Tips To Stay Healthy While Self Isolating
An opinion piece by Studio Owner, Cianne Van Eck Duymaer Van Twist (BDes, MMgt, Adv. HYPOXI, POLESTAR Studio)
What a time to be alive! The world is in a spin; your routine is changing and perhaps you have found yourself out-of-office and working from home, re-thinking your social plans, even your approach to shopping centres and restaurants!
Above all, health is top of mind and now more than ever is a great time to plan and invest- discover your local options, and your healthiest you.
Whether your goal is eating fresher, sleeping longer, moving better, or thinking mindfully, going the extra mile right now will not only nourish your body but make it fighting-fit to support you through life’s inevitable dynamics.
Here are some of our recommendations for crushing health goals and creating new local lifestyles.
1. Eat Fresh
Your local independent grocers, butchers and bakers are still filled with nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, whole-food bread and pasta, and meats.
If you find your go-to supermarket is low on stock, take a discovery walk and be inspired by the friendly and passionate service you get from your neighbours.
If you’re in need of recipes, check our HYPOXI at HOME portal, where you can socialise with like minded health-getters, design your own meal plans, explore recipes with cooking videos and tailor shopping lists rich with anti-inflammatory, flavourful ideas. Or, we have plenty of inspiration here, we post regularly and are LIVE in conversation with our coaches- GEEKING on this topic and would love to share our hacks, favourite dishes and healthy swaps!
2. Sleep Longer
There are so many benefits to a good nights' sleep (increased energy, better mood, exercise performance and recovery, cognitive ability, just to start!). It is SO easily overlooked when trying to fit everything in, and the stress of a lifestyle change will only add to the pile of ‘what keeps us awake’.
Try a new sleep routine; go to bed earlier, rise a little later, have a power nap during the day. Try white noise to sleep with, or aromatherapy, declutter your bedroom, even take the technology out.
Our favourite hack is a power nap in the HYPOXI HDC suit- 20 minutes of compression and cupping to detox the body and relax the mind- you can try one free here.
3. Move Better
We get it- big gyms are not for everyone cup-of-tea and the very mention of exercise is enough to raise a sweat for some!
There are so many ways to move though, and it’s a vital part of your health picture- please don't skip this step! Try different classes (like the myriad of LIVE classes at HYPOXI at HOME), partner up with your household and explore together, get out in the sun and take advantage of being near parks, walkways and beaches.
Here at HYPOXI Studio Dee Why, we recommend a combination of strength and conditioning, as well as cardio- especially low-impact workouts.
Small pilates studios and of course your local HYPOXI offer personal programs, small client-numbers and often a try-it free, or no-lock in the program to get you started and flexible with your changing schedule. While currently closed- supporting little guys is a feel-good for you, and a great way to lock-down (pun intended!) for a bootcamp start to ‘normal’ life- HYPOXI Studio Dee Why are offering a FRESHSTART package to quickly get you back on track.
Don't think you have time for a workout? You should try HYPOXI’s S120- you can work your emails AND nail a workout all at once.
4. Think Mindfully
It’s easy to forget creating headspace for checking in with yourself.
How are you feeling? What's all the noise about? How can we filter it and shift our outlook, focus, sense-of-self and/or happiness?
Meditation is a buzzword right now for a reason, but you don't have to be Gandhi and ‘ground’ yourself on a rug for an hour to get it right!
Meditation can be as simple as having 5 quiet minutes in your day to mindfully have a conversation with yourself. Maybe its a walk around the block without your phone or company, or sitting with a blank paper and journalling or listing your thoughts.
There are apps like Calm and Headspace for a guided meditation- you can use these while doing your HYPOXI HDC suit if you want to bio-hack your nap/meditation and detoxing into a very productive 20mins!
Again, the HYPOXI at HOME portal hosts live and recorded mindfulness workshops. A cost-effective habit-starter and source of many solutions to get your health right on track.
There you have it! A little pep-talk to get you thinking and hopefully inspired to make changes today to kick-start your healthier, local life.