Tips on Staying Mentally and Physical Fit

What are you doing to stay mentally and physically fit? For physical fitness, if your answer is, I’m not sure, not enough, I want to do more, or I need to do something, then it’s time to get creative.

In pre-Covid times, I was working out by going to exercise classes, playing tennis when I could, and using different machines at the gym. Nowadays, I work out at home. Turning a room or area in your house or apartment into an at-home gym can be the answer. For example, I bought foam square flooring and laid it over tile in my living room so I had cushioning for better body support. I created a workout space for myself consisting of a yoga mat, press bench, various weights, kettlebells, resistance bands, and a table to put my phone or laptop on so I can take online classes. I also really enjoy getting outside and walking my dog.

For my mental fitness, I focus on work, practice meditation, and gratitude, do jigsaw and crossword puzzles, read, write, and journal.

To relax, I listen to soothing music and audiobooks, take walks, get fresh air, bake, and watch Netflix.

Doing all of these things helps me stay clear and positive. There are so many things that are out of our control (especially these days), that being able to focus on the things we can control, like eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising, and virtually connecting with loved ones, will help keep us all mentally and physically strong.

What are you doing to boost your mood and fitness during this time?