As we continue to settle into our new normal over the coming weeks and months, it’s essential that we prioritize well-being in our own lives, including healthy behaviors around nutrition, sleep, stress management and physical activity.
Each of these play a key role in protecting our mental wellness and our immune system. Here’s a rundown of strategies to keep in mind:
NUTRITION | sugars and processed carbs are inflammatory, do our best to limit these. Incorporate as many veggies as possible, along with fresh fruits (especially berries).
ALCOHOL | eliminate (or continue to eliminate if already gave up for Lent), or limit to not more than 1-2 drinks per day.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY | any type of movement counts! Aim for at least 30 minutes a day, but even 5-10 minutes is enough to enhance endorphin release and boost mood.
SLEEP | aim for at least 7 hours per night for optimal immune function. Skimping on sleep also makes it more likely that we eat more refined processed carbs, drink more alcohol, and skip our workouts.
Boost your own personal ‘Social Distancing” Toolkit:
- Download the Eat Fit Smartphone app for healthy recipes, including zero-proof cocktails, mocktails and Eat Fit dishes, along with brand-specific shopping guides for nutritious food + drink to stock up on.
- Visit www.OchsnerFitness.com for at-home workout videos that will continue to be added over the coming weeks and months.
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