Inspired by our friends at the American Heart Association, and with a passion for helping people build their best lives in Northwest Arkansas, we'd like to share some tips on how to stay healthy at home!
We're not entirely out of the woods with coronavirus, and many people are choosing to stay home, limiting their exposure to crowds. As we continue to spend more time at home and settle into new routines, it's essential to create and maintain healthy habits.
The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health, offers many resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Their chief medical officer for prevention, Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, stated, "It's important to wash our hands and stay home when we feel sick, but it's equally as important to regard our physical activity and healthy eating habits. These are the foundation to maintaining and improving your overall health."
With that said, here are four specific things we can do at home for better whole-body health:
1. Establish a Fitness Area
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, adults should get at least 2-1/2 hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week. Having access to fitness equipment at home makes it easier to reach these fitness goals. Plus, exercising at home offers more privacy and doesn't require a membership fee.
To get started, you'll want to establish a dedicated space in your home. Investing in a flex room or rearranging your garage are great ways to do this. Once your fitness area is set up, consider creating a home circuit workout. Select three or four exercises like jumping jacks, lunges, or jogging in place. Do each exercise in short bursts and repeat the circuit two to three times. No matter what, have fun and keep it up!
2. Keep a Well-Stocked Pantry
3. Create a Spot for Relaxation
It also helps to take a few minutes each day to meditate,
walk the dog, listen to music, improve your sleep hygiene for more restful
sleep, and call friends and family to stay socially connected. For more ideas, the American Heart
Association offers several great resources on how to manage stress.
4. Make Space in Your Schedule
Modern schedules have become infamously frantic, leaving us feeling completely wiped out. Over time, this can lead to poor health, trouble sleeping, and even depression. It can be just as important to create space in your schedule as it is to create space in your home for rest and relaxation.
Protecting Hearts at Home
We'd like to thank the American Heart Association for its dedication to protecting our hearts and minds. We also appreciate their inspiration and resources for healthy living. If you're interested in learning more about the local chapter in Northwest Arkansas, visit their dedicated webpage. And if you're looking to start a new chapter (in a new home), we'd love to help. Building a life you love starts right here!