It’s time to get back out into the world—and how to put their best foot (and face) forward when doing so. Getting back to your pre-pandemic routine may take some effort, but it will be worth it in the long run when you are enjoying gathering with friends for the first time in what feels like forever, for some. So, what can you do now to ensure you are ready to face the world with your best look (and outlook) once your vaccine takes effect? Let’s explore some ideas below.
1. First thing’s first: Set your expectations
What are your plans for feeling good? Having a goal in mind for how you want to face the world is critical as you will have something to work toward—a mountain to climb that you will relish completing as you move toward your best self.
Just take stock of who you are (both pre- and post-pandemic) and what you want. For instance, if your ultimate goal is to lose weight, you have to prepare your mind and body. You need to be patient with yourself, always have a meal plan in mind, and avoid restrictive diets if you want to see real results. If you want to focus on boosting your skincare routine, start by washing your face daily, using a moisturizer and always applying sunscreen. Is your home bringing you down? If so, it’s time for a refresh to dispel any built-up negativity. Take the time to clean and declutter, then consider easy updates like new paint, wallpaper, or decor.
Whatever you decide, choose something that can benefit you in your life.
2. Strategize around nutrition
Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, embracing a nutrition-focused diet should be part of your overall strategy to feel your best (mentally and physically). Here are just a few tips:
- If you’re working from home, chances are you have experienced the siren song of the kitchen cabinets where the chips are stored. The trick is to avoid working in or around the kitchen so that it requires effort to satiate that desire to snack.
- Pre-plan and prepare your meals. Meal prepping is a great way to save money and time—not to mention you can choose healthy options before you eat. That way, you’re hungry self isn’t given free rein to wreck your careful progress.
- Drink more water! You know you’re not drinking enough—this is your reminder to get up and refill your cup.
3. Tailor your workouts to your goals.
At-home workouts are a great way for you to get in some bodyweight-focused activity and movement without having to leave your living room. Twenty-minute routines can give you results and, most importantly, get you moving. Doing short exercises like chair squats, bridges, lunges, and push-ups will help your muscles loosen and increase your heart rate.
If you’re trying to get gains and aren’t achieving the results you want, it may be time to change up your routine. Do your regular bodyweight exercises, but don’t forget to stretch and move around in different ways.
4. Use technology to your advantage
As you’re working out, you may find that you like seeing the stats on your steps, mileage, heart rate activity, or other metrics. Technology solutions like heart rate monitors, fitness trackers, and smartwatches offer you a window into the data-heavy side of fitness and can help you achieve your goals. Trackers can also help you develop routines and remind you to work out.
Using your smartphone to work out is one of the easiest ways to track activities and ensure you are burning sufficient calories for whatever your current goal may be. When using your phone as a GPS or step counter, invest in a screen protector that will guard it against scratches and cracks, which could happen with strenuous workouts!
Go forth and be safe
Feeling your way back to a new normal will take some time and perseverance. However, with all of this knowledge under your belt, you can re-enter the world confidently and feeling your best.
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