Staying healthy is never easy - especially in current times with the threat of new viruses, a never-ending to do list, and pressure to keep up. But, if you establish a routine and work on a little self-care, healthy living may not be too far our of your grasp.
Here are some of our favorites to get you started.
Meditation is so good for you, it should always be part of your normal routine. It can be especially important when you can’t get to your regular exercise sessions.
If you’re in the middle of travel, a time crunch, or otherwise missing your regular exercise, meditation helps to reduce stress and improve decision-making. These are both things you’ll appreciate during the chaotic and stressful times that intrude on everybody’s lives.
If you’re hurt or sick, meditation is doubly good. First, it’s a way to focus on wellness even when your body is compromised. Second, it’s been shown to boost the immune system and evenspeed up healing from injuries.
Pro Tip: Wear your Performance Pants while meditating or doing yoga to speed up recovery even more, and reduce any aches and pains you may have going on.
The trouble with weight training is you can’t really pack your kettlebells for a week-long business trip, let alone the plates and bench for a session of powerlifting. Sure, lots of hotels have a gym, but not all of them. And some gyms don’t have much more than a line of treadmills and a couple of TVs perma-tuned to infomercials.
But you don’t have to skip resistance training when you travel. Your body comes equipped with more than 100 pounds of weights you can lift in a variety of ways using simple body-weight exercises, some of which you may know - like pushups, situps, and burpees.
With a dozen of these in your mental back pocket, you can get a solid workout no matter where you find yourself.
Pro Tip: Protect your joints from a quick body-weight HITT session with the Knee Sleeve or Elbow Sleeve. Because it is relatively low weight, repetitions are typically higher thus putting more stress on your joints.
Swimming, aqua aerobics, and other in-water exercises are an excellent choice for people recovering from an injury because they reduce the impact of exercise to zero. While in the water chest deep or so, your joints and core no longer bear the weight of your body.
That means you can move through positions and motions your injured self couldn’t manage, allowing you to begin gently exercising your body even while it’s still healing. As a bonus, the water itself provides resistance, so any movement you take builds muscle, even while it’s straining your injuries less.
Water exercises are also a good option for long business trips. Most hotels have a pool, so you can get a combination of resistance and cardio training even under adverse circumstances.
Walking is good for you and should be part of your normal routine as well as whatever you do for a “real” workout. Industry leaders such asHarvard Medical School encourage walking for reasons including:
If you’re experiencing downtime because you’re away from your regular routine, it’s easy to take a walk in most places, whether you’re exploring a new area or on the treadmill in the gym at a convention. You can even turn an airport terminal into an impromptu walking track. If you’re injured or recovering from an illness, short walks can be the first steps toward your regular active lifestyle.
Pro Tip: Don't forget to wear your Active Socks to relieve fatigue while spending long hours on your feet.
An injury to one part of your body may mean you have to take it easy with certain limbs, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything until you’re off the disabled list. A sprained wrist just means it’s leg day every day for a while, and a broken toe lets you focus on those biceps.
Cross-training can be especially gratifying for serious athletes. If you’re the sort who goes a little crazy standing still at a stoplight, then this might be best for you. You can also cross-train at a hotel if you’re traveling.
Talk with your trainer about which muscle groups you can safely work out, then develop a plan to do exactly that while you recover. Don't forget to wear your Incrediwear sleeve or brace on the injured area for improved recovery rates.
Stretching is important to everyday health and fitness. It helps toimprove range of motion and decrease your risk of injury while working out and during regular life. It also has the benefit of requiring little time and no extra equipment.
If you can’t get your workout in because of constraints on your time or location, a 15-minute session of focused stretching keeps your body active and your mind on your wellness. You can do it in a hotel room, on your in-laws back porch, or even in an airplane seat while waiting for takeoff.
When you’re sidelined because you’re ill, a set of stretches while lying or sitting down can be equally beneficial. It doesn’t tire your body like a full exercise session but does prevent many of the joint and muscle aches associated with lying still for too long.
Sometimes, you’re out of action with no options except to rest until your body is ready for even the simplest training. When that happens, your best option is to remain still, resting and healing until your doctor and your body tell you to begin the long road back to your normal self.
That’s never fun, especially to people accustomed to being active and fit. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore your recovery team’s instructions and start moving before your body is ready. Such mistakes can prolong recovery by weeks, months, or even years.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything at all. Research has found that intentionally focusing on gratitude, even in a situation where it’s difficult to feel grateful about anything at all, can actuallyaccelerate healing and improve health. It may sound a little out there, but really, it’s a form of meditation. And as we discussed earlier, the benefits of meditation are well-studied and firmly established.
In cases other than illness and injury, most people fall out of a fitness routine because they run out of time. However, recent research has found that even 20 to 30 minutes of moderate exercise increases productivity by several hours’ worth of focus and energy. Also, wearing Incrediwear can help you recover 46% faster and miss fewer days from your regular training. If you think about it that way, your busiest times are the times you most need to do some of the things on this list.
Tim Wise worked on Wall Street for two decades before he moved to Montana, where he spends his free time meditating and hiking in the mountains with his family of six.
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