We all struggle to take care of our health at times. This was particularly true during the pandemic. Not only was it no longer an option to go to the local gym, but with extended hours at home, many became more sedentary in general. Throw in a bit of thoroughly understandable stress eating, and, well, those “pandemic pounds” make perfect sense. The good news, though, is that as many look to get their health back on track, it’s never been easier to do just that! In this piece, we want to expand on that idea by pointing out some of the factors that give you every opportunity to achieve and maintain excellent health.
Now that more fitness apps and YouTube videos than ever are in circulation, more people are taking workouts into their own hands in the comfort of their own homes. Indeed, the Club Industry fitness news hub even notes that people are now getting into “combo” experiences that amount to all-in-one fitness routines guided by virtual trainers. It’s become clear that even as gyms reopen, the at-home virtual exercise option has grown so sophisticated that it’s helping many to stay in shape.
Normalization of Self-Care
As we pointed out in the piece “Get A Handle On Your Physical And Mental Health In 2022”, it’s important to check in with yourself on how you’re feeling. And fortunately, with self-care (rightfully) being treated more and more like a normal aspect of personal health, more people are checking in on their feelings, and pursuing wellness on their own time.
It has become apparent in the last few years that people have been pushing their own self-care to the side, instead choosing to work harder and put others before themselves. As burnout and general stress from the pandemic has taken over, however, lots are discovering just how essential self-care is to being our best. After all, it’s pretty hard to take care of your family or put your best foot forward at work when you’re tired, anxious, or drained!
A piece by Dr. Tiffany Jana at Medium explains that normalizing self-care is something everyone should be doing. Whether it’s by getting massages when you can, buying yourself a bath bomb and taking an uninterrupted bath, or simply opening up a book you’ve been wanting to read, any little bit can help.
Medical Care Through Telehealth
Another major way in which it’s gotten easier to take care of your health is that we’ve seen a significant rise in telehealth – meaning that seeing a doctor for a consultation is now much more convenient. This is not merely a pandemic trend, either. The Wheel telehealth reference site makes it clear that physicians are gaining more interest in practicing remotely on a regular basis – seeking out the resources they need to make their practices more flexible and independent. The more this continues to happen, naturally, the more people will be able to depend on remote consultation and care when potential health issues arise.
Patients of all kinds are indicating preferences for this form of care on the grounds that it’s safe, quick, and accessible. Should you feel sick, sustain an injury exercising, or worry about your general health, you’re likely now just a short wait away from a video meeting with a doctor or nurse who will help you get to the bottom of it.
Fitness & Nutrition Tracker Apps
Needless to say, we live in an era of convenience and technology. This means that from the comfort of your home, in addition to exercising regularly, you can take control of your nutrition choices via guidance from apps. Granted, there are dozens of apps in this category and it can take some time to find the right fit. But if you aim for a program that educates you about nutrition (rather than pushing a specific diet) and helps you track what you should be eating and avoiding, you may find that it has a quick and significant impact on your health.
Likewise, fitness trackers offer better visibility with regard to your exercise and general physical activity levels. Even just knowing your “step count” in a given day – while not directly significant in any particular way – will help you to recognize when you might need a little more activity.
Alongside the apps, health-tracking devices such as Fitbit, Whoop, the Amazon Halo, and even Apple Watch can now provide you with incredible visibility into your physical activity. With one of these devices, you can gain a better idea of your heart rate, daily fitness level, sleep quality, and in some cases your general mood. This information, together with a doctor’s recommendations on what you ought to change, can help you alter your lifestyle for the better – and with ease.
Taking care of your health has never been easier, and it’s going to get even more so from here on out. With a little bit of effort and some tech tools at your disposal, you will find yourself on a journey to better health and fitness in no time.