Look, in the scheme of things putting on a few kilos while you’re stuck in quarantine isn’t the end of the world, at least you’re safe and healthy.
But that doesn’t mean you should just give in to an unhealthy lifestyle because it’s comfortable or convenient. You started this year with a goal, and this is just another barrier, like any other, that you have to overcome.
There’s no reason you can’t continue hitting your goals in quarantine. If anything, you have more time to do it! But you won’t lose weight if you keep making the same mistakes, and we’ve seen people time and time again fall into unhealthy habits, derailing their progress.
Here are the top 5 quarantine mistakes people are making right now, and how to beat them.
Not having a routine
Whether you’re not working, working from home, still going to work, or acting as a classroom teacher for your kids, having a routine is as important as ever.
Without a set daily routine, it’s easy to get lazy. It’s important while in isolation to set a plan as you normally would any other time – when you eat, when you get active, and things you want to get done.
It’s great to say you want to get something done during this time, but if you don’t set a time to do it it’ll only ever be an idea. Set your plan for the day ahead of time, and stick to it!
Using Isolation as an excuse
Yes, it’s a confusing time and we don’t know what will happen, but don’t use it as an excuse to give up on the goals that you’ve been working on.
Just because we’re in isolation, it doesn’t mean you can give up on healthy eating and eat whatever you like or stop exercising. The fact is, you can still eat clean and exercise, that’s just an excuse.
Sure, it can be more difficult to be self-motivated, but it’s just another barrier you CAN overcome.
Snacking too much
I think we can all agree that isolation makes snacking all day even more difficult to resist!
If you’re like me, you can’t resist opening the fridge or cupboard every time you walk past. It’s not that you’re hungry, you’re just bored.
A snack here and there is fine, but they can quickly add up if you’re having too many. Unfortunately, they add up on your gut too.
For tips to conquer isolation overeating, click here!
Eating too much takeout
When you think about it, there’s a reason takeaway is so popular right now. In stressful situations, we all look for comfort. Many of us find this in foods we enjoy. Obviously, we migrate toward fatty fastfoods and takeout. The other reason I think we’re eating so much of it is that takeaway is somewhat of an ‘outing’ right now for us. It breaks up the day of home-cooking and isolation and is something different and exciting.
As a treat meal, takeaway is great! The problem is that when you’re getting it for dinner a couple of times a week, it quickly adds up.
Spending all your time inside
Staying home doesn’t mean stuck inside.
Be productive with your time, set yourself tasks and reward yourself with things you enjoy when you finish them. I talked to a mate of mine the other day and he said he finally cleaned out his back shed, he’s been talking about that for atleast 3 years!
Make getting out in the sun a part of your daily routine. Whether it’s reading a book, exercising, playing with the kids or doing some odd jobs, the worst thing you can do right now is isolate yourself inside.