First of all, I hope all of you and your loved ones are safe and sound during these strange and worrisome times. There is a lot coming at everyone right now from many angles about COVID-19. I just had some simple thoughts I wanted to share with you all through my lens as a trainer during these times to help us all adapt and move forward:
1. Practice good hygiene, wash your hands, shower, etc… Make no mistake it’s not just for you it’s also for the people around you that you interact with on a daily basis.
2. Be mindful of your nutrition. I’m not going to get too long winded about this as we can often make nutrition more complicated than it already is. Simply put, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients of what you’re eating then it’s a high probability you shouldn’t be eating it to begin with.
3. Stay on top of your hydration. Your lymphatic system which is basically your body’s garbage disposal system is made up of 80-90% water depending on the individual. Therefore if you’re not properly hydrated your diminishing your bodies ability to get rid of waste and increasing the likelihood of getting injured and/or sick. I understand a lot of people don’t just like to drink water because it’s boring. My response to that is, even more boring is being sick and/or injured.
4. Exercise is essential to not only improve fundamental human movement, but also for increasing the body’s immunity. Just like nutrition we can split hairs and over-complicate what’s the best exercise plan for everyone. The truth is that it depends on the individuals goals, injury history, and training history. However, for the purpose of this post I’m going to keep it simple for everyone. Do fifteen minutes of some element of exercise everyday, walking, mobility work, weight training, running, jump roping, etc… Find some element of exercise that you enjoy and practice that element and be consistent with it.
5. The importance of quality sleep is still underappreciated and under estimated by the average human. The research that is still coming out about the importance of sleep quality for health is amazing. What we have found with sleep studies is that consistently getting 6 hours and under of sleep puts you at higher risk of injury and illness. Therefore, aim to get at least 7-8 hours of quality consistent sleep every night of the week.
In closing, don’t underestimate the importance of fundamentals, the above elements are fundamental and apply to everyone and should be practiced habitually. Ignore all the noise out there, keep it simple, keep it safe, and most importantly keep it consistent. You guys all take care of yourselves, and be kind to one another.