Today, as a Texan and an American, we face unfamiliar times and some uncertainty about what the future may bring amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. You can just about feel the anxiety, stress, and fear in the air when you walk around the streets of my neighborhood and as you drive around the city. These times will definitely test us as individuals and as a community. The main thing we need to do as a community, to get through these somber times unscathed, is rally together (metaphorically) to give each other mental support so that we can grow and learn from this situation. For you, as FIT members, learning during this time means finding ways to self motivate, stay positive, keep moving, and most of all how to NOT FREAK OUT or GIVE UP on what you have been working so hard to achieve with us. Your health and the health of your family should actually be at the forefront. This not only means protecting yourself from the Corona virus, but also taking the extra time to educate yourself on healthier lifestyle choices. Listed below are a few ideas on how to maximize your time at home.
Take some time this week to look at food labels posted on the back of your favorite food items or those that you consume often. How much sugar and salt does the item contain? Does it contain saturated or trans fats? How many carbohydrates do you see in a serving? Does this item have any essential vitamins and minerals? Then look back at the meal plans we gave you at the beginning of your journey with us and ask yourself is this really good for me? Could this fit into my diet without taking up all the fats, carbohydrates, protein, salt, and sugar that are suggested for me? Can you think of a healthier alternative for this item if you even have an inkling that this item isn’t the best choice? If you have any questions concerning your diet, reach out to any of our staff members, and we will do our best to answer your questions thoroughly.
Stay active. It’s time to brush the dust off that exercise equipment in the garage. Quit using your treadmill as a coat hanger and hop on it for at least 30 mins a day or hit the pavement outside. Pump up the bike tires and go for a bike ride alone or with your family. Teach your family members some exercises that we have taught you. Or go old school, bust out the sidewalk chalk, and make an intense game of hopscotch.
Or watch and participate in our at home yoga workout. Watch the videos in order listed here...
Right now is also a great time to think about doing some much needed lawn maintenance or gardening as well. Working in the yard or garden is actually a great workout and allows you to soak up some much needed vitamin D. Vitamin D from the sun is essential to the body and can help alleviate unwanted stress and depression. I personally find working in my garden rewarding. The more love I give it the more fruits and vegetables I reap.
Teach your kids, or yourself, how to properly clean the house, without your Roombas help. I am sure your house could use a good cleaning like mine. It’s also proven that messy spaces breed cluttered minds. So, get rid of or donate the things you don't use anymore, especially the things that are making your house seem messy.
Be creative. Find some new ways to stay active around the house. Make up a workout game with a deck of cards or dice. If you have worked with me before, you know I love a good workout-dice game. Christian and I can both give you some ideas if needed, all you have to do is ask.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to try something new; whether it's a type of food, recipe, exercise, or game.
I hope all of you realize we are still here for you, even though we can’t see you face to face. We have a plan in place to keep you all motivated and active during these times. Right now we are working on pre-recorded workout videos for you, whether you attend semi private classes or do personal training. If you do personal training, have no fear, we are still creating customized workouts to fit your specific goals. Just bear with us, while we get everything ready, to make you successful outside of the gym. You can reach out to us at any time with questions or concerns by email, using your trainers name @fitherapyoftexas.com, by calling our business phone 210-495-3131, shooting us a text, or by reaching out through facebook/instagram.