How to Stay Fit and Healthy at Home
Restrictions and self-isolation make it hard to stay fit and healthy at home. After all, vigorous activities and exercises are always done outdoors. It’s also good to get fresh air and a bit of sunshine to maintain our proper mental and physical functions.
Although it’s often safer indoors, there’s always a tradeoff because we might be compromising our long-term health. Once the crisis is over or if it becomes more manageable, a new set of problems might come out because staying inside for extended hours compromised our health.
How to stay fit and healthy at home
To prevent those new health problems, it’s crucial to pay more attention to what we do every day. After all, most health problems are a result of habits and gradual deterioration and neglect. Yes, there are occasional injuries and accidents which can’t be avoided no matter how careful we are. But it’s still in our control to prevent health problems that could result from our habits.
For example, prolonged sitting plus poor posture put a huge strain to our hip joints and backs. Poor spine health and premature degeneration might also result. It’s a gradual process and the pain or discomfort is often sudden. As a result, we might think that the pain is caused by overexertion or exhaustion yesterday where in fact it’s a result of everyday strain to our backs and hips.
Aside from that everyday strain and gradual deterioration, prolonged sitting can also make us miss out on exciting physical activities indoors or outdoors. Blood circulation becomes inefficient and our biochemical makeup becomes suboptimal. Aside from affecting our heart health and blood circulation, this lack of physical activity also affects our mood and mental health. After all, many of us are still inclined to stay active and our human bodies are designed for movement and activity.
So how do you stay healthy and fit at home and where do we start? First thing is to improve our posture so that our hips and backs won’t face too much strain and burden (you can enquire here at Wellers Hill and Woolloongabba Physiotherapy when it comes to physiotherapy and improving your mobility). It also helps to avoid prolonged sitting and to take regular breaks. This way our bodies can somehow breathe and our joints and muscles can move around and take a break from strain. Improved blood circulation will also result from this break and slight movement.
Prolonged sitting especially for more than 7 hours overall is already considered excessive and harmful. Even with 2 to 5 hours of moderate physical activity each week, prolonged sitting can take away all those benefits from exercise. As a result, it’s better to watch out on your daily habits and how many hours you stay in a sitting position. Small things every day indeed make a difference and it’s especially true in improving our posture and taking regular breaks (stand, stretch and move around) in maintaining our physical health.