Originally published on medium.com
Sweatpants and loungewear are quickly becoming the new business casual as homebound life continues to be the reality for most during the current coronavirus pandemic. The implementation of social distancing practices and heightened sanitary awareness intensifies shopping trips and daily routines. Eating and spending habits, as well as physical activity levels, are shifting drastically and not necessarily in the right direction for a number of people.
Larry Greenfield, a New York-based personal trainer, knows how easy it is to gain weight during stressful times. Below, Mr. Greenfield explores five concrete ways that people can avoid inadvertent weight gain while adjusting to a life tethered to home.
Way 1: Trying Healthy New Recipes
The quickest way to get excited about eating healthy and maintaining your desired weight is diving into the kitchen and exposing yourself to the abundant amount of delicious meals the healthy life has to offer. Discover new foods to fall in love with and dump junk food guilt for good.
Way 2: Doing Light Activity
When times are busy, and you cannot seem to fit in 30 minutes of physical activity, consider doing light exercises throughout the day. Do mini-workouts when you have a few minutes several times a day, such as jumping jacks while waiting on the oven to pre-heat, and you’ll be surprised with the effectiveness of this practice.
Way 3: Sleeping More
When humans do not get enough of what scientists consider to be an appropriate amount of sleep, mental and physical health suffer. Lack of sleep causes an increase in the hormone ghrelin, which is what communicates hunger to the brain. At the same time, the body experiences a decrease in the hormones that indicate when you are full, otherwise known as leptin. This duo working together can wreck dieting progress. Loss of rest can also increase irritation and stress from fatigue, which do more harm than good to body weight.
Way 4: Choosing a New Fitness Goal
How many people do you think made fitness goals a part of their New Year’s resolution? About two-thirds of adults in the United States. And how many people stuck with it? According to a Harris Interactive survey that included 2,071 participants, only 27% of people who establish in-shape aspirations for New Year did not give them up. That means 73% of the group quit before meeting their well-being objectives. Unfortunately, many fitness resolutions do not even make it past the second week of February.
Why is it so hard to keep up ambitions of physical health?
Sometimes motivation can be lost easier than gained, especially when attempting a significant fitness lifestyle change that might seem a little unrealistic two weeks after starting. Every week, choosing a new fitness goal will help you maintain incentives as well as water growth. When you establish small maintainable mile markers such as drinking one green tea a day or inserting a quick 90-second abdominal workout nightly before bed makes losing weight and keeping it off doable.
Way 5: Establishing a Routine
A routine is a great way to aid in keeping you on track with your targeted plan of avoiding weight gain. When you have a mobile set schedule every day, you can avoid toxic triggers like bored snacking or overeating. There are tons of routine samples available on the internet to consider exploring before administering your own. You want to create a proactive routine that realistically fits best with your lifestyle.
About Larry Greenfield
Larry Greenfield is a certified fitness coach from New York, NY, who specializes in helping men and women over 40 get into the best shape of their life. Through years of experience, he’s discovered that personalizing his approach to fit each client’s needs and aiming for long-term results is the best path to improve his clients’ lifestyle. When he is not working, Larry enjoys fitness, art, traveling, and outdoor activities with his family.