While the world battles against a global pandemic isolating the majority of the people and confining them to their homes, a bigger fight continues for those who are single, the struggle of staying alone and out of human touch. While others, married or in a relationship, on the contrary, face problems of strained relations because of a lack of communication and personal space. Here is our latest in our quarantine series of managing the fallout of lockdown through fitness and healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s consider what to do when the stay-at-home order is lifted.(more…)
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As we are spending more time indoors in the wake of COVID-19, a lot of unexpected issues have started to arise. Today, this quarantine series post addresses the problems we might be facing with our partner as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle and close, cramped quarters. Most of us are quarantined with our spouse, and a common question of concern is how to deal with intimacy issues and maintain a healthy relationship with your partner during these challenging times.(more…)
In this world, stress and tension can seem inescapable. From the charged political climate to fighting for recognition at work, to struggling with the balance between self-care and the myriad of daily obligations, a sense of overwhelm can easily set in. Factor in the Covid-19 pandemic and all the worries that go along with being completely remote from the lifestyle we are used to, and we have a recipe for stress and anxiety. It’s vital that we employ a series of stress relief solutions to try to stay healthy.
Luckily, there are many ways to find even just a moment of solace during the day. And in these moments, when we take a deep breath and settle back into our bodies, into the moment, the fog clear and we can start to remember what is most important in our lives.(more…)
This entry in the Swole quarantine series answers a few questions relating health to healthy relationships during the pandemic. I’m hearing this same question a lot lately, “how can I stay healthy during quarantine?”
There are also quite a few people asking, “how can I keep my marriage strong during quarantine?”
If you think about it, those answers go hand-in-hand. Staying healthy in a stay-at-home lockdown is equally important for survival as it is for maintaining a solid relationship with your partner.
In any relationship, it is important to maintain a state of balance between work, health, communication, activities, alone-time, and so-on. This is especially applicable even when it comes to marriage. As important as it is to spend time together, find common interests, and indulge in shared activities, the importance of personal space and having time to yourself cannot be undermined. Having to stay indoors all the time, it is normal to feel frustrated, cranky, and even depressed at times.
When you are not feeling at your best, your mental state will likely be reflected in your behavior and projected to your partner. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body and although it is very easy to get off track in the absence of a routine, make sure to take out time to do activities that will keep you and your partner physically and mentally fit resulting in a healthy relationship and even stronger bond.
Here are a few health tips that you should practice during quarantine in order to keep your marriage healthy and thriving.
Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet
A healthy and well-balanced diet rich in all required nutrients can keep you physically fit and also boost your immunity. Since you are more likely to adopt a sedentary lifestyle during the quarantine, portion control while ensuring the intake of all vital nutrients can keep you physically and mentally fit. It can also significantly boost your mood leading to a better relationship with your spouse.
Maintain a Workout Routine
It is easy to spend all day in your pajamas, eat junk food, and turn into a couch potato when you do not have anything to look forward to. However, it is important to keep a workout routine. You can partner up with your spouse and do a couple of workouts. Physical activity is also associated with a boost in the release of several neurotransmitters, the major regulators of mood and energy levels.
Look After Your Mental Health
As we are trying to adjust to the new reality of our quarantine life, it is normal to feel stressed and down. If these feelings are allowed to prolong, they can turn into serious mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Your behavior is often a projection of your mental state which is why you should look for any unusual changes in your or your spouse’s behavior. Reach out to them, talk to them, and keep them busy with healthy activities. Although distanced, we are still connected in more ways than not. Video chat with your friends and extended family and if the situation does not improve, seek online counseling.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
During quarantine, day drinking has become a norm for most of us. It is important to keep your and your spouse’s drinking frequency in check. In addition, do not take any drugs that have not been prescribed to you in an attempt to deal with anxiety, fear, or any other negative feelings. Excessive day drinking and drug use is certainly one way to ensure you do NOT stay healthy during the quarantine.
Seek Marriage Counseling
If it is getting too overwhelming and none of the tips are helping, do not hesitate to seek online marriage counseling. Check out this helpful information on the benefits of getting quality marriage counseling if you think counseling is the next best step: https://www.regain.us/advice/marriage/ free-marriage-counseling-you-get-what-you-pay-for/.
As a matter of fact, quarantine is taking a toll on all of us. However, we are all in this together and although physically distanced, we can stay connected via technology. Maintaining a routine and keeping your spouse in the loop will not merely make you survive the quarantine but come out of it stronger.
Today, the biking infrastructure has tremendously improved in most cities across the globe. However, most people still don’t bike to work despite these improvements. If you are among them, you will be surprised to know what you are missing out by not riding to work. Cycling to work can have splendid benefits, from helping you keep fit, achieve your weight loss goals to helping conserve the environment.
While the benefits of biking to work are endless, here is an exclusive look at the top 7 reasons why everyone should bike to work.(more…)
The human body requires a good balance of hormones in order for everything to function properly. One of those is, naturally, testosterone. It is known as the primary male sex hormone, but producing sperm is not its only purpose. The importance of testosterone for maintaining good health, particularly in middle-aged and older males, should not be ignored.
Get yourself informed: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276013(more…)
If you want to stay healthy, it is absolutely mandatory that you are properly hydrated. Unfortunately, most people from around the world do not consume as many fluids as are actually needed. Remember that 60% of your body is made out of water. You need to be sure that you drink as much water as the body needs. Check out our popular post that talks about how much water you should drink to be sure your hydration plan is on point.(more…)
Ever heard the song that goes:
“Your toe bone connected to your foot bone,
Your foot bone connected to your ankle bone…”
This is an old spiritual song whose chorus is used to teach children about the human skeleton. It can also remind us workout fiends that everything in your body is connected, and if just one of those bones, or organs, or systems gets sick, it can throw off the whole body.
If any single function on your body is not working correctly, it will affect the rest of your body. For instance, these tips will help keep 6 important factors of your body in check and help you improve your fitness in the new year.(more…)
For those who have been struggling to shed a few pounds and get down to a healthy weight, the journey might seem harder than it is supposed to be. Even if you’re trying to gain weight, sometimes the process seems nearly impossible. After all, you have tried to monitor your caloric intake, you’ve increased your activity levels, and you are trying to keep up a positive, can-do attitude. So which factors can help you control the effect of metabolism on weight gain?
If the scale isn’t budging or if it seems to be going in the opposite direction, you might want to start looking at the silent work of the microorganisms living in your gut. Most people blame their metabolism for unexplained weight gain, weight loss, or plateau, but it might be directly related to the health of your gut. That may be true, but we need to look at the health factors that help lower and increase metabolism and affect your lifestyle.
You may have thought you were in this weight struggle on your own, but the truth of the matter is that there are trillions of tiny bacteria in the digestive system that have a very strong influence on your metabolism and weight fluctuations. Let’s examine how gut bacteria can affect your digestive system and metabolism, making it harder to make the scale move in the desired direction.(more…)
It can be hard sometimes keeping your energy levels on a high; especially during the festive season when family members are back home, your toddlers are running around the house and visitors are streaming in and out of your home. In these stressful times, you need to find a few healthy ways to boost your energy levels… and quick!
Family holidays like this, where Christmas and New Year festivities are just a week apart, can be stressful. From decorating, to the wrapping of gifts and even thinking about your New Year resolutions, many people can become overwhelmed by the festivities.
Despite the holiday pressures, we should strive to focus on our physical, mental and spiritual health. As such, today we are going to discuss various ways you can maintain high energy levels this festive season and make unforgettable memories with your family.
Let’s delve into specifics.(more…)