay-at-home lifestyle. That should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein. Chili, beef stew, lentil soup, roasted vegetables, and even pot roast or chicken cooked with vegetables can all be both comforting and nutritious.
Even in cooler months, hydration is key, and we can still lose a lot of water in colder, drier weather. Spring is a weather report roller coaster, and it can be easy to forget to drink water. Keep your body hydrated to help ward off infection.
It can be tempting to become a couch potato when we’re limiting social contact and staying inside. Make sure to check local guidelines for closures, observe safe distancing rules, and the latest (often rapidly changing) advice for protective gear. Staying active will help support immune health, refresh your mind, and even support good sleep. Consider indoor workouts that use body weight exercises for cardio, strength and flexibility, so you don’t miss a beat when we begin to return to our usual routines. Push-ups, butt-kicks, high knees, mountain climbers, planks, jumping jacks and burpees can all be combined to make up a high-energy, equipment-free, space-efficient workout.