Here at Bargain Bunny, we know that the pandemic has hit our health and fitness hard, but we also know that we are not alone. Whether you have gained some weight, lost some fitness from lack of exercise, or been eating junk just to get through, there is no judgment, but we want to share what has helped us.
Exercise is a very controversial topic. What might seem like a huge amount of exercise for one person, might seem like absolutely nothing for someone else. Do not compare yourself to someone else, do what works for you, and don’t push yourself too hard.
Start off small, perhaps a 15 minute walk around the block every other day, and build it up. You could also try a home workout, using an app, videos available on YouTube or other websites, or perhaps even a workout DVD that you have had at the back of the cupboard for months (or even years) but which you just got bored of (or in my case, never tried)!
You certainly don’t have to go all out and spend a fortune on expensive gym equipment or memberships!
Food is an essential part of life – we need calories to help our bodies function and to survive. Not sure how many you should be consuming? Check out a free calculator tool such as this one and see how many you should be eating to reach your goal weight, or just to maintain where you are at.
I found early on in lockdown that as I was working from home and not picking up sandwiches or groceries every day, that I was getting really bored of my menu choices. I got some recipes off the internet and have become much more confident in the kitchen, and am eating things that I didn’t even know I liked before!
Shopping around, meal planning, as well as targeting yellow sticker items can be a great way of varying your diet, trying new items, and keeping it all within your budget. If money is tight, you could try to grab a Too Good to Go Box, or use other apps such as Olio where food is given away to people in the community to prevent waste.
Sometimes people with meal subscription plans are able to gift a free box to friends to let them try it out. Ask your friends and family if they have any to give away. It is a subscription service, but you can cancel right away. It’s a great way of getting free food and try out some new recipes.
Mental health has obviously been affected during this time too. Whether you are not able to see loved ones and friends, are still going to work every day, have had to self isolate, have been home schooling, or are in any of the other millions of individual circumstances we have found ourselves in, the key is to be kind to yourself and others!
If you are struggling, make sure to speak to someone, whether a friend, family member or trusted colleague. If you feel that things are more serious than that or if you don’t feel comfortable doing that, there are various phonelines you can call for free to speak to someone such as the Samaritans, or of course contact your GP.
Just because your situation is hard, doesn’t mean other people’s are as well. A bit of respect and tolerance can go a long way. That’s not to diminish what you are feeling and going through, but just bear it in mind. Something you are struggling with, someone else might not be, but they may also be struggling with something that you could not have imagined that someone might find hard!