The outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent social distancing rules, lockdowns, and enforced periods of quarantine and isolation have been tough on all of us. For men across the globe, the pandemic has caused us to lose confidence, gain weight, and fall far from our very best.
Fortunately, with a rapidly accelerating vaccine programme, light is now very much at the end of the tunnel, and we can begin to prepare for a future without COVID-19.
However, with things beginning to open up, you will need to make sure you are back in shape and back to your best. Here’s how!
Get Ready To No Longer Work From Home
While working remotely sparked jubilation amongst many of us at the start of the pandemic, it soon became extremely tiring when we realised quite how long we were going to have to do it for.
Sitting at a kitchen table or slouched on a sofa or bed for our regular 9-5 hasn’t exactly been ideal, and unless you’ve had your posture in mind, you are likely to have suffered back problems as a result.
For some men, this has caused them trouble sleeping. If you are amongst those, then it may be worth seeing a chiropractor and get your back in order before the big return to work.
Work Off That Excess Weight You’ve Gained
The closure of gyms and leisure centres has made it much harder for men to reach their physical peaks during the pandemic. With many more nights in spent munching on takeaways and binging Netflix series, many of us will have gained a few pounds in the process.
That said, to be at your best for when things begin to open up again, there are still plenty of exercises for weight loss that you can carry out at home.
Dedicate several mornings or evenings every week to getting yourself back into shape, ready to hit the ground running after the pandemic. Now is the time to work off that excess weight that’s slyly crept up on you.
Look After Your Health And Wellbeing
To complement your new exercise regime, you should make sure you return to eating a healthy, balanced diet, packed with protein and plenty of fruit and vegetables. If you are struggling to get your five a day down you, then be sure to top up with supplements to keep you on the right track.
Just as important as our physical health, is our mental wellbeing. The pandemic has been crippling for those who suffer from mental illness, and many of us may be experiencing the effects of poor mental health for the very first time as a result of this new, enforced way of living.
There is plenty of work to do if you want to be back to your best by the time the pandemic ends but do not fret, this is achievable with dedication and hard work. Stick to this cheat sheet and you will be feeling fitter, healthier and leaner in no time.