Staying Healthy During Lockdown

Julia Strasius, Design Editor

Being under quarantine can make an individual feel stuck and hopeless. However, it creates an opportunity for one to form a healthy routine in their daily life. Here are some ways you can stay healthy during quarantine:

Create a Workout Routine 

According to a report done by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to an individual’s health. It can increase one’s risk of getting heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even result in death. The American Heart Association recommends that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week. Gyms currently use social media to continue classes after their closures. Currently, sophomore Daniela Hernandez has switched to online dance classes after her studio closed.

 “I miss being able to dance with my friends…[but] I like the creativity it demands from students and teachers,”  Hernandez said. 

Whether it is trying 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene, or the 30 Day Fitness Challenge by HIIT Total Body, it is important to stay active throughout quarantine. 

Proper Nutrition

According to a Business Insider report, most U.S.  residents eat out more than five times a week. However, with restaurants closed around the world, individuals need to tap into their inner chef. Although takeout and delivery may be available, it is important to keep the body healthy through whole foods. Chefs have taken their work to social media, by showing their viewers how to make home cooked meals. For instance, Antoni Porowski’s “Quar Eye: Cooking Lessons in Quarantine ” series on Instagram covers various meals one can make with only a few ingredients that may be left in their pantry. So bring out a cookbook or your phone and get cooking. 

Try a New Activity

While stuck in quarantine, not only should one focus on staying healthy physically, but mentally as well. Therefore, an individual should partake in new activities to enrich their mind, whether this is by doing a puzzle, or painting a picture. One can also take free online classes of their choosing, like those given by Harvard University. Therefore, keeping your mind busy by reading a book, learning how to cook, or even crochet, makes your time in quarantine go by much faster.

Social Media Socializing

Although we must practice social distancing, having access to social media still allows individuals to communicate with friends and family. One can do a Zoom call game night, a Netflix party, or even an Instagram live to connect with those around them. It is important to reach out to friends and family to maintain a healthy and normal mindset during quarantine.